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This Is the Best Kind of Exercise, According to Jillian Michaels

Exercise can be just as polarizing as diet, with one camp claiming steady-state cardio is best for weight loss, while others swear by intense intervals of, say, weight lifting. Thankfully our girl Jillian Michaels is here to clear things up for Crossfitters and power walkers alike.

“The best kind of workout is whatever you show up for, really!” Michaels said. “Whatever gets you out of bed in the morning is ultimately going to be the most effective for whatever your goals are.”

Michaels herself aims to work out four times each week, and loves fitness that allows for measurable progress. While she admits to being extremely inflexible, Michaels says she is really into yoga right now as it feels rewarding to master each new position and see her progress visually.

As long as she can fit in at least 20-30 minutes of hard work in those four days each week, whether it’s a quick HIIT session in the middle of the afternoon or an early morning date with the gym, she can feel good about her fitness. And we know she’s not sitting at home watching TV the rest of the day—Michaels stays active as a mom, entrepreneur, speaker and activist, so she’s getting all those steps (or more) in. And simply staying active throughout the day burns more calories than you’d think!

Our favorite trainer does have some advice, however. If you’re looking for fast results to lose weight or build muscle tone, Michaels advises regularly switching up your workout in terms of reps, weight, intensity and even the type of exercise you’re doing to reap the full benefits. For example, if you’re a runner, try cross-training twice a week with a spin class or at-home circuit workout, and you’re likely to see some major running gains even though you’re doing it less.

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Michaels is a big fan of high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, specifically for quick results. And she loves functional bodyweight moves like push-ups and squats that work several different muscle groups at a time. Plus, she says you should aim to get that heart rate up to 80-85% capacity and high-intensity intervals are sure to get you there!

If you’re struggling to find the right workout for you or are just looking to mix up your weekly regimen, check out Michaels’ health app—My Fitness by Jillian Michaels—for access to dozens of different workouts designed by Michaels herself. Whether you want to increase your flexibility and lower your stress with yoga or sweat it out with kickboxing, this app gives you the perfect workout at your fingertips. You’ll be reaching your goals in no time!

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This 30-Day Arms Challenge Will Transform Your Upper Body In Just 4 Weeks

Tank-top season is on the horizon, and it’s time to get your arms ready for the big reveal. This workout will help strengthen and tone you from your shoulders down to your wrists, while upping your muscular endurance. What’s more, we’ve also snuck in a little bit of core and cardio work, just for fun. Now, let’s get armed and dangerous!

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Hit All Your Major Muscles With This 6-Move Kettlebell Workout

The kettlebell is a major multitasker, helping you to work on your cardio and strength while torching up to 20 calories a minute. Plus, the tool’s unique shape, which allows for unbalanced weight distribution and a constantly shifting center of gravity, will help you “recruit more of the stabilization muscles that are responsible for supporting your core,” explains Judine Saint-Gerard, the creator of this workout and a certified personal trainer and a head coach at Tone House in New York City. In other words, Saint-Gerard’s mix of kettlebell-based moves is going to really make you work. Now start swinging.

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Why Your Butt Looks the Same No Matter How Many Squats You Do

You're going after a peach harder than Amy Schumer goes after body-shamers. You squat, and squat, and squat, and still… no glute gains. What gives?

For one, you can't really selectively train one body part. "Squats don't just work the glutes," says physical therapist Grayson Wickham, D.P.T., C.S.C.S., founder of Movement Vault, a mobility and movement company. "They also work your quads, hamstrings, core, hip flexors, and back."

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But in case you had any doubts about her insane lower-body strength, her trainer, Ben Bruno, just shared a video of Biel killing one of the most intense leg moves we've seen on the 'gram.

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Health Magazine Is Teaming Up With Bryant Park to Help You De-Stress With Yoga This Summer

Health is proud to announce our partnership with Bryant Park Yoga, an outdoor workout program that has been offering free weekly yoga classes on the park's lawn for the past 17 years. The program is open to all, and twice-weekly classes take place on the park lawn every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. and Thursday evening at 6 p.m. from May 30 until August 29.

Classes will be led by New York’s elite yoga teachers and will last one hour. We encourage those joining us to arrive early to secure a mat provided by Gaiam, but of course you can bring your own. Bryant Park is located at 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.

Check out the full summer schedule here

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