The single best exercise

I read this article the other day at NYTimes.com about “The Single Best Exercise”.

Well, really, that’s just an eye-catching headline, because there is no one “single best exercise”. Or, rather, for my money, the single best exercise is the one you do! Just do something, ya know?

The article did get me to thinking, though. What if I could only do one thing, one exercise — well, let’s make it a group of exercises — the rest of my life. What would it be?

I know it would come down to either weight training or yoga. But how to decide?

Weight training definitely burns a lot of calories. It also makes me stronger, so it improves my aerobic fitness, too.

Yoga probably doesn’t burn as many calories, but it’s easy to make it a total body workout.

I’m going with yoga.

As I perused the yoga titles at Netflix and Amazon, I was amazed by how many people use yoga as a relaxer. There are yoga workouts on DVD, designed to make you sweat, and these people were complaining that it’s not what they wanted. Yoga is supposed to be relaxing, they said.

Okay, I guess so. It’s really all what you’re used to.

I was introduced to yoga by Tony Horton’s P90X, so to me it’s a workout. And I love it as such!

In fact, that’s why I was looking through Amazon and Netflix for yoga videos. I want more!

How about you? Which exercise would you do, if you could only do one? Running? Martial Arts? For me, it’s yoga.

HAH! I was looking for a video to put with this post and found this one from Tony Horton. I had not seen it before, but he came to exactly the same conclusion as I did about yoga.

Always time for abs or some yoga

In keeping with the theme of my last post, I am faced today with a time crunch. Too much to do, too little time to do it.

Now, I do always take time out from work to get up from my computer and walk around for a bit, usually reading a book with the Kindle app on my phone as I walk around the place. I also, whenever I make or receive a phone call, walk around as I’m talking. This keeps the blood circulating.

Of course, I like to get a workout in, as well.

Sometimes that just doesn’t happen. Maybe there are too many fires to put out. Maybe there is a firm deadline that I have to meet. Maybe I just don’t feel very strong that day.

I ran into this problem last Friday. It was a combination of things, but I just didn’t have the time I needed to do the workout I wanted, so, you know what? I did Tony Horton’s One-On-One “Patience – Hummingbird Yoga”. It’s only a half-hour or so, and, wow is it a great workout. Not a lot of movement, but definitely some strength-building and sweat creation.

Have less time than that? How about an abs workout. Make it intense, like Ab Ripper X from Tony Horton’s P90X, but still only take 15 to 20 minutes. If you work it hard enough, you feel as if you did a full workout, and your core can always use it.

Really short on time? Do something. There’s always time to do something, and doing something is always better than doing nothing. Your mind and body will love you for it.