When you are first starting, working out can seem very intimidating. It can be hard to figure out where to start, what to do, and why you would need to do it.
Having a baseline knowledge of what to do going into working out will help it feel less daunting, and your goals will seem more obtainable.
The main theme for this is that you do not need to dive in headfirst and bite off more than you can chew your first week, This is not only how people get discouraged, but it is also how they get injured.
Starting slow and gradually building upon your progress is the key to any aspect of fitness.
In this piece, we will talk about 4 key areas of exercise that are important for beginners to know as they get into fitness.
1. Start With Cardio
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Cardiovascular training is a great baseline training that will benefit all other areas of working out. It helps with your endurance and helps you build up the other areas of your program.
Cardio is a key component of any type of functional training. The more endurance you have, the longer your workout sessions can be. It will help you stay fresh longer and can help reduce stress on your body.
When starting your cardio training it is important to establish a baseline. The test for this is to walk or jog on a treadmill and see how long it takes before you get tired.
Once your bottom line is established you can set your goals and start including small cardio workouts into your daily routine.
Starting slow and gradually working your way up is a common theme when it comes to working out for beginners.
Once you are comfortable with where you are at you can continue to increase your speed and distance to keep yourself challenged.
The cardio exercises you chose do not have to be complex to be effective. Taking a walk around your neighborhood, taking the stairs at work, or going for hikes are great choices for improving your endurance. Little changes make a big difference.
As long as you are staying active and staying on top of your cardio, you will be able to notice improvements.
2. Bodyweight Exercises
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If you are new to working out, bodyweight exercises are a great place to start. Starting with bodyweight exercises is an easy way to get a full-body workout with little to no equipment.
They will be something you continue to do as you advance. Bodyweight workouts are very beneficial for your overall fitness. They are effective at building strength, endurance, flexibility, and stability.
There are a variety of great bodyweight exercises that will work your entire body extremely well. You can hit every muscle group with these exercises. Bodyweight exercises are also great for your cardiovascular fitness.
A final thing to note is that bodyweight exercise can be a great substitute workout for days you cannot make it into the gym. They will still be able to give you a great full-body workout and another way to keep up with your routine outside of the gym.
3. Weight Training
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Weight training (or resistance training) is a very effective way to build muscle and help strengthen joints.
It is important to start slow and light when it comes to lifting weights. The ideal place to start is at a weight where you can do 10-15 repetitions with proper form.
The form is crucial for weight lifting so you can make sure you are working for the right muscle group, and more importantly, so you do not injure yourself.
As the weight becomes easier, you gradually add weight to the exercise so it does not become too easy.
Ideally, you will want to add a little bit of weight each time you do an exercise. If you add weight and you do not think you will be able to hit your number for reps, do not force it.
Take your time and build up weight without hurting yourself.
4. Circuit Training
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Circuit training is a great way to spice up your workouts and incorporate a little bit of everything. They are a great way to push yourself and see how far you are coming along with your fitness goals.
Circuit training involves timed sets of exercises with minimal rest in between. For example, a basic circuit could be Lunges, Pushups, Situps, and Squats in 30-second intervals 5 times. This is a very basic example, but I hope it demonstrates the idea.
Circuit training is you get the benefits of cardio and strength training in one session. You will be working for different muscle groups, with minimal rest, requiring you to push your endurance levels in the process.
Working out does not have to be scary and over complicated. You can find what works best for you and develop a program around that.
This basic overview of different types of exercise will hopefully give you some ideas and tools of how you want to get started on your fitness journey.
You are not working out for others, you are doing it for yourself. Have fun, experiment, and stay active.
About The Author:
James is a content writer who loves everything fitness. He wants to share his passion with as many people as he can to help educate those he can reach. James loves listening to music and exploring the outdoors in his free time.