Best Workouts for Complete Beginners
How to get fit and healthy!
When I started working out and eating healthy, I had such a hard time staying on track! It was so easy to go back to bad habits versus meal prepping and going to the gym. Throughout my fitness journey, I’ve discovered certain tips and workouts that helped me stay on track.
I discovered that it’s so easy to make a plan to go to the gym, but when it comes times to go, I had a hard following through. I had no idea what workouts to complete on my own, or how to even use the big muscles machines at the gym! It was so hard to stick my workout goals after that first week was under my belt.
It actually took me a few weeks to really get in the groove, but that’s only when I MADE A MAJOR CHANGE WITH MY WORKOUTS!
I went out on a limb and starting taking various fitness classes throughout my evenings and weekends. I found that ‘following’ a class schedule for some of my favorite workouts help develop the habit of going to the gym. It was a lot easier to go to a weekly Pilates class then to just ‘go to the gym’. All I had to do was follow the various instructors, do what they did and pretty soon I was able to keep up with them without pausing for exhaustion.
Attending the classes not only allowed me to hold myself account, but I definitely found the best workouts for complete beginner’s.
Depending on your fitness level, attending a weekly yoga class is a great way to get into the habit of going to the gym. It’s a low impact workout, so no need to worry about doing any burpees or jumping jacks in this class. With so many different variations of Yoga, finding a class that works for you is really important. Attending a hot Yoga class as first timer might not be the best option as a beginner.
Yoga can be a great option for those who haven’t ‘workout in years’, as it allows the muscles to slowly (at your own pace) get use to active movement. The wonderful thing about it are the various levels of intensity. Any one from a new beginner to advance ‘yogi’ can benefit from a Yoga workout. It’s quickly become one of my top three favorite workouts!
Never underestimate the power of a good walk! Not only is it relaxing after a long day, but it also helps work out muscles that have spent all day sitting in a chair. Walking a pet outside or going around the block a few times is great way to get into the mindset of daily movement. It’s both a low impact workout and no heavy equipment is needed!
Depending on the walk length, wearing a good pair a shoes and carrying a water bottle are all the items needed for this workout. Not only will it feel good, but it’ll be a nice mental break away from away from the phone and television screens.
If walking is a step to big for now, don’t be afraid to start by counting the amount of daily steps taken. There’s a number of apps out there that can assist with this task. Counting steps not only allows you to visualize the amount of movement in one day, but it’s a great way to start adding a fitness routine into your daily routine.
If you don’t have smart phone, no worries! Pedometers are another great way to track steps, and there’s so many different options to choose from. Just be sure to find one that works best for you first and foremost.
Again, never underestimate the power of a good stretch! If you find yourself not able to start off with an evening walk or counting steps, simply stretching out will help work muscles not use to movement. It’s easy to view active Yoga participate who have many years under their belt bust out a move, and feel completely not there! Taking it one day at time is exactly how they got to hold a handstand pose so effortlessly. It definitely didn’t happen overnight.
Easy starter streches:
- Toe Reach – begin by standing up and then bending at the waist while reaching for your toes with outstretched hands.
- Back Flexes – Simply round the shoulders while arching the back like a cat, and looking down. Then simply reverse it by curving the spine and dropping the shoulders with the head raised. Complete a few times to work your back muscles fully.
- Seated Stretch – Take a seated position while crossing your legs and making sure your back is straight. The longer this pose is held, the better it is for your back. Especially for my fellow desk job friends!
Now I know what your thinking, weight training? Seriously? How is that for beginner, but it really is! Starting with a little weight training once a week as part of your fitness routine, is a great way to jump start a healthier you. The possibilities are limitless when it comes to what routine to complete. Depending on which body part is being worked, strength training can activate and shape specific muscles over time. Be sure to grab a set of weights to add to the challenge!
Any body part can be worked effectively when a set of weights are added:
- and can’t forget the core!
Pinterest is a great source of workout inspiration and routines. I even created a board filled with fitness routines for those times when I’m running short on time and need to complete a few quick workouts. Feel free to check it out and subscribe for easy find of quick workouts and fitness routines!
Getting into the habit of working out requires dedication and discipline. If you want change to occur then the effort has to be put in. Nothing happens overnight, and nothing is handed on a platter. Hard work reaps benefit but the work has to be put in! So much easier said than done, believe me I know, but if I can do it so can you.
The best advice given to me was to take it one day at at time, and to start back on those goals after each slip up. Don’t beat yourself up for having fast food for dinner, or skipping the gym all week. Just start the next day with your fitness and health goals in mind, and that’s all that matters. Over time, the routines will set in and change WILL occur!
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