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Posted by: Lisa | 2010/04/04

the best way to fitness?

Hi Doc
What is the best way to get fit? Is it simply cardio, i.e. jogging or is it necessary to have some kind of resistance training? I can currently jog about 3km at a time and would like to get that number up.
What is your opinion about these Boot Camps that are springing up all over? Are they any good?

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Hi Lisa

Depends what you want to get fit for. Fitness is very contextual - a squash player has different levels of fitness compared to a marathon runner, but both are fit. So the specific nature of fitness is crucial, and that's why the best way to fitness is to practice specifically at what you wish to achieve in.

For general fitness, though, running is good. It's cardiovascular, gets the heart and lungs firing, and that's kind of what most people seek when it comes to fitness. The boot camps are similar - the big benefit there is the group effect of doing it with other people. variety and motivation are crucial too, and if you can afford the membership and time (they're often early mornings), then they're pretty good to get you started.

Good luck

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Posted by: fitnessdoc | 2010/04/07

Hi Lisa

Depends what you want to get fit for. Fitness is very contextual - a squash player has different levels of fitness compared to a marathon runner, but both are fit. So the specific nature of fitness is crucial, and that's why the best way to fitness is to practice specifically at what you wish to achieve in.

For general fitness, though, running is good. It's cardiovascular, gets the heart and lungs firing, and that's kind of what most people seek when it comes to fitness. The boot camps are similar - the big benefit there is the group effect of doing it with other people. variety and motivation are crucial too, and if you can afford the membership and time (they're often early mornings), then they're pretty good to get you started.

Good luck

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