The general consensus around 2016 seems to be that it wasn’t the best year ever. But there were certainly some highlights. Take our Do-It-Yourself Health series, for instance. If you’ve followed along, you know that each month we delivered fitness and nutrition plans designed to work for a variety of lifestyles and activity levels.

As we look onward to 2017 and prepare to bring you even more DIY Health posts, we want to take an opportunity to revisit some of our “greatest hits” of 2016. Of course, these workouts and recipes are good any time. Use them to get a jump start on your new year’s resolution, or to keep your healthy routine going all throughout the year.

Best DIY Workouts of 2016

Basic Bodyweight Workout


This basic bodyweight routine is a great way to start building strength in your upper body, lower body, and core.

Resistance Band Workout


Resistance bands can help you take your workout to the next level by targeting multiple muscle groups at once.

Yoga Strength Workout


You may not think of yoga as an avenue for strength-building, but this routine begs to differ.

Free-Weight Workout


You don’t need expensive machines or equipment to build and tone your muscles; a set of free weights can go a long way.

Pilates Workout

Pilates can help you strengthen and stretch your body to improve your posture and balance. One thing’s for sure: you’ll feel great after this workout.

Best DIY Recipes of 2016

Tomato Avocado Toast

As delicious as it is simple, avocado toast is an easy, energizing way to start the day.

Garden Veggie Egg Salad

This recipe provides a healthier alternative to traditional egg salad that packs a garden-fresh flavor.

Mason Jar Salad


This Instagram-friendly salad is perfect for a packed lunch.

Low-Sugar Chocolate Bites


Who says healthy can’t be delicious? These chocolate bites will replace your store-bought cookies in a flash.

Oatmeal Energy Bites


Wherever your next adventure takes you, these oatmeal energy bites will keep you going (and they’re healthier than the kind you get in a box).