Strength Basics

Getting stronger, fitter, and healthier by sticking to the basics. It's not rocket science, it's doing the simple stuff the right way. Strength-Basics updates every Monday, plus extra posts during the week.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Freakonomics: What's the Most Efficient Exercise

Check out this new, 15 minute podcast from Freakonomics on exercise.

What's the Most Efficient Form of Exercise?

This podcast has a lot going for it.

- it recommend squatting. Yes, the squat, because for longevity, a great indicator of your ability to fend for yourself is your ability to get up and sit down unassisted.

- what the most efficient form of exercise is, depends on what your goal is. You need to know what you want to accomplish before you can start to accomplish it.

- it gets a little into the new trendy thing, short but intense cardio. Which isn't bad, because on a pure time-to-results grade, it's excellent. It won't do everything and it's not the best for everything, but it's a good way to start. Look into HIIT.

- you have to like what you're doing, or you won't actually keep doing it.

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