Name your least favorite body part and I’ll guarantee someone has asked me what the best workout is for fast results so they can fix it. It’s natural to want to focus on reducing the areas you most want to shrink, but unfortunately, mother nature didn’t make weight loss (or weight gain) that straight-forward. It turns out, your body wants to hold onto fat in certain places more than others and it will release from that area, only when it's forced to.
Not fair, but that’s science.
So, What’s the Best Workout to Achieve Results?
Very simply, it’s the one you can do over and over again and not hate your life.
Either way, about 90% of the time I’m working out at home, in a corner of my bedroom after rolling out of bed in the morning or squeezed in between calls and meetings. It’s incredibly effective for me (and I get results) not because there are special moves that I’m doing, but because working out in my bedroom is so convenient, I rarely skip it.
Honestly, it’s as simple as that.
All workouts are effective.... if you do them.
Sure, it’s important not to do too much cardio, but at the end of the day, whether you buy a library of home workouts ($160 annually), hire a coach to personally mentor you ($1000+) or just make them up yourself (free!), the truth is, anything you do consistently will drive results.
It’s that simple.
- Yes, your workout should get your heart rate up.
- Yes, your workout be longer than 15 minutes
- Yes, your workout should challenge you. Bonus points if you break a good sweat.
- Yes, your workout should get more challenging over time and yes, you shouldn’t do the same thing every day.
But, what’s most important is that you’re doing something almost every day. That’s it. You don’t need to pay an expensive trainer hundreds of dollars every month to build you a "custom program", because I can guarantee he or she is giving that same blueprint to most of their clients (yes, I am a certified personal trainer, and yes, we have template workouts).
You just need to find a workout that you enjoy doing and start from there.
If you want some inspiration for great at home workouts based on skill level, I’ve got got a list of my favorites right here. If these don’t interest you, there are only a billion more out there for you to explore.
My best advice is to focus less on the specific promises that a workout will deliver and focus more on how that workout makes you feel. Even the most impressive, exceptionally well-designed workout is useless if you never do it.
A great workout on paper is just paper.
A workout you’re doing on a daily basis because you like doing it… that’s a workout that works.
Rant over. Go get your sweat on.
Caren is a certified yoga teacher, fitness instructor and author of The Fit Habit. Here she shares simple, low carb recipes, quick home workout ideas and practical ways to foster mind + body wellness.