You get to the gym, hop on the elliptical while you watch an episode of Real Housewives then towel off and go home. Just like you're on cruise control.
Points for making it to the gym, but you're not getting the most out of your workout. Cardio can help you burn calories, but strength training will actually change your body composition. Building muscle helps you burn calories faster than cardio and can even increase your metabolism in the long run.
Full-Body Strengthening Workout You Can Do Anywhere
LIVESTRONG has partnered up with Katie Dunlop of Love Sweat Fitness to bring you the ultimate no-equipment workout that will tone your whole body. Incorporate these moves into your existing routine or do the workout before your cardio for maximum effect.
The best part of Katie's workout is that it can be done anywhere — your living room, a quiet corner of the gym or a hotel room if you're on the go. Or, make like Katie, and take your workout outside (weather permitting, of course).
Find a Way to Get Moving
No matter your fitness level, there’s an exercise that works for you. It doesn’t need to be complicated. It can be as simple as running, cycling or good old-fashioned walking, which has many proven health benefits — and it doesn’t require any special equipment. Or ask any contestant who has appeared on "Dancing With the Stars" and they’ll tell you that dancing is a killer way to get in shape.
Go with what interests you and what feels right. Maybe intense workouts like LIVESTRONG’s STRONGER workout videos, CrossFit or HIIT (high-intensity interval training) are your thing? Or maybe you prefer low-impact exercises, such as yoga or swimming. Whatever your taste, choose something and get moving!
Commit to something you enjoy and that you’ll actually stick with. Consistency is key. Choose a fitness activity that you can incorporate into your life. Make it something that you’ll look forward to doing and that may even be — GASP! — fun. The LIVESTRONG MyPlate Calorie Tracker — available for your desktop and on iOS and Android devices.