Wanna Start Working On Your Fitness? This Workout Plan Is Beginner-Approved

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Exercising regularly is one of the best things you can do for your health.


Soon after you start exercising, you'll begin to feel and see the benefits that physical activity can have on your body and well-being. Regardless, working exercise into your routine takes a lot of determination, and when you're new to it, it can be overwhelming to come up with your own routines.

So, here is a week workout plan for beginners just like you. Before you start, though, consider the following:

For cardio workouts:

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The trick to cardio workouts is finding out what is accessible to you, what fits your personality, and what you feel comfortable fitting into your workout routine. If you don't like running, don't. Stay away from the treadmill. If you don't like cycling, don't cycle. Leave them for someone else. There are several cardio alternatives like the elliptical, rowing machine, climber, pool, and more. So, use those instead of trying to make running and biking happen.

And if you're at home without the previously mentioned exercise equipment, don't sweat it. There are a variety of home cardio exercises you can do, like jumping rope, jumping jacks, jogging in place, burpees, and more.

You have many choices, so take some time to figure out what you do and don't like, then go from there.

For strength workouts, you’ll need some equipment:

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Various weighted dumbbells. Some exercises require heavier weights, while others will need lighter weights or none at all. Try to have a range of dumbbells: a light set (three to five pounds), a medium set (five to 10 pounds), and a heavy set (10 to 20 pounds).

An exercise ball. These giant balls are one of the best tools to strengthen the abs and back and increase stability. They come in different sizes to accommodate your height. When you sit on one, there should be a 90-degree angle at your hip joints and knee joints.

An exercise mat. Yoga mats are thinner and have more gripping ability to hold poses. Thicker mats are best if you choose to do Pilates and abdominal exercises because they cushion the spine while you're lying on your back.

For stretching workouts:

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If there are two things you take from this article, let them be this: stretch before you exercise and stretch after you exercise. It will help during the workout and it will help with recovery after it.

When you don't stretch, your muscles are left tight and this could lead to avoidable injuries occurring. So, in order to ensure that doesn't happen, take five minutes before and after your workout to take proper care of your body. Also, make sure to consult with your doctor before trying these routines if you have any injuries, illnesses, or other conditions.

Now that the pleasantries are out of the way, your workout awaits, below:

Day One: Cardio, Strength, and Stretch

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Modify the workout as needed to fit your fitness level and style. Slow down or stop working out if you feel any pain, dizziness, or shortness of breath.

As stated before, your cardio options are endless, including walking, running, aerobics, cycling, swimming, and dancing.

Type: Cardio

Length: 25 minutes

Whichever, exercise you choose, make sure to do it for 25 minutes; and make sure to increase intensity accordingly throughout the 25-minute span.

Type: Strength Training

Length: One set of each exercise, 10-20 minutes

Strength Training Exercises Tips

Choose about 8-10 exercises, targeting the major muscle groups, including the lower body, chest, back, shoulders, biceps, triceps, and abs.

Because you're a beginner, you'd want to do one set of 15 reps for each exercise. Choose weights that allow you to complete the reps. It should be hard at the end, but not impossible. If it's impossible you might have to start a lighter weight.

Progress each week by adding a set (until you're up to a total of sets per exercise), using heavier weights or trying new exercises.

Day Two: Recovery, Walking, and Stretching

You worked hard on day one, so give yourself a break on day two. Instead of heading into an intense workout, do some light cardio. Go for a jog, run for a couple of minutes from a light to moderate pace, take a long, brisk walk. Whatever it is that you choose to do, make sure you're up and moving. Because moving more every day contributes to your overall calorie burn.

Workout: 15-minute jog, walk, or light run

Once you're done, don't forget to stretch you back, neck, and shoulders.

Day Three: Cardio, Strength, and Stretch

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Type: Cardio

Length: 21 minutes

Unlike day one, the length of this exercise routine is 21 minutes long; this is mainly because the workout for this day will be a little more intense. For this cardio routine, you will complete a workout that contains basic interval training that will push you, just a bit, out of your comfort zone.

Interval

Beginner Cardio Interval Workout (21 Minutes)

Rate of Perceived Exertion

(RPE)

5 minutes

Warm up at an easy pace. Make sure that you're starting off relatively easy here. Once you're comfortable, increase your intensity by going faster, raising the incline, or increasing your resistance. If you're using at home cardio routines, try to find a hill or simply increase your speed.

Level 3-4 Intensity

(Meaning: You're still comfortable but are breathing a bit harder. And/or you're sweating a little but feel good and can carry on a conversation effortlessly.)

3 minutes

Rest Set: Increase your speed from the warm up and increase incline 1%. Keep a moderate pace. You should feel like you're exercising, but you're also able to have a conversation.

Level 5

(Meaning: You're just above comfortable, you're sweating more, and can still talk easily.)

1 minute

Work Set: Increase incline 1-3% to raise the intensity level. You should feel a slight change in your intensity, breathing a bit faster and just a little uncomfortable. You can raise the incline, if you're not feeling a difference between sets.

Level 6

(Meaning: You can talk, but you're slightly breathless.)

3 minutes

Rest Set: Decrease your speed and incline to lower your heart rate back to a comfortable level. It doesn't have to be the same settings as in the previous rest set.

Level 5

(Meaning: You're just above comfortable, you're sweating more, and can still talk easily.)

1 minute

Work Set: Increase your speed 3-5 increments and increase incline 1-2% to raise the intensity. Feel free to adjust these settings to work at the suggested intensity.

Level 6

(Meaning: You can talk, but you're slightly breathless.)

3 minutes

Rest Set: Decrease your speed and incline to lower your heart rate back to a comfortable level.

Level 5

(Meaning: You're just above comfortable, you're sweating more, and can still talk easily.)

5 minutes

Decrease your speed and incline even more to a very comfortable pace for your cool down.

Level 3-4

(Meaning: You can talk, but you're slightly breathless.)

Once you're ready to move on, just add another work set/rest set to your cardio routine.

Day Four: Active Rest

You don't necessarily have a workout routine today, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't be active. Here are a couple of suggestions for your not-so off day:

  • Do some crunches or push-ups while you watch TV.
  • Stretch before bed.
  • Walk leisurely around the neighborhood.
  • Roll around on an exercise ball.
  • Opt for the stairs instead of the elevator.

Day Five: Walking and Stretching

You've worked hard all week and your body is still in recovery from the interval training you introduced on day three. So, just as before, give yourself a break.

Do some light cardio. Go for a jog, run for a couple of minutes from a light to moderate pace, or take a long, brisk walk.

Workout: 15-minute jog, walk, or light run

Once you're done, don't forget to stretch you back, neck, and shoulders.

Day Six: Cardio, Strength, and Stretch

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Same as day one:

As stated before, your cardio options are endless, including walking, running, aerobics, cycling, swimming, and dancing.

Type: Cardio

Length: 25 minutes

Whichever exercise you choose, make sure to do it for 25 minutes; and make sure to increase intensity accordingly throughout the 25-minute span.

Type: Strength Training

Length: One set of each exercise, 10-20 minutes

Strength Training Exercises Tips

Choose about 8-10 exercises, targeting the major muscle groups, including the lower body, chest, back, shoulders, biceps, triceps, and abs.

Because you're a beginner, you'd want to do one set of 15 reps for each exercise. Choose weights that allow you to complete the reps. It should be hard at the end, but not impossible. If it's impossible, you might have to start with a lighter weight.

Progress each week by adding a set (until you're up to a total of sets per exercise), using heavier weights or trying new exercises.

Day Seven: Rest Up 

You earned it, sis.

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