Short Answer: The exercise that you will actually do.
Just like diet – what is the best diet? The one you will stick to (that is based on mostly plants and whole foods).
Especially if you did not grow up doing sports or being active, you NEED to find a form of exercise or movement that you enjoy and will maintain long term!
This is one of the 3 main reasons high school/college athletes often struggle with weight gain after they graduate.
- They don’t learn ‘how’ to exercise for life long health instead of solely for sports performance.
- They continue to eat as if they are practicing 5 days a week.
- They are used to a “team” atmosphere and find solo exercise less fun.
If you can relate to some of these reasons above, we can help. If you miss your “team” or accountability buddies, find new ones! Try a different gym or work out class.
After I quit college softball, I found CrossFit and I gained a whole new family that encouraged me to be strong and healthy. But it doesn’t have to be CrossFit, it can be a Zumba, jazzercise, water aerobics, weight lifting, walking club, or a neighbor you see walking their dog around the same time as you each day.
And if you don’t have an athletic background, it is never too late to start! Try a class or a new hobby, horseback riding, hiking, snowshoeing, swimming, rock climbing, barre3, or yoga.
The possibilities are endless! You just need to take the first step!
If you would like some help or community resources to improve your fitness, contact your Nutrition & Fitness Advisor and we would be happy to help you find your new hobby!
-Ali Parkerson, MS NTP, Peak Medical Clinic