We know daily exercise is good for optimizing health. But with so many options and limitless information out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with where to or start or what works. 

Stick to the basics of exercise and combine these few simple exercises into a routine for a workout that’s simple but powerful and sure to keep you in the best shape.

Pushups: Pushups are one of the most basic, yet effective, body weight moves you can perform because of the number of muscles that are recruited to perform them. If you can’t quite perform a standard pushup with good form, drop down to a modified stance on your knees- this will help you build your strength and you’ll still get many benefits. 

Lunges: Challenging your balance is an essential part of a well-rounded exercise routine. Lunges promote functional movement, while also increasing strength in your legs and glutes. Who could complain about that?  

Squats: Squats increase lower body and core strength, as well as flexibility in your lower back and hips. Because they engage some of the largest muscles in the body, they also pack a major punch in terms of calories burned. 

Burpees: An exercise we love to hate, burpees are a super effective whole-body move that provides great bang for your buck for cardiovascular endurance and muscle strength. 

Planks: A healthy body requires a strong core at its foundation, so don’t neglect core-specific moves like the plank. 

Working any of these exercises into your regular routine is one of the most reliable ways to improve your physical health without any significant disruptions to your daily itinerary.