By Mairead Rodgers, RD PHEc
What’s the best kind of exercise out there for you? What’s going to give you the health benefits and results you want?
First and foremost, I’m not here to tell you why CrossFit is the best exercise for everyone everywhere ever. I can tell you why it’s part of the best exercise for me though, and we’ll get to that later.
Ok here’s the big secret:
The best kind of exercise for you is…. the kind you love and will actually do consistently!
If you love the kind of exercise you’re doing, you’ll stick with it, you’ll be consistent with it, and you’ll do it for the long term, not just the next 2 weeks until your motivation runs out. That way you can actually get all the benefits of exercise:
- boosting your good cholesterol
- promoting a healthy weight
- promoting strong bones from weight-bearing activity
- helping to prevent chronic diseases (like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis)
- improving your mood
- improving your energy levels
- improving the quality of your sleep
- maintaining muscle mass later in life when we usually lose it
But if you don’t like the kind of exercise you’re doing, and therefore don’t do it, you’ll see none of those.
For me right now, that means combination of lots of CrossFit and a fair bit of running. I’m also always happy to throw in a bit of yoga, a Dance-Fit class, or pretty much anything else, from time to time to keep things interesting and focus on different goals. These are the kinds of exercise that don’t feel like a chore for me, and that make me want to get up and do it all again tomorrow.
I hope that you love CrossFit and that it truly is the best kind of exercise for you personally. It’s amazing, and our community at Degree is amazing, and we are constantly seeing the positive impact on people’s health. That being said, if you hate CrossFit and love spin class, or a team sport, or would rather go on hikes with your dog, that’s awesome too! I just hope you have some kind of exercise that doesn’t feel like a chore and that makes you happy. If we can help you with that, let us know.
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