If you're out of shape, you may be wondering where you should begin your exercise plan. The truth is many of us can't just jump into a routine after years of being sedentary. I remember when I was trying to get back into shape and chose an exercise DVD that ended up kicking my butt. I couldn't even make it through the "warm up". I didn't give up though. There were other exercises I was able to do and they were a great starting point. Here are just five of the best exercises for beginners.
Many people downplay the importance of walking as exercise. However, when you're out of shape and several pounds overweight, walking can be very beneficial. Not only is walking low impact, but you don't need any special equipment. All you have to do is get up and walk. You might even choose to walk a path throughout your home over and over or walk around the block a few times. Either way, this is a great way to start exercising.
Strength training is another excellent exercise for those that are out of shape. You don't even need weights to get started. Strength training is easy to do with your own body weight. You might do squats, push ups or heel lifts. As you build muscle, your body will be burning even more calories. If you purchase a simple set of 5 pounds dumbbells, you can greatly increase your options.
I love cycling. An exercise bike is an excellent way to get in shape. It's also a great form of exercise for those that hate to workout. Many exercise bikes take up very little room and can easily fit in most living rooms. This means you can watch TV or even a book while you work out.
Another great form of exercise for those that hate exercise is hiking. Hiking doesn't feel like exercise in the least. The ability to get outside and discover something wonderful is entertaining. I began hiking the mountains of Tennessee at a young age and still love to hike.
Last, but not least, backyard sports are another excellent way to begin your exercise routine. You could shoot hoops, play badminton or kick the soccer ball around with the kids. Either way, it's a fun way to burn calories and get back in shape.
You don't have to jump into an intense workout plan. In fact, that could be dangerous to your health. What you need to do is begin with an exercise that helps get you in shape and these are a great place to start.