Our expert says:
The problem with home exercise, or "convenience" training is exactly that - it's often so convenient that it's easy to neglect.
My advice, honestly, is to take exercise outdoors. 20 minutes, head out and do some walking or running if you can. That is not always feasible, and so sure, in that case, a machine may be best. But I'm just concerned about the limited variety of stepping every day. Remember that your target is probably 4 or 5 days a week, and while it's short, that's a lot of 'sameness' if it's purely on stepping.
So mix it up, perhaps. You have weekends, for example, to do other things, bring in variety. Step for 20 minutes, do some body weight exercises, but don't be too narrow and limit other kinds of training, especially outdoors. And with another person - other people are easily the best motivation for training, so find a new colleague and work together!
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