No doubt there are a hundred in one ways someone can go about getting in better shape. You could Crossfit, weightlift, powerlift, Zumba, and/or even pole dance your way to better health and a better body.
While it could be argued that one method is better than another in a world full of biases and assumptions what I am interested in is the BEST way for YOU to achieve your goals. I define best as the way which will bring you to your goals, but in a safe, efficient, sustainable, and most importantly integratable way. This means no matter what it is you do it keeps you injury free, doesn't waste your time, doesn't demand more than you can give in either money or time, and fits within all the other demands of life you have meet.
It is rather idealistic, but I believe that if you experiment with enough different methods, schedules, and principles you'll find what works and eventually cultivate this "best way"
The point of me interrupting your Facebook browsing and inbox cleansing today is to offer a "way" of getting in better shape that I think may just be a or the missing piece of the puzzle for you in your search for the "best way."
This also overlaps with the latest interest of mine which is fitness at home and not that trendy-P90X-brazilian-butt-lift-kinda home fitness, but like top-notch, high-quality, and high-performance training done without some damn globo-gym membership.
The "way" I want to share with you is what I believe is the most minimalist way to go about getting into great shape.
It has, in my opinion, the lowest overall financial investment and the most flexible training schedule.
You simply buy a kettle bell (35lbs for Gals and 50lbs for Guys) and a cheap exercise mat of some kind. The total expense will be less than $100 and which is also less than the cost of a year's membership to the local YMCA or 24 hour fitness chain. You'll have everything you need in order to get into great shape plus you'll have the beginnings of a nice home gym. I mean c'mon wouldn't you rather put your money into something you own outright rather than paying some faceless company money every month to have access to a bunch of random equipment, most of which you never use nor need.
Not to mention this new home gym of yours is open all the time and you never have to wait on the Bro in front you finishing his umpteenth set of cable crossovers.
I know what your thinking though.
"Yeah Steve that sounds great, but a single kettlebell and mat?"
"There isn't much I can do with that."
"I am going to get bored."
"How do I progress or regress without having a selection of weights?"
All legitimate statements and questions when you are starting out, but the truth is the opportunity for variety, progression, and regression with these two tools is rather large probably mind-blowingly so if this is kind of fitness is brand spanking new to you.
But don't close yourself off to this "way." For most I think it offers the most sustainable, efficient, and integratable way of getting fit. It isn't outside of most people's budget. It fits in with anyone's schedule. You don't have to worry about location and logistics. You don't have to concern yourself with overly helpful trainers, meathead Bros, cardio bunnies, or any other gym stereotype that might off put you from working out. Plus you can catch up on DVR'd shows with getting that better body.
All I ask is that you give it a try. If you end up hating it you can always sell the equipment back to a used fitness equipment store and recover part of your investment which is more than you can say about a monthly gym membership you never use, but are contracted to pay for the next 24 months.
Let me help you out with this problem of a perceived lack of progression, regression, and variety in this "way" of getting in better shape.
Below are several videos of single or double Kettlebell circuits that are examples of how one might implement this "way" of training. Below those several videos are additional videos of plain KB exercises that you could do right at home as well. This doesn't even go to mention all the bodyweight exercises there are you can use and progress.
Oh yeah your wondering where the mat comes in. Basically you just throw it down on the ground whenever there is a surface you don't really feel like laying down on or perhaps to protect the floor when you set the kettlebell down.
(Technically it is done with a dumbbell, but I could have just as easily used a kettlebell.)