Tips to turn fitness into a healthy habit for life:
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).
Motivation comes in many forms, which may or may not include peer pressure or a sense of community because we’re in it together. This is how time-limited challenges can help spark a fitness journey. Whether it’s 14 days of plank exercises or four weeks of core strengthening; a 30-day plan to toned arms or a full-body, 28-day squat, plank and lunge plan or maybe it’s the ultimate 31-day squat, lunge and pushup plan — whatever you choose, commit and get it done.
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.
It’s common to think you need at least an hour in the gym, but really whatever time you have to move is time you should use to move. Whether you like HIIT, strength training, moderate cardio or a mix of cardio and strength — these are all effective, trainer-approved ways to use 30 minutes. And, hey, if you prefer to rock climb, bike or row, those are good ways to spend your time, too.
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.