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The 9 best workouts of the year

Starting a fitness routine can be hard. But once you’ve settled in, it feels easy, like second nature even – until that routine turns into a rut. If you’re bored with your regular workouts or just need to mix it up, take a look back at some of the best workouts from the Polar blog. Happy sweating!

1. The Early Bird Workout

It can be tempting to hit snooze the minute your morning alarm sounds – but if you can summon the strength to resist (which you definitely can!), you’ll reap the rewards from your morning workout all day long. Try this bodyweight routine to get your day started with a serious sweat.

2. The Impromptu Workout

While it would be nice to always be able to set aside an hour a day for a workout (and some much-needed “me time”), the reality is that, well, that’s not always the reality. But if you can carve 10, 20, or 30 minutes out of your day, you can still get a quality workout in (even if you can’t actually leave the office). Get started with these do-anywhere workouts from Polar ambassador Lucy Young.

3. The Walking Workout

Running gets a lot of glory, but when it comes to building leg strength, improving cardiovascular fitness, and getting your heart rate up, walking checks all the boxes. Read these tips from Polar ambassador Brooke Turner, founder of Balance Fitness and Nutrition, then grab your friends and get moving – at whatever pace you want.

4. The HIIT Workout

Tabata training forces you to train at your maximum effort in short bursts of time. “Training like this shocks your metabolism into high gear, torches calories, burns body fat, and sculpts lean muscle mass,” says ISSA-certified personal trainer Daphnie Yang, who says these three HIIT-style workouts are perfect for athletes of all levels.

5. The Take-It-Outside Workout

If you have 30 minutes – and decent weather – you should absolutely seize the moments, get outside, and break a sweat, says Polar Master Trainer Maria Selin. Not sure what to do once you’re there? Here are three 30-minute options.

6. The Strength-Meets-Cardio Workout

Most people tend to think of strength and cardio as workouts you do separately. But combining the two will not only save time, it can also make you a stronger overall athlete. Here are five exercises personal trainer and MMA specialist Moses Bentley says will get your heart pumping and help build strength.

7. The All-Arms Workout

Want toned, defined, super strong arms? Bentley has you covered there, too. These five exercises will get your biceps, triceps, and shoulder muscles burning.

8. The Hotel Room Workout

Traveling for work and can’t get out for a sweat session? Skip the hotel gym and opt for this in-room, no-equipment-required workout instead.

9. The Foam Rolling Workout

OK, so this is technically a recovery workout, but that’s important, too! Grab your foam roller and show some body your love with these six moves.


Please note that the information provided in the Polar Blog articles cannot replace individual advice from health professionals or physicians. Please consult your physician before starting a new fitness program.

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Please note that the information provided in the Polar Blog articles cannot replace individual advice from health professionals. Please consult your physician before starting a new fitness program.

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