Back when I was a fitness professional in the early 90s - I believed the type of exercise you did was most important.
But as I've become older, the CONSISTENCY of exercise is more important than the TYPE of exercise.
Pick something you enjoy doing and try to break a sweat every day. That's it.
And make sure it's easy to fit into your lifestyle.
For example, if the gym is a 25-minute drive from your house, then you have to get changed, workout, shower and drive back.. that's at least a 2-hour commitment.
Which is why I knew it was vital to figure out a routine I could do at home.
If you like walking - then walk. If you like playing tennis - then play tennis. If you like Paleton - then do Paleton. Do what feels good. Do what feels right.
I've created the most SIMPLE workout I do from my bedroom 5x a week. It's effective and hits both cardio and strength at the same time.
Here's how it works...
- Cardio for 2 minutes (I walk on the treadmill 4.2mph at the highest incline.. but you can bike, jog in place, jump rope, row, etc.)
- Pull-ups (I do a set of 8.. but you can start with just one or just hang for 20 seconds from the bar)
- Push-ups (I do a set of 15.. but you start at your own level)
- Core exercise (I do 20 various core exercise like the ab wheel or bicycle crunch)
That's it. Once this round is done, I get right back on the treadmill and repeat.
And I do this for 8 total rounds. It takes about 20-25 total minutes.
It's a great way to condition my cardiovascular health AND muscle strength without a lot of stress on my joints.
When I started, I would walk for 4 minutes and did four total rounds. It was the same amount of exercise time BUT half the amount of strength exercises.
Of course, you can play with some of the strength exercises.
Mix in some dumbbell presses, burpees, kettlebell swings. Have fun with it.
But here's the thing.. I know my workout will be done in around 20 minutes. And since I do it from home, it saves me a lot of time.
Try it - you might like it :)
Stay tuned.. as I'm going to record the workouts and email them to you soon!