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What's The Most Effective Form of Exercise?

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Published January 25th 2014
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Pilates Machine

There are all types of ways to get exercise, from going to the gym, having a run, and playing sports. But which do you think is the most effective?

I suppose the answer largely depends on what your goals are. What do you want to achieve from your exercise routine? Different exercises bring different results; some are for toning and building muscles, others are to lose weight, increase flexibility, or just have fun.

The most effective exercise for weight loss tends to be aerobics and other cardiovascular exercises. Recent studies have discovered an exercise routine called HIT - High Intensity Training. The theory is that you can get fit from just three minutes exercise a week.

Three days a week you go hell for leather for one minute on an exercise bike or something similar. The short bursts of intense exercise it meant to increase your insulin sensitivity and boost your metabolism to burn fat/calories more effectively.

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Hula Hooping

I do about half an hour hula hooping a day, which works on the waist. I also discovered an app that gives you a seven minute 'fast strength' workout, in which you do various strength and cardio exercises in thirty-second intervals: jumping jacks, chair pose, push ups, abdominal crunches, step-ups, the plank, and high knees.

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The plank is a pilates position that works on the core by balancing and supporting your weight with your forearms. In general, pilates and yoga are meant to help with flexibility rather than weight loss. It can keep you supple or improve aching muscles and joints.

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Using weights in aerobic exercises increases its effectiveness

Weight lifting is to help build muscles and increase your strength, while sports can give you are good workout while having fun at the same time.

What exercises do you find most effective for achieving the goals you want?
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