When people learn that I help injured athletes get back in the game and work in the performance therapy realm they often ask, “What is the best type of exercise?” I typically answer this question with another question. “What do you like to do?”
This is not to be annoying or avoid answering the question initially asked. It is to gain essential information so that I can provide the best answer.
The most important factor in someone’s exercise routine is consistency. It is easy to be motivated for a week or two with a new activity or workout routine. However, can you maintain the same level of motivation with that activity for 1 month, 6 months, or even a year? This is most often determined by whether the person enjoys the exercise they are doing.
I could suggest weight training due to its countless health benefits, but if this person hates the gym environment she/he is unlikely to give it a shot or remain consistent. On the other hand, if this person is open to all settings then I am likely to suggest working with a qualified trainer or strength and conditioning coach. The greatest type of exercise can only be great if you are able to remain consistent.
Therefore, don’t feel guilty if you don’t enjoy a particular type of exercise. Try out new things to find which exercise or combination of activities you enjoy most because the important thing is to remain consistent and keep moving!
For more information regarding different types of exercise or to gain help in feeling your best so that you can perform at your best, please contact Dr. Zachary Cohen below.