Which is the best form of Exercise?


We have been also trying to figure out this jigsaw puzzle for quite some time. We had a Yoga instructor who categorically stated that strength training is the worst form of exercise. Now we have our Gym trainer who states that Yoga is for Kindergarten children.

Just two weeks ago, we had a guest speaker at the Rotary Conference, Ms.Madhavi Latha. Eight years ago doctors had explicitly stated that she would not endure her ordeal of polio for more than a year. That is when she took up to swimming. This gave a soothing effect to her joints and has resulted in her becoming the National Paralympics Swimming Champion. So Madhavi would certainly vouch that swimming is the best form of exercise. It is a blessing for people with joint pains.

How many calories does Micheal Phelps consume every day? Answer is 12,000….yes more than four times the amount of food an average person consumes. Then what keeps him lean and fit? It is the amount of time he spends in the chill pool waters which works out to about 5 hours every day and helps him to burn his brown adipose fat. So those who are weight watchers or want to shed out extra pounds could try out swimming.

Pranayam, Tai Chi and any form of deep breathing will propel your Mitochondria to peak performance and drastically improve your cellular function. As we all know, cells make up tissues, tissues make up organs and organs make up you.

Yoga, particularly ‘Surya Namaskar’ works on our flexibility and is an excellent practice to keep our Lymphatic system active. What is our Lymphatic system? To put it in one phrase ‘Our Drainage System’. No wonder you see Yoga practitioners flexible right unto their old ages, whereas commoners struggle with knee and joint pains.

Running, walking and cycling do miracles for the heart and increase maximum heart rate and decrease rest rate. The wider the gap, the better your heart is; the better your heart, the more the blood; the more the blood, the happier the cells. This does a lot to improve our endurance. A person’s maximum heart rate is 220 – your age. Your resting heart rate should be 60 to 90, anything more than 90 indicates heart problem. Olympic athletes have a resting heart rate of 50 or lesser. Lance Armstrong, the seven times winner of Tour de France had a resting heart rate of 32 beats / minute.

Tim Ferris says that all forms of exercise are la..la exercises and feel good exercises. They need the support of oxygen from the environment to function but Strength Training is the only form of progressive exercise that is done in the anaerobic (without oxygen) mode. All strength trainers have strong bones and joints, right till the very end of their times.

Steven Covey in his bestselling book ‘Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ says that all the three forms, strength, flexibility and endurance are equally important. Jim Dornan, the founder of Network 21 when asked this question, answered ‘yes’. Yes,cellular food is very important, which comes from endurance exercises. Yes cellular detoxifying is very important, which comes from flexibility exercises. Yes cellular energy is very important, which comes from deep breathing exercises. And yes, cell power is very important, which comes from strength building exercises.’

So finally all of you are right, the answer is yes, yes, yes, yes.

“Good things come to those who SWEAT”



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