As a personal trainer who has been in the industry for many years, I get asked this question all of the time, "What is the best form of exercise?". It's no wonder with all of the conflicting information, weird gadgets, and fad workouts that people are left confused and overwhelmed.
The truth is, people want to be fit, strong, healthy, and confident, and don't have time to spend hours per day working on their fitness.
The fact that we as a society have made everything so easy and convenient is a big reason why resistance training is the best form of exercise. We spend most of our days in a sedentary state, with a "to do list" a mile long, and surrounded by deliciously irresistible food. For this reason, we need a strategy that will be short and effective!
What is Resistance Training?
Resistance training is a form of exercise where the body is put under load using bodyweight, free weights, machines, or bands. The goal is typically to gain muscle and strength using progressive overload. Although you may be thinking to yourself that you don't want to get "bigger" I guarantee that even if your goals are to lose body fat or longevity, resistance training will be the most effective.
By adding more muscle mass, your body will burn more calories throughout the day. Imagine you didn't need to spend an hour each day going for that intense run just to burn 400 calories? Imagine you turned your body into a calorie burning machine without running yourself into the ground? You get to eat more and spend less time working out, this is why resistance training is superior!
Unlike using cardio to burn calories, resistance training doesn't need to be done every day. For most of my client's goals, I recommend 3x per week of resistance training with daily walks. It's that easy! Just 3 hours per week could get you leaps and bounds towards living the life that you've always imagined.
Sound's almost too good to be true, eh? Take my word for it, try it out and then you can thank me later!