A lot of patients ask me what type of exercise they should be doing to keep fit and healthy. Is swimming better than running? Should I be going to the gym? Will Pilates really benefit me? There are a few different components which make up a good exercise regime but probably the most important one is consistency. Good intentions are just that, so the key to a good exercise regime is picking something you enjoy doing so that you are more likely to keep doing it! Move more, sit less. Don’t go for a gym membership if you prefer exercising outdoors and don’t take up running if you hate it.
Variety is also important when it comes to exercise. If you like to run, make sure you include a strength training session or a pilates class to help improve your flexibility and core strength.
Remember your run/spin class/cycle to work only takes care of one aspect of your exercise, your cardiovascular fitness. While this type of exercise is best for fat burning and makes you feel fantastic and look slim it is not the only type of exercise you should be incorporating into your regime. Resistance training is important as it keeps your muscles strong and also increases bone density and your metabolism. Flexibility and core strength ensure good alignment and posture which can help to reduce the likelihood of injuries.
If all of this seems too overwhelming just remember that variety and consistency are the most important things! Overall, if you are combining a few different types of exercise it will help to keep you exercising for longer, and keep you interested in staying fit.