What's the Best Exercise for Losing Weight or Building Muscle?

What's the best form of exercise to nail those fitness goals? In order to figure this out you'll need ask yourself some questions and find the reasoning behind the answers. Let's start by analyzing the information below.

First off, how do you choose the right exercise for you? Simple answer, you'll need to find a workout you really enjoy if you have any hope of sticking with it. Finding a workout or a trainer that you enjoy is a key element to weight loss. When you enjoy doing it you'll be more likely to stick with it for the long haul.

Designing the right exercise program for you. Goals make a difference here! Are you trying to lose weight? Are you wanting to build muscle? Are you preparing to run a 5k? Whatever your goals are, it’s good to write them down and be aware of what you’re trying to accomplish. Your goals will shape how you build your workout.

How much time can you devote to exercise? If you can do an hour a day, that’s fantastic. If you have a wife or a husband, three kids, a dog, two jobs, and no maid/butler, then you may only have thirty minutes a day, 4 times a week.

Minimum recommendation for exercise per week:

  • 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week OR 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity for endurance, stamina,

lung and heart health.

  • Two or more strength training sessions per week, with at least 48 hours in between to allow muscles to recovery.

  • Balance/stretching exercises to improve quality of life

(This applies to adults ages 18-64.)

*And whether you are looking to build muscle or lose weight I recommend to always include aerobic, anaerobic, mobility activities in your workout routine.

Where will you work out? At a gym? At home? In the park? What is accessible and will keep you motivated? Maybe try joining a class or ask a friend to be your accountability partner. And if your budget allows, hire a personal trainer. Whatever you decide make sure the environment will work with your goals and needs.

Once you have these questions answered you should have a good starting point. One thing to remember, AND THIS IS A BIG ONE, consistency in training is the number one factor in getting results! And if you struggle with being consistent, staying accountable or just unmotivated and unsure of where to start then please reach out. I'm always happy to help and only a message away.

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