Simple workouts to get you started
By Fabiola Hudson
September 22, 2021
If you are new to working out or want to get started, think about incorporating some of these things into your workouts to get the most out of your time exercising. First of all, before we get into it, congratulations.
Exercising greatly improves your overall health and can decrease your risk for certain diseases, extend your lifespan, or just make you feel better in general. Working out to physically look better is one thing but it can also improve other aspects of your life such as your mood, sleep, and overall confidence.
Just get started
The first thing is just get started. No matter how small or easy your workouts can be, everyone starts somewhere and just doing anything to start begins to make a big impact on your life.
If you haven’t started and you’re reading this right now, you can start now before you even finish this article by just going to take a few laps walking around your office or if you are at home, bust out a few sets of pushups or sit ups.
Set a schedule
Once you have at least started doing some kind of exercise, it is time to start thinking about a schedule. The most important thing to schedule is when you are going to find time to workout during the day. The best way is to find a time block everyday you can fit in a quick workout.
It can be after work, before work, during your lunch break, in between TV shows, before you shower. Really anytime. You don’t have to workout everyday but if you find a time segment during everyday that works for you to fit in a workout, you can miss a few days per week here and there and still get in a workout 3 to 4 times a week.
Build up your goals
After you have set a time to workout everyday you can start to build your goals. If your goal is to lose weight, focus on lifting heavy weights and cardio. If your goal is to gain muscle, then also focus on lifting heavy weights and eating a lot of healthy food and protein but less so on cardio.
From there you can gradually increase the intensity of your workouts to get stronger or lose more weight over time.
Bodyweight exercises are the best place to start when you’re just getting into working out. There are a few different kinds of bodyweight exercises that you can do, and they’re all pretty easy to learn and do!
You can start by practicing basic push-ups, dips, and sit-ups. These are great for helping you build up your core strength, which will help you with things like running or jumping! If you want to try something a little more advanced, try some pull-ups or leg raises. You can also try pushups with your knees on the ground—this is a great way for you to practice balance in addition to strengthening your legs and core muscles.
Hitting the gym
There are a few machines that you can use in the gym to get your body into shape. The most basic of these are the treadmills and stairmasters: You just put on a pair of sneakers and start running or walking on them. This is a great way to burn calories, build cardiovascular strength, and get some cardio-respiratory training done.
If you want to make it more interesting, there are weight benches that you can use for free weights. These are great for building muscle mass—but be careful not to overdo it! It’s easy to get injured with these types of exercises if you’re not careful. Finally, there are elliptical machines that let you pedal while doing some steady-state cardio work—and they’re even more convenient than treadmills or stairmasters because they don’t require any special equipment!
Cross training with other sports is a great way to diversify your workout regimen. Cycling, swimming, or some other sport can help keep you in shape along with your regular workouts. There are many benefits to cross-training. It helps you to develop a variety of skills that will help you be more comfortable in any sport you choose to play.
It will also keep your body from getting too used to one activity and make it harder for it when you move on to another form of exercise. The most important thing is that cross-training keeps your mind active by giving it something new to think about while working out. This will help prevent boredom from setting in and make sure that you don’t lose motivation over time!
If you’re looking to go from a couch potato to a fitness model, it’s time to get started! The first step is setting your goals. What do you want your body to look like? What are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve that goal? Think about what makes you happy and what makes you excited about getting in shape.
Once you have those answers, set a schedule for yourself—and stick to it! You don’t need to go to the gym every day. Focus on bodyweight exercises until you’re ready to commit, and remember not just working out every day—cross train as well!
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