Greg McKeown’s book, “Essentialism” provides an excellent framework for how we approach both our work and our personal lives. McKeown describes essentialism as, “A systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution toward the things that really matter… It’s about doing less, but better in every area of our lives.” I encourage you to read McKeown’s book and consider using the mindset of Essentialism as a filter for understanding exercise information and navigating your fitness decisions.
There are a myriad of forms of physical activity or exercise that we can engage in, each with it’s distinct benefits. Although McKeown doesn’t address exercise specifically, if he did, I’m convinced he would define resistance training (or more commonly, strength training) as essential exercise.
McKeown’s motif, (and a mantra for your approach to exercise):
Less, but better