Do you ever feel like you’re doing everything right with your fitness program, and for some reason you’re not seeing the results you want?

You’re eating all the right foods, you’re doing your cardio and your weight training, and you’re even getting enough sleep. But for some reason, you’re still not seeing the results you want.

I know how frustrating this can be, and the good news is that there is a solution. In today’s episode of The Fit Life, I’m sharing my top tips for getting the most out of your workouts.

1. Exercise does not have to be complicated to be effective.

One of the most common misconceptions is that you need to be a fitness expert or have a degree in exercise science to get in shape. The reality is that exercise is a lot simpler than many of us realize. There are many ways to get in shape without having to do anything overly complicated or fancy.

When you look at the most effective and efficient forms of exercise, they typically include bodyweight exercises, weightlifting, and high-intensity interval training (HIIT). All of these forms of exercise are relatively simple and can be done by people of all fitness levels.

2. You don’t have to be an expert to get started.

“People think they have to be an expert to get started,” says DeSimone. “But really, the only thing that makes you an expert is that you got started.”

The key is to take that first step. You might not know how to do a proper squat, or even what a squat is, but you can get started by doing a body-weight squat. You might not be able to run a mile, but you can start by running for a minute and walking for a minute and then building up from there.

3. You can work out anywhere.

You don’t need a gym membership to get in shape. You can work out anywhere. Fitness expert and personal trainer, Autumn Calabrese, says that some of the best workouts can be done right in your own living room.

In fact, she is the creator of the popular at-home fitness programs 21 Day Fix and 80 Day Obsession. Both programs offer daily workouts that can be done in 30 minutes or less.

And with the popularity of virtual workouts on the rise, you can find a variety of fitness classes and programs online, many of which are free.

4. You don’t need to spend hours in the gym.

I’ve had the best results of my life by spending 45 minutes to an hour in the gym five to six days a week. I never do more than 20 minutes of cardio per session, and I never do more than 20 minutes of any one exercise.

The key to building a balanced body is to focus on different muscle groups each day and to do a variety of exercises. I’ll admit that I was skeptical of this approach when I first started, but I’ve seen amazing results and have saved so much time by not spending hours in the gym.

5. You don’t need fancy equipment.

“Fancy equipment” is a relative term, but the reality is that you don’t need any equipment to get a great workout. Bodyweight exercises are incredibly effective, and you can do them anywhere. I’ve done bodyweight workouts in my living room, hotel room, and even on the beach.

If you do want to add some equipment to your home gym, there are plenty of options that are affordable, take up minimal space, and can be used for a variety of exercises. Think resistance bands, dumbbells, and kettlebells.

You don’t need a lot of space or a lot of money to get a great workout. You just need a little motivation, some guidance, and a commitment to your health.

6. You don’t have to be a certain age to start.

I’ve heard from so many people who are in their 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond who think it’s too late to get healthy and fit. I can tell you that is absolutely not true. I’ve seen some of the most amazing transformations from people who are in their 60s.

It’s not about being the most fit person in the room; it’s about being the most fit version of you. You can start at any age and make a huge difference in your health and fitness.

I’ve worked with many people over 40 who have never exercised a day in their life, and they have gone on to lose 50 pounds, reverse type 2 diabetes and get off blood pressure and cholesterol medications. It’s never too late to make a change.

7. You can make it fun.

If you’ve been working out regularly and you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong. The cool thing about fitness is that it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. There are so many ways to get your heart rate up, build strength and take care of your body.

If you’re not a fan of running, don’t run. If you don’t like lifting weights, don’t lift weights. You can find something you love to do, and it will make all the difference in your fitness journey.

8. You can do it!

This one is simple, but powerful: You can do it! You can make the changes you want to make, and you can become the person you want to become.

It’s easy to feel like you can’t change. Like you’re stuck in your current circumstance and that’s just how it is. But that’s not true. You have the power to change your life, and you have the power to change your body.

The very first step to making a change is believing that you can. Because if you don’t believe you can, then you never will. But if you believe in yourself, then you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.


Reading “The Fit Life” will help you achieve your fitness goals and live a healthier lifestyle. This book is available on Amazon in Kindle format and paperback.