It is completely absurd to claim that there is such a thing as a superior fitness program; one that outshines all the others in its effectiveness. You see, different exercise sets, eating regimens, and habits have a different effect on your body. This means that its relation to your long-term goals is the only way to measure the effectiveness of a certain fitness program. While some are out there to help you lose (or gain) weight, others aim to make you more resilient or overall healthier. This being said, here are a few of the most popular fitness programs and ways in which they might affect your long-term fitness goals.

Cardio exercise

First things first, keep in mind that while cardio may be effective as a fitness program on its own, it is a regimen that is best combined with other forms of exercises, as well. For instance, people who do CrossFit, Pilates or even engage in classic bodybuilding might benefit from two or three cardio sessions per week. This includes things such as running, walking at a faster pace, cycling or swimming.


As for its benefits, cardio is great at improving your heart rate and your respiratory system. It is also the optimal tool for losing weight or even maintaining a healthy body weight ratio. On the other hand, running on an uneven terrain or in low-quality shoes might cause an injury. In order to avert that, you can turn to one of the other three forms of cardio that we mentioned above (cycling, walking or swimming).

Pilates

Same as cardiovascular exercise, Pilates has both its drawbacks and its advantages. While it is expensive to hire an expert trainer, when it comes to the issue of necessary starting gear, you won’t have to spend a fortune. Next, while Pilates raises your body awareness, increases your balance and makes you more flexible, it might not be the best option for those trying to lose weight fast. To make the long story short, for those hoping to stretch out a bit and strengthen their core muscles, Pilates is a perfect choice. Still, if you are trying to lose some weight, you might consider combining it with a bit of cardio. Finally, it is also worth mentioning that doing Pilates increases the rate at which endorphins are being released, thus boosting your mood.

 

CrossFit

The best thing about CrossFit is that it is affordable, can be done anywhere and it has a very supportive community that will help you out at any time. Aside from this, it combines various forms of exercises such as squats, push-ups, sit-ups, and deadlift, all of which are aimed at the most important muscles in your body. One more positive thing regarding CrossFit is the fact that it encourages people to break their routines and mix up things as much as possible, making these training sessions all but boring.

Unfortunately, seeing how most CrossFit regimens are extremely difficult, they are not exactly considered to be beginner-friendly. Additionally, those working out with inadequate gear might soon find out just how frequently injuries occur in this program. In order to avert this, make sure to invest in things like quality bodybuilding shoes, gloves and even get yourself a well-made weight lifting belt.

As you can see, while options are numerous, you first need to know what your long-term goals are before you can make up your mind about which of these programs to follow. The best thing about them, however, is that they are not mutually exclusive and there is nothing preventing you from combining two or more in order to make a holistic fitness regimen. Still, try to avoid getting yourself overtrained, seeing how this usually tends to create a significant setback in your training efforts.

 

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Diana Smith is a full-time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate traveler. In her free time, she enjoys finding great travel deals for her and her family and visiting exotic destinations.

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