By Matt Evans
Whether you're searching for the best exercises for weight loss or you're simply bored after months of lockdowns, we've got you covered. There are thousands of workout videos on YouTube, and just like scrolling through Netflix, it can be very difficult to pick just one.
Well, don't get abundance paralysis: here are three of the best. And if you have very little time on your lunch break, or in the mornings, never fear: all three of these workouts can be completed in 20 minutes or less.
Workout: The Body Coach's 20 minute full-body workout
Joe Wicks' full-body HIIT workout is perfect for people who are HIIT beginners. This workout uses a "30 on, 30 off" principle, with 30 seconds of maximum exertion followed by 30 seconds of rest. This allows you to do a different exercise every minute, with a half-time break after 10 exercises have been completed.
Joe Wicks' channel exploded with popularity last year after he began breaking up people's quarantine by offering free PE lessons for kids, often in fancy dress as Spider-Man, a viking, a dinosaur and loads more. There's no fancy dress or gimmicks here: just a simple, dynamic HIIT session complete with a warm-up, which so many people neglect.
Warm-ups, gentle exercises and stretches designed to lengthen your muscles and open up your joints, are essential at the start of every workout for avoiding injury. See our guide on how to warm up for more information.
Workout: 15-minute strength workouts from PopSugar Fitness
PopSugar Fitness is one of the most popular fitness channels on YouTube, with views in the hundreds of millions. With lively presenters, bopping music and no equipment needed, the brand has gone from strength to strength, with dedicated fans swearing by the high-energy workouts.
This 15-minute workout focuses on developing strength in the legs, glutes, core and back, while using your arms as part of aerobic movements to burn fat while building muscle. It's a great way to develop strength which will stabilise you in everyday life, as well as making you faster, stronger and fitter.
All you'll need for this workout is one of the best yoga mats and a chair, which is used in this workout to provide limits on your squats and lunges. Stopping you going all the way down in a squat forces you to focus on form in the upper part of the movement, developing the muscles in your glutes and thighs.
Workout: Full body stretch with Mady Morrison
After a few very intense, high-energy workouts, it's time to slow down. Stretching is very important, and often something that falls by the wayside in our fitness journeys. But flexibility is what's going to prevent our joints stiffening up as we age and guard us against muscular injuries, so we'll remain healthy and active for a long time to come.
With over 11 million views, this stretching routine is one of the most popular on YouTube. Mady's 15 minute static stretch works our hips, legs, wrists, arms, neck and torso to ensure we're staying supple. For more guidance, you can check out our beginner's guide to stretching exercises for more information.
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