One of the biggest issues that adults face while exercising is indecision and a lack of multilateral development. For instance, one of the most frequently asked questions is which type of exercise is best? Playing hockey, swimming, running or something else. The answer is everything. There is literally no one form of exercise which can be compared to another keeping one aspect or dimension in mind. Every single exercise hones and shapes a certain physical skill set, since every form of exercise has its own pros and cons. However, you might want to consider which of the following elements of skill set you want to work on, before you select the exercise for it.
Coordination: This is the ability to put together various actions or movements of the body, so that all the muscles work in synchronization and as effectively as possible.
Speed: Your body’s speed is the maximum ability to cover the shortest possible distance between two points in the shortest amount of time possible.
Flexibility: Your body is said to be flexible if your joints and associated muscles can move about their absolute range without difficulties.
Endurance: Your body’s endurance refers to the prolonged ability to withstand any kind of physical stress.
Strength: Strength is a measurement of how much the muscles in your body can exercise force.
These five skills are the most popular ones, and what you want, and how you want to exercise all depend on which skills you want to improve. That is the reason that any long term or short term athletes are made to do multilateral training during their first years, as it focuses on all five of the above-mentioned skills. Think of the basic skills as foundations. If a foundation is strong and equal on all sides, it can easily help support all the buildings on top of it. This is similar with exercising. Not only does a multilateral training help build a good foundation, but it also paves the way for better results for more specific kinds of training.
The main thing that you, as an individual, must take into consideration is what you want and if your body is able to handle it. For instance, if you have an injured knee joint, then it is best to not run, at least, not without consulting a doctor first.
On the other hand, there is no one perfect exercise that solves all your problems and ticks all your boxes. Every single exercise has its own results and effects. Of course, you may think that you need only one skill, for instance only lift weights, but that is not always correct, because you need to strengthen your core muscles before you can move on to specific exercises. CrossFit, on the other hand, is one of the options that gym goers can opt for since it happens to be more multilateral than bodybuilding or powerlifting. But if you must go for a particular type of training, then you can spend at least 10% of your time concentrating on maintaining and honing your other skills, like cardio training for endurance and stretching at the end of workout for flexibility etc. You can always spice it up with different kinds of other workouts. The rest can be dedicated to concentrating on one skill set.
At the end of the day, there is no such thing as the perfect exercise or activity, because each body is built differently and each exercise is designed differently. Exercising or body building or even training for a marathon need not be a boring thing with the same repetition cycle. There are millions of exercises to choose from. Now go and have fun!