As this year comes to a close, you’re probably resolving to make fitness more of a priority. But if you’re sick of the same old routine, why not do a little year in review for inspiration? We looked at the workouts YOU clicked on the most this year, and here’s what we found. Our most popular workouts this year not only focused on helping you lose weight, but on pushing your limits and energizing your body. You may have certain aches or pains that need managing, like back or knee pain, but you don’t want that to stop you from exercising. And, like most of us, you’re short on time! It’s always been our mission to show you that you don’t have to spend hours in the gym to get a great workout. By using interval training, upping your intensity, and trying new things, you can get an amazing workout in less time.
So without further ado, here are the workouts you found most valuable in 2016. Here’s to another great year of pushing your limits, getting your heart pumping, and feeling energized and amazing after another great workout.
HIIT training often uses lower-body plyometrics to help get your heart rate up quicker, but this can be hard on those with bad knees. When you want a high intensity but low impact workout, this is the one for you! You’ll need a set of dumbbells for a few moves, but most can be done with just your bodyweight. You’ll be surprised at what an effective workout you can get when you really work as hard as you can, going full-out for each move.
The elliptical is a super popular machine, but many people do it at a ho-hum pace, which won’t help them see results. If you want to use the elliptical to help you lose weight, you need to ramp up the intensity a little bit. You can print off each of these three elliptical workouts and bring them with you to the gym—they incorporate intervals and inclines to make you work harder and burn more calories.
Again, time is of the essence for our readers and we totally get that. If you only do five minutes of leg work and nothing else—you won’t see results. But if you add this 5-minute leg routine on to your existing workouts, get in some cardio, and eat right—leaner legs will be yours.
There’s good reason this workout was so popular; right off the bat, it lets you off the hook from two common exercises that some people dread. While squats and lunges ARE super effective, if you have knee pain, they can be hard. Still, not liking squats and lunges is no excuse not to work those glutes! Give this workout a try to tone your lower half with some different moves.
Time and time again, this workout has been one of our most popular. Maybe that’s because if you’re short on time, 6 minutes is definitely doable to work your abs! These yoga-inspired moves will have you engaging your core the entire time, so get ready for a quick belly burner.
Exercising during your pregnancy can help keep you healthy and fit. This 20-minute workout keeps your heart rate at a moderate level, giving you some great aerobic exercise without overexerting yourself. No equipment is needed —this workout just requires you!
This yoga flow continues to be one of our most popular workouts year after year. Maybe that’s because back pain is so prevalent—in fact, it’s the third most common reason for surgery. But surgery can sometimes be avoided when you incorporate these yoga poses that keep your back healthy and help reduce back pain.