Running, CrossFit, weight lifting, HIIT training…and the list goes on with the variety of exercise routines. You might have asked yourself which type of exercise is the most effective? In short, the honest truth is anything YOU will commit to doing. For most, exercise isn’t enjoyable and natural motivation is slim to none. Exercise is no different than meetings you have during the work day—it must be scheduled because workouts won’t “just happen.” We all have busy lives; however, it is important to make time for you. There is no need to spend hours in the gym to stay fit, so it’s important to make the most of your time when you work out.

So what type of exercise should you do?

An effective exercise regimen includes a combination of cardiovascular activity, strength training, and flexibility training. Cardiovascular exercise strengthens the heart as well as burns calories. It is recommended to get 150 minutes of aerobic activity per week. Some examples include running, walking, swimming, and cycling. Strength training is important to build muscle tissue, which also burns calories while at rest. Focus on training each major muscle group including biceps, triceps, shoulders, back, abdominals, quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. The recommendation for strength training is 2-3 days a week. Be sure to allow a day of rest in between exercising the same muscle group. Lastly, flexibility naturally decreases as we age, so it is extremely important to incorporate into your routine to prevent poor posture and pains. Engage in a stretching routine at least 2-3 times per week while the muscles are warm after exercise. You could also participate in a yoga class 1-2 times a week to practice balance and flexibility. Regardless of what your routine looks like, be sure to change it up as well! Our bodies become accustom to our exercise regimen, which may cause your results to plateau.