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Dr Cris here with The Ask Dr Cris Show. Today’s question comes from Robyn and she wants to know ‘what’s the best exercise to do?’ Lots of mixed opinions with this.

You know, what I am going to say Robyn is that it is whatever you enjoy. As long as it is something that you enjoy you will be able to do it consistently, because it is consistency with activity that leads to results. It is not about the form of activity. Everyone is different. Some people do not enjoy running so I don’t recommend to them that they need to run. They need to find something they will enjoy and something that you can do consistently. 30 to 60 minutes most days a week is actually what is recommended for health. It seems like a lot but you build up slowly and you can do it in 10 minute lots so you can do 3 times 10 minutes a day and slowly build it up from there.

There are different types of activities that will work on different areas of your health. If you wanted to include different components within your schedule what you would do is interval style training which means you might do something which is called huffy puffy exercise one day which is where you get your heart rate up and you’re sweating a little bit. That might be fast walking, some jogging, some swimming or some cycling.

Then there is resistance training where you are moving against your own body weight or against resistance weights and what that does is it helps with your insulin resistance, your ability to move sugar in your body, builds muscle and builds bone so it has its benefits that way.

The third and final classification of exercise is about suppleness, is about stretching, and that might be yoga or it might be Pilates or It might be a different form of stretching exercise. That has benefits to reduce chronic pain and reduce your risk of injury so each has its own benefits. Find something that you enjoy, chop and change, move it up so that your body is always guessing and you’re always getting the benefits from it but the most important thing is consistency. Thanks so much for your question. Please ask further questions below.

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Dr Cris

Holistic Medical Doctor, Author ‘Healthy Habits, 52 Ways to Better Health

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