MICRO WORKOUTS COUNT
Every little bit helps, which is why even a 10-minute workout helps. Bonus points if you can string together a few over the course of a day. Ones that don’t require equipment can still be effective, whether you choose a total-body workout or one that focuses on your core. Bands are one of the most useful and versatile pieces of equipment — and there’s a 10-minute workout for that. If the band is the most versatile, the kettlebell could likely be the trendiest (but with staying power).
KNOWING BASIC MOVES IS REALLY ALL YOU NEED
It’s best not to overcomplicate things, especially when it comes to working out. Knowing just a few essential moves — from pushups and planks to squats and lunges — can lead to countless workouts that can be done at the gym or at home. By focusing on fundamental movement patterns, you can get an effective workout using simple moves and avoid a few common strength-training pitfalls.
THE BEST WORKOUT IS THE ONE YOU ENJOY
Not everyone is a gym rat, and that’s OK. Finding the right workout for you is partially based on your personality; however, just because you’re an introvert doesn’t mean you wouldn’t love a good boxing class. Try different workouts — from kettlebell to stairclimber to rowing to spin class — and see what resonates most. If you enjoy it, the chances of including it in your routine grow.
FUELING WORKOUTS IS IMPORTANT
Building on point number 6, what you put into your body to fuel a workout matters. It’s better to go for a lifestyle change than for quick weight loss. Dietitians and fitness pros recommend quick energy, easy-to-digest snacks before a workout. Most trainers will say breakfast is their favorite meal and have strong opinions on what a trainer-approved breakfast would be. And the debate rages over whether intermittent fasting and cardio go hand in hand.
THE KEY IS TO KEEP COMING BACK
It’s sad but true that falling off the workout bandwagon has consequences. All the hard work diminishes pretty quickly — Think: roughly a month. Whether an injury, travel or a busy job requires you to take some time off, it’s best to commit to coming back as soon as you can — and when you do, it’s best to have a plan to get back into exercise.