Best Workout Routines for Beginners
Have you been putting off starting a regular workout routine? If so, you are not alone. As with anything in life, the hardest part is getting started. Perhaps you are one of those people who never had to work out until age started sneaking up on you, or perhaps you were once dedicated to a daily program but fell off the wagon over time. Don’t worry, you are not alone. Everyone needs a little push when it comes to starting or re-starting a routine. In this article, we identify the best workout routines for beginners so you can ease your body into – or back into – better health and wellness in no time!
Before you begin this or any workout program, please consult with your physician and remember to listen to your body, and never overdo it. It takes time for your muscles to get used to new movements, so it’s important to level-set expectations and start slow. You will eventually build up strength and flexibility and be ready to take your workout routine to the next level.
Cardio-Walking: For those who have been out of the game for a while, it’s important to get moving without putting too much strain on your body at first. Walking is a great way to ease back into a routine while burning calories and getting your heart rate up. We recommend dedicating at least 20 minutes to walking outside, preferably while it’s light, and starting off at a normal pace. Gradually increase your pace so you feel your heart rate elevate and your muscles start to warm up. Keep up this pace for as long as you are comfortable, then return to your normal pace for the last couple of minutes. Using a step tracker is a great way to track your progress, too. Does your mind tend to wander while walking? Try listening to inspirational music or your favorite podcast to stay focused or bring your favorite furry friend along for the walk.
Yoga: Namaste inside instead! Many people love yoga for its ability to help center and focus the mind and body while burning calories and creating long, lean muscles. But, don’t be fooled by the calm and measured movements of a traditional Sun Salutation. Yoga is actually a very intense and challenging workout that requires training and discipline. So, if you are just getting started or returning after a hiatus, we recommend starting at a beginner’s level. If you don’t want to look for an online or in-person class, check out these Essential Yoga Poses for Beginners to get things started.
Pilates: Pilates is a great, low impact workout that works to strengthen muscles while promoting better posture and increased flexibility. Most Pilates workouts focus on the core but will also exercise other parts of your body. Like Yoga, this workout is so much more challenging than it may appear so again, be sure to start at a beginner’s level. There are many options when it comes to Pilates, including local instructor-led classes and online classes. Once you discover your favorite moves, you will be able to create your own at-home workout as well. Looking for guidance? Here are 8 things to know before taking a Pilates class.
Custom Intervals: If you march to the beat of your own drum and prefer to lead your own personalized workout, custom intervals are a great way to get things started. The idea here is to do a short series of medium to high-intensity workouts interspersed with recovery periods involving low impact/intensity movements. The best thing about this workout is that it’s totally customizable based on your personal preferences and abilities. No matter what you choose, be sure to warm up and start slowly. You can get more tips here.
No matter which workout routine you choose to get yourself back in the game, it’s important to do it right. Always listen to your body and stop any movements that cause discomfort. Remember, if you injure yourself you will only have to take time off from working out again! And, always remember to stretch before and after any workout to help reduce post-workout muscle soreness.
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