When working out, we all want to be sure that we’re doing it right and doing enough. It can, however, be frustrating to do super complex and hard workouts, especially when you’re just starting out. Does the phrase “less is more” apply to workouts too?

This is a question that recently popped up and Erin is here to answer it.

Q: Do I really need to spend 2 hours in the gym? Are there any benefits to simplifying my workouts, and if so, how can I?

A:  Keeping your routine simple, especially at the beginning, is a good way to make sure you stick with it. Anything overly complicated, difficult, or ambitious is a quick recipe for overwhelm and ultimately giving up. From a practical standpoint, your body doesn’t need 2 hours of exercise in order to see positive change. As little as 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise is enough to improve your health AND your physique. Actually, you can overtrain your body, which increases recovery time and your chance for injury. So if anything, you’re better off erring on the side of caution and doing something simple and sustainable rather than trying to do too much.

Well, there you have it. Your workout doesn’t need to be super tough and complicated in order for it to be effective. Plain and simple does the trick. If you’re interested in some simple, yet effective workouts to get you started, Erin’s got your back. Try these:

For a more structured plan, consider: