What Kind of Exercise is Best for You?

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There is no one answer to the question of what kind of exercise is best, because to a large extent it will depend on what you want to achieve while getting rid of the surplus poundage.

For example, while most overweight people are likely to be primarily interested in getting rid of their surplus fat and not a great deal more, there will be some people who are equally interested in building their musculature.

For anyone that falls into this category, the exercises that you choose to do will be different from those that work best for people who are just trying to shed the extra pounds of fat.

As an example, if you are trying to replace fat with muscle, then lifting weights is going to be more appropriate than would be swimming or running, although of course, all three forms of exercise would have significant benefits.

In essence therefore, you need to know what your primary target is before deciding what kind of exercise program is best for you.

There are essentially two different types of exercise:

  1. Aerobic
  2. Anaerobic

Aerobic exercise is called this because it encompasses the exercises that make you ‘out of breath’, so that you begin breathing more deeply as a way of replacing the depleted levels of oxygen in your body and blood.

Anaerobic exercise on the other hand is the opposite, the kind of exercise that does not get you out of breath or make you ‘puff and pant’.

We will expand about a both in the next post.