Are Some Exercises Better Than Others? Plus 10 Whole Body Exercises

Are Some Exercises Better Than Others - My Rebellious Colon
Today we’re talking about what exercises. Are some better than others? From my research and experience, the answer is definitely yes.
According to and many other sources, exercises that require short bursts of energy are the best. Coupled with a healthy diet this strategy can reverse heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. Pretty strong statement!
The reason I’m a believer myself is due to the way I exercise. I began using a set of 8-pound weights, literally all I could handle due to my weak anemic state at the time. I used those weights to do one set of 15 fly curls to build up my shoulders and chest, one set of 20 bicep curls for my biceps. Doing these two exercises along with 20 push-ups in the morning, every day, allowed me to build strength almost immediately. Within a week I had dramatic results. Of course results vary and honestly, it will depend on a person’s diet and commitment level. I was and still, am fully committed. However, these exercises were too focused and I needed whole body exercises to get stronger.

Why You Shouldn’t Exercise One Area of the Body

It doesn’t make much sense when people spend all of their time in the gym on single muscle isolation exercises like biceps curls, leg extensions, and triceps kickbacks when they could be getting stronger, faster and burn more calories in less time with full body exercises.
Isolation exercises are really only good if your aspirations are to body build. Since that’s not 99% of the population I’m going to take a wild stab and say you’re looking for toning, burning calories, increase strength, etc. If this is you then whole body exercises are where it’s at!
Whole body exercises do just that, work the body as a whole instead of focusing on a single area. They allow you to perform better in everyday activities or athletics and they’ll also work more muscles at one time which in turn burns more calories!


Top 10 Whole Body Exercises

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  1. Burpees – An awesome overall body strengthener and will condition you like no other exercise can.
  2. Squats – Not only will squats give you a strong, powerful lower body, they’ll also work your core, strengthen your back and work shoulders as well.
  3. Step Ups – Step ups are a fantastic exercise you can do with very little space that will strengthen your legs and core muscles, build endurance, and get your heart rate up all in one move.
  4. Pull Ups – Pull-ups are one of the best upper body exercises of all time, and not only work your arms, shoulders and back, but will also strengthen your core as well. If you can’t do one quite yet, don’t give up all hope—with practice, anyone can do a pull up (yes, that includes women!).
  5. Push Ups – Forget the fancy machines, do push ups instead. Push ups work your arms, back, chest, core, butt and even leg muscles. And the best thing about push ups? You can do them anywhere.
  6. Dips – Great for working your chest, triceps, shoulders and abs all at once. Start making dips your go-to exercise.
  7. Jump Lunges – Jump lunges will not only make your legs burn like crazy, they’ll get your heart rate up quickly as well and challenge your balancing skills—making them a fantastic full body conditioning exercise.
  8. Kettle-bell Swings – Not only are kettle-bell swings great for fat loss, they’ll build increased power, cause greater muscular endurance, increase your anaerobic and aerobic capacity, and more.
  9. Handstands – Handstands are one of the most underrated exercises for one main reason: most people think they just can’t do them. But even if you start out doing handstands against a wall, they’ll help you build a strong upper body and core, increase your balancing abilities, aid in bone health, and more.
  10. Box Jumps – Great for building lower body strength, conditioning, and preparing you for any sports where jumping is involved, box jumps also burn major calories and will get your heart rate up in a hurry.

Which exercise will you start with? Which ones are you doing? Let me know in a comment below or on Facebook.