DeHall adds that your muscles sometimes adapt to the same exercises, making it less effective over time.
“We’re using kettle bells, dumbbells, bands, aerial straps,” she says. “Every workout is different. So it really boils down to one thing — confusion. You want to confuse your body every time you work out so it doesn’t know what to expect.”
DeHall says there are four important keys to success with fitness: exercising at least three days a week for 45 minutes at a time, drinking 60 to 70 ounces of water per day, getting 8 hours of sleep every night and eliminating processed foods from your diet. “If you can do all four of those things, you’re going to be in pretty good shape,” she says.
Stewart also advocates teamwork, because exercising regularly happens more often when someone else holds you accountable. Know a friend who also wants to get in shape? Make a plan with them to go to the gym for a certain number of minutes each week, and stick to it.
Don’t have a buddy to go to the gym? Consider hiring a personal trainer, or investing in some equipment to create your own home gym.
Bottom line? Make improving your fitness a priority in 2015; your health depends on it.