The Best Type of Exercise

High-intensity, low-repetition (otherwise known as: resistance, strength or free-weight training) exercise has been proven to be one of the best forms of activity, because it develops muscle strength without damaging the joints.

On the other hand, high-repetition, low-resistance (jogging, racquet sports, etc.) activities are not as beneficial, because they provide less muscle strength and excessive wear of the joints. Yes, this form of exercise promotes cardiovascular health by strengthening the heart, but so does strength-training in a different way.

It decreases the ‘resting resistance’ of the heart which is the more important second number of one’s blood pressure reading. The diastolic pressure (systolic/diastolic, example: 120/70) is important because it is the amount of (hydraulic) blood pressure in arteries in between heart beats.

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