Find the Best Time to Work Out1 of 10
Some people are morning people and can wake up early to get their workout done. Others have to get their sleep, so after-work exercise is their ideal situation. To help you determine what time is best for you, take a look at the benefits of morning and night to help you make a decision. And then stick to your choice.
Start With Quick Cardio2 of 10
Life gets busy this time of year and sometimes it can be hard to squeeze in a workout between work meetings, daily commutes and time at home with the family. Cardio blasts lend themselves well to a busy schedule—as they can be short and done almost anywhere—and their high intensity helps you get the most out of your workout.
Add Six-Pack Intervals3 of 10
Interval workouts are quick, effective circuits that strengthen your muscles, challenge your core, and burn fat. This 30-minute workout will challenge your muscles, especially your core, that will melt fat and give you a flat stomach.
Don't Forget Hips and Glutes4 of 10
By targeting the hips, glutes and core, your running strength, balance and turnover rate will improve, particularly on uneven surfaces such as trails. If you're a trail runner, you'll notice that your running gait will be more even, and you'll be able to handle undulating terrain, steep hills and trail obstacles with ease.
And Your Upper Body5 of 10
With respect to upper-body workouts, using a kettlebell allows you to challenge your muscles like never before. Kettebell exercises allow you to strength train while working your cardio because they increase your muscle activation and heart rate at the same time.
Include Workouts You Can Do at Home6 of 10
One of the greatest pieces of workout equipment can be found in your home: the step! A step workout is an amazing way to cross train. It allows you to work your entire body while providing killer cardio and strength-training.
Incorporate New Equipment7 of 10
The unstable characteristics of the BOSU ball make it a great training tool for targeting stabilizer muscles, especially those of the core. You can take a traditional, stable move, like the squat, and make it more challenging with the BOSU because you now have to balance on an uneven surface.
Target Trouble Spots With a Weekly Tabata Workout8 of 10
This tabata workout—packed with everything from mountain climbers and push-ups to speed skaters and box jumps—will help you sculpt and tone your trouble spots.
Choose a Pre-Made Workout Plan9 of 10
If you don't want to build your own, use one that's already made for you. Each routine in this one-week fitness plan is flexible to help you fit it into your busy schedule. These seven workouts are designed to boost your metabolism, trim your thighs, and flatten your belly.