16 Things to Do Better in 2016

Even the fittest, healthiest bodies have room for improvement.


16 Things to Do Better in 2016

You’re probably already doing all of the right things in order to build better health, stronger muscles, and a happier life. You could just do them a little better. We all could. So, take these 16 improvements with you to the gym, the kitchen, the bedroom, and everywhere in between this year to fast-track your fitness results.

1. Strength Train Better

Technology has brought new ways of training, but newer isn’t always better. “It is quite apparent now that body weight exercises provide a full, thorough, total-body workout,” says Scott Weiss, C.S.C.S, a New York-based exercise physiologist and trainer. You’ll get muscular strength, endurance, cardiovascular fitness, and flexibility. “By mastering the body you will acquire the skills necessary to be successful at any physical endeavor.” Basic equipment like dumbbells, resistance bands, medicine balls, and barbells are also great tools to help you step up your fitness game.

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2. Run Better

In a fast-paced world, it’s time to speed our workouts up, too. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) has showed us that we can do way more in less time assuming we work hard—really hard. Plus, some research suggests that a mix of agility and military-style training can improve your VO2 max, your agility, and even your memory.

3. Do Group Fitness Better

A run or ride with the guys is great—but if there are too many people involved in your workout, you could wind up comparing yourself too much to others, says Weiss. “It’s important to make sure you don’t join an exercise group for the wrong reasons and get discouraged looking at everybody else.” After all, the race is only against yourself—only your body benefits from a good workout. If you’re going to work out with a partner, keep it to one or two people, suggests Weiss. And if you’re in a studio class like hot yoga, use mirrors to correct your own form only.

4. Build a Better Belly

All fat isn’t created equal. Belly fat or visceral fat—unlike subcutaneous fat (the kind you can pinch)—can wrap around important organs like your heart and lungs, putting you at risk for conditions like heart disease and diabetes. The worst part: Men are more likely than women to suffer from a beer belly (maybe it’s all the beer?). But fighting back and slimming down isn’t all about cutting calories.

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