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What Is The Best Exercise?

I have been asked many times, as we all should, “What is the best exercise to get in shape? “My answer is simple. It depends. You know, like it or not, if you believe in ‘The Art of Change,’ which I do, then each of us must do whatever it takes to make ourselves healthier and more attractive to the opposite sex.

My exercise routine is built on the principle that I must eat in order to exercise. This is simple and effective. Because when you cut out a food group for a prolonged period of time, or are unable to obtain any food at all, you will need a way to maintain energy level and strength. So I do the same thing to myself: I consume three or four portions of fruit per meal, and at least one of the portions is either raw or non-dairy milks. (I find it difficult to stick to the raw milks, not having seen the results of the many studies suggesting raw foods have benefits without all of the chemicals and preservatives that come with pasteurized animal products, but there you go.

I also do my “calorie counting” at my workplace — my gym. That’s where I go to do all the workouts, from cardio and bodyweight exercises to speed lifts and squats, and I keep track of the numbers on a spreadsheet. This is especially important for me because it’s so common for people under 20 to have their exercise regime done, for the most part, by their parents or a family member. When I was a teenager and working with a couple who had kids, we were constantly told to put on a sports uniform, eat junk food, and run and jogging and whatever else we could to keep the kids in shape, and they were generally very good at it.

However, as I got older, it wasn’t until I went to a University that I realized how much I myself needed a break. Sure, I could always get on a treadmill and walk until I stopped sweating or I was so tired I could barely get up or stand up or walk, but then I’d have to take a shower. I could jog for 45 minutes — yes, I work full time — but how was I going to get that much exercise in just 45 minutes out of everything else I was doing? I finally quit my job and went back home to do it myself. I started exercising alone, out on the treadmill one night and I realized I could burn about 150 calories a minute by jogging just three miles. It was a small start out, a good start, so I kept doing it with each successive training session, and soon I was able to work out as long as I needed until I started having stomach pains during any sort of workouts. I tried several medications and found nothing helpful, and, as I would later find out, it would have been a lot to bear with if it weren’t for the fact that most of the medications were more to control my weight. I got my diet (except for my coffee) into a good groove, and now I can workout as long as I want, whenever I want, without having to worry about food or the calorie counting. This is why I never look back and think, “Oh, I wish I had more time and better dieting.”

Most of us know by now that we all need to do something every day that has a positive effect on our lives, including our lives around us. You wouldn’t start life at the top of the tree and work so vigorously at the bottom that you lose sight of the whole thing. However, we all know that when you do that, things can go in quite a different direction.

I know my exercise routine. I’m not just saying it, though — I’ve actually been doing it for a long time. As we all have our own ways of doing it, we need to work out and try to see the best of them, but, ultimately, we’ll all become the best versions of our best selves.