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for me it's biking, walking, and Water aerobics - mostly because I enjoy them and will actually willingly DO them regularly.

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It depends on what your goals are. Fitness? Cardio? Building or toning muscle?

I didn’t exercise while losing & still don’t in any traditional form. About 14 months or so again I began doing some stretching exercises to support my back & my oozy discs & improve flexibility & bought some resistance bands to tone my arms a bit. I do 4 x 5minute sessions every day. They call this exercise snacking. I actually enjoy doing it as proven by my doing it for more than a year now. LOL! And no gym memberships! My arms look great - muscle definition without bulk. And I had to buy new trousers as my thigh muscles have got a little bigger - not what I was hoping but …

PS - Don’t rely on exercise just for your weight loss though. It only accounts for about 10% of any weight you lose.

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weight training probably. building muscle mass improves your metabolism so you burn more calories AT REST. however, one tends to get hungrier so....as long as you continue with a lower calorie intake, its a winning combination for weight loss. plus muscle looks great! lol

alternatively, any cardio exercise sustained for a minimum 30 mins that keeps your heart hate at 70-80% of your max rate is the what they say is the "fat-burning zone". what this exercise is will differ from person to person. for some its hard core rowing, for others it may be walking around the block....all depends an individual's heart rate.

good luck! ❤️

p.s. i mostly do cardio cuz i hate weight training. and i still made goal. honestly, weight loss is more about restricting intake than increasing output. all things equal, you will lose weight with just diet and no exercise, but you won't if you dont diet and just exercise.

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The best exercise is the one you will keep doing.

For me, I used VR games like Beat Saber when I was at the top of my weight range. Being so physically debilitated, moving was painful, but if my brain thought that not moving meant I would get smacked in the face with a flying block, I was able to do it. Plus, the music is a lot of fun.

When I was about 50 lbs down, I started CrossFit, which is a combo of high-intensity intervals of constantly varied movements and weight lifting. It was perfect for me. I get a lot out of the intensity, the group/community aspect and the constant variety. The post-exercise "high" that a lot of people talk about? Never experienced it in years of being an endurance athlete when I was younger, but every CrossFit workout makes me feel like I just did a bump of cocaine.

I would never be able to go to the gym alone and do the same workout circuit everyday at low intensity. My dad does it almost everyday; I don't understand how we're related.

I've also supplemented that with walking/hiking, which is nice for cardio capacity development and getting outside, and a lot of stretching and strengthening exercises to rehabilitate my body. (Turns out that being livestock-sized and totally sedentary for almost a decade leaves you with weird muscle imbalances that leave you susceptible to injuries! Who would have thought!)

Lately I've started to get back into endurance sports (cross country skiing and running). I love getting outside and find training for an event very motivating. (I find it very funny that most of the other athletes at my CrossFit gym absolutely drag their feet when running is part of a work out, but I'm so bloody thrilled to be able to do it at all, I'm stoked every time. Wish I felt that way about burpees!)

But that's all what worked for me with my brain. Experiment and see what works for you.

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I agree with @Nepenthe44-

the biggest thing is going to find something you like.

if you dread it chances are you won’t stick with it. Mix it up if you have to!

Personally for me I love running and I also enjoy weights.

when it is nice out I skip the gym for my mountain bike!

good luck!!

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