With an approaching new year, many people are thinking of getting a gym membership or starting a fitness routine at home. If you find yourself in that group, you may be wondering where to begin. Some exercises programs are targeted at those with more experience. But there are still plenty of options. Here are five types of exercises that are great for anyone who is ready to make a commitment.
1. Walking– One of the best exercises that you can start out with, no matter what kind of shape you’re in, is walking or jogging. Hitting the pavement may take a little getting used to but it’s essentially worry-free because of the low impact, which greatly reduces the risk of injuries. This is provided you take it slowly. Eventually, you can work your way up to running to get in even better shape.
2. Strength Training – Despite what you may think, beginners shouldn’t shy away from lifting weights. Aside from those with special concerns, it’s recommended for anyone, regardless of age or fitness level. The most important requirement is having the willingness to learn.
3. Swimming – For an excellent total body workout, getting in the water is a great option. Even if it’s the winter, you can still consider it since many gyms offer an indoor pool as part of the membership. It’s worth looking into if you’re thinking about joining a gym because swimming is another low-impact exercise that minimizes the risk of injuries.
4. Martial Arts – If you need a little more structure to follow through on a routine, martial arts might be the answer. Having a teacher who will instruct you on doing it the right way is one of the benefits. Your instructor will guide you and help you progress at your own pace.
5. Boot Camp – Since many of these are designed for beginners, boot camps are a great way to transition into regular workouts. They’re tough and will definitely leave you feeling exhausted, but you’ll learn what you’re capable of and how to push your limits. If you can power through a boot camp, then you may have greater success at sticking to a regular routine once you’ve finished it. It will get you through that difficult beginning stage when you need someone pushing you to keep at it for those moments you may want to quit.
Now that you have some ideas on where to start, there are a few things you’ll want to stay away from until you’re able to progress. Programs, such as CrossFit, HIIT, or P90X are better for those who aren’t new to regular exercise. You can still keep them as a goal to do, but it’s best to build up your strength and endurance before jumping right in to them.
Whatever way you choose to get started, the most important thing is that you’ve made that choice and are ready to commit!