When it comes to moving our body with a bit of purpose, it seems that there’s an ongoing argument in the health and fitness world to prove the ultimate and ‘best’ way of doing this.
We see this play out in trends, such as:
High Intensity Interval Training
Everyone and anyone seeing results with their own personal preferred method feels compelled to shout about how their way is the best to anyone else that will listen.
The thing is here, whilst its admirable (and awesome) that people find a way of moving that suits them, we’re all different. We have different goals, different lives and therefore different rules to take into consideration. What works for some people, might and probably won’t work for others. So here lies the dilemma, what should YOU do this year if you’re looking for your own way of achieving [insert personal fitness goal here]?
We’d argue, all of it!
Now of course there will be certain methods of exercise that will serve your goals better, for instance, if your target is to complete a marathon this year, you’re probably going to need to consider running at some point. But I’d also bring other methods to the table; you’re going to reap a bunch of benefits from mixing up your training and ticking a lot of boxes above. And unless you’re a specialist and looking to go to the Olympics (in which case you probably should have started training already), being a fitness ‘generalist’ is a pretty good approach for all of us.
Because everything has a benefit.
Weight training is very efficient at getting us stronger.
Low Intensity Steady State (LISS) movement is brilliant at improving our aerobic fitness.
High Intensity Intervals are great at tapping into that next gear and helping us work at higher intensities for longer (handy for sport and short bursts of energy).
Bodyweight training helps with controlling ourselves and improving body control and mobility.
And all of this positively impacts our general health, vitality and energy levels.
So when it comes to us answering the question - "What is best to help me achieve my fitness goals?”. Our answer is always, use all the tools in your toolbox. The good thing about this is, when you expose yourself to a large number of training methodologies you’re also more likely to find what you most enjoy in amongst it all. And when we think about being consistent and building long term movement habits, enjoyment is pretty high upon the list.
So there you have it.
Be a fitness generalist.
Go try some things.
Have some fun.
Get fitter/stronger/faster/bouncier/bendier etc.
Because there isn’t a ‘best’ way for everyone to work out, but there might be a best way for you.