Which Is Best: Machines, Cardio, Free-Weights, Yoga…?


You could get a rope and tie a rock onto the end of it and swing it around your head a hundred times.  That could be an exercise and not a bad one IF you don’t have a shoulder or back injury.

The truth about what equipment to use to help you get into shape has changed over the years.  Remember when They used to advertise the rollers that fat women would sit on and it would help them reduce cellulite and leg/butt fat.  It works.  It really works, but not very well for the amount of time you spend on it.

So, what are the factors to consider when trying to decide what to do for exercise:

  • What are you trying to do?  Build strength?  Rehab from an injury?  Reduce body fat?  Prevent the “Hi Helens” on the back side of the arm when you wave at Helen?  Be able to breathe better?  Play more with your children or grandchildren?  Run a marathon?  Walk with your friends?
  • Will it minimize the chances of injury?  If it doesn’t don’t swing the rock on a rope around your head.
  • Is it efficient?  Will you need to do 10,000 repetitions in order to get any benefit?
  • How much does it cost to do?
  • How often do you have to do it to get any benefit?

You see, it’s not rocket science or brain surgery.  It’s exercise.  Anybody can move.  Yes, anybody.  It’s just what’s best for you, your goals and your life circumstances.

Tell me your circumstances and I’ll tell you what I recommend would work best for you.

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