The definition of the best workout
Uber Images/Shutterstock “Ultimately the best workout for any age needs to be one that fits your time constraints and that you enjoy,” says Kyra Williams, NASM-certified personal trainer and coach for USA Weightlifting and USA Powerlifting. “If it doesn’t work for your schedule, it’s hard to get to, and if you tend to be all or nothing, you will end up with nothing.” The key, experts say, is to find something that you can stick to long term. Finding something that boosts your energy and your mood will fit that bill.
The 20s workout
bbernard/Shutterstock Be sure to incorporate cardio, weight training, balance work, and stretching, says Rachel Straub, MS, CSCS, co-author of Weight Training Without Injury. She suggests sneaking in cardio at least three to five days a week, whether you prefer running, swimming, cycling, or walking. “Finding a form of cardio exercise that you enjoy—and can do properly and consistently, preferably for life—is most important,” she says. She also recommends weight-training at least two days a week, challenging all major muscle groups: back, chest, arms, core, shoulders, and legs.