I get asked a lot similar questions, so over the next month both on my Instagram (@fitchicnic) and on here, I’ll be going through the alphabet talking about some of the most common health and fitness related questions and topics.
E is for Exercise
“What’s the best exercise to do?” Firstly, the “best” is the one you can stick to doing consistently. I’m a rubbish swimmer and hate cycling, so for me those wouldn’t be a good choice if I wanted to try to exercise 4-5x a week to keep fit. However that’s not to say you shouldn’t address your weaknesses – I plan to swim more this year, but as an added extra, not as my main focus.
It depends on your goal as to specifically the ‘best’ thing to do, but for general all around fitness I usually advise doing a mixture of cardio (whatever sort), strength training in the gym, and some kind of stretching or yoga class.
Remember for “losing weight,” you don’t have to run on a treadmill! (A common misconception I come across, maybe because that’s the “go-to” in the gym when people aren’t too sure what else to do.)
Weight/fat loss is about energy balance and expenditure. Less calories in than out, in a healthy, long term and controlled way. This doesn’t just mean eat less – you need to fuel the body to support the exercise your body is going through, but the saying “you can’t out-exercise a bad diet” is true.
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