Our Favorite Workouts of 2024 So Far

The sun is shining, the days are long, and it feels like everyone is outside exercising. Building a fitness habit takes dedication and creativity, and summer is the perfect time to get started.

Disciplined exercise does not mean that you have to be an avid gym goer or marathon runner. To develop a routine that sticks, you need to find a way to exercise that makes you happy.

Of course, the first step happens before you put on your shoes. We all have our favorite excuses for not exercising enough, and some of them can be paralyzing. The path to getting there starts with setting comfortable expectations and creating some responsibility. You may have to hack your brain occasionally to get started, but the most important thing is to be persistent and forgiving when you relapse.

Here are a few of our favorite workouts so far this year—whether your goal is to lift 230 pounds, improve your pickleball game, or simply introduce a high-intensity routine when you barely have time to exercise .

We’ve written a lot about the importance of building and maintaining strength, especially as you get older. But you don’t just need strength, you also need power, or the ability to use force quickly. Strength helps you dig a shovel of snow, strength helps you dump it. Force lowers you into a chair, but force gets you out.

Building power doesn’t have to be difficult, but it does require collective effort. Try our 30-second power test first to see how well you perform. Then take a look at our short workout to get started on your way to real strength.

Even for those who strength train twice a week, it’s easy to fall into a routine and plateau. And while any form of strength training is good, it’s important to know how to build on it.

If you want to break through to the next level, the key is what experts call “progressive overload.” It’s a simple concept – just consistently increase the weight or intensity of your training each week – but it can be difficult to actually succeed. Here’s a three-month program to help you know how far you can push yourself without overdoing it.

Over the past decade, a quiet revolution has taken place in the fitness world. Maybe your trainer suggested an exercise that involves crawling around like a bear, or your favorite HIIT workout now includes a crab walk.

These animal-inspired exercises go by many names, but they can be an excellent way to build functional strength that can help you during everyday activities. They may look a little strange at first, but they generally require no equipment and can be done just about anywhere. This workout can get you started.

Anyone who’s tried pickleball can tell you it’s fun, almost addictive. And it’s pretty good for your fitness, with all those short sprints and lateral movements. But like any form of exercise, it doesn’t cover everything.

In this article, we’ll give you a series of exercises that will improve your pickleball game and also fill in the gaps your favorite paddle sport leaves in your training regimen, such as strength training and cardio workouts for endurance.

A lazy summer bike ride to your favorite picnic spot is one of the great pleasures of summer. But if you’re honest: it’s not a hard effort, right?

If you love riding but have never tried serious cycling training, consider taking it up a notch. Any bicycle is suitable; with the right strategy, even that dusty old cruiser in your garage can become an effective fitness tool.

Sex isn’t something you can (or should) do in the gym, but it’s still exercise. It requires endurance, strength, and the ability to perform short bursts of intensity.

And here’s how to train yourself to be better at it. Yes, increasing your cardio is important, but how strong are your pelvic floor muscles? What about your hips and core? If you want to prime yourself for more satisfying sexual experiences, try adding a few of these exercises to your regimen.

Pilates is generally associated with luxury studios and spring-loaded machines, but you can get in a quick session without leaving the house or buying any special equipment.

Here’s a 10-minute routine you can do in place of a studio workout if you’re short on time.

Looking for something a little tougher? High-intensity interval training is perhaps the most efficient, gruelling workout out there. But not everyone is up for the jumping and other high-impact moves that make up most HIIT routines.

High intensity, low impact interval training, or HILIT, can be an effective alternative. Our 20-minute workout is just as intense as HIIT, but focuses on movements that are gentler on your bones and joints.

One of the most effective workouts is also the simplest: just run as fast as you can. For some of us, jogging just isn’t enough. We want to feel the wind in our hair as we sprint, flat out.

If you want speed in your workout, you can do it safely if you train your body properly. Like any high-intensity workout, sprinting requires planning and careful attention to your body’s signals. And stay off the local track — at least at first.

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