The truth is, there is no single exercise that is the best for every person in the world. During the last ten years, I have tried several different programs based on my interests and goals. However, to this day, I still cannot say that one is better than the other.
In 2010, when I began this fitness journey, I was first attracted to a couple of the online fitness trainers that were quickly becoming popular in the US and Canada. One focused on bodybuilding in the gym; the other was military-style overall body conditioning.
The latter quickly became my staple and is still today. The combination of kettlebells, clubbells, ropes, and even just body weight were all effective 15-20 minute workouts.
Training in this way became even more critical as I passed the age of 40. I noticed that it was taking me longer to recover from my workouts, and I was getting injured more easily.
Over the last 2-3 years, I began spending more time online studying. So it became even more crucial for me to be able to get my workout done quickly and get back to work.
Now at times, I would feel that I just had too much work to do, and would skip my workouts. I went from 5-6 workouts a week, down to none for a while. But, I now try to aim for 2-3.
The truth is that no one exercise is best for everyone. What is best is that you find something that works for you, and you make it a habit. Unless you are involved in and enjoy a particular competitive sport, there is no need to compete with anyone other than yourself.
When you first start looking for that program, beware of the shiny new object syndrome. Take at least 2-3 months to commit to one program and see its results, because that is on average how long it takes your body to adapt and grow.
One of my favorite fitness writers that I will talk about more in another post about fasting has been doing pretty much the same thing for over 15 years now. His abs are so well chiseled (most of the time), that people steal his pics to promote their products!
So I hope you have found some inspiration here and will begin your journey - if you haven't already.
Until next time, stay healthy and own your body!