5 Easy and Effective Workouts for Absolute Beginners
If you’ve never exercised regularly, starting a fitness routine can be really hard. Even if you’ve taken the first step and joined a gym, you might avoid going there because you are embarrassed with your body and all the workouts seem way too difficult. But don’t let your lack of gym experience affect your healthy choices and your lifestyle – getting started is easier than you think. In this article, we’re going to help you make your first steps towards getting fitter by sharing our favorite workouts for absolute beginners. They’re both easy and effective.
Squats are extremely popular because they are easy to do, help you to shape the muscles in your lowers body, and have tons of variations if you want to challenge yourself. If you’re a complete beginner, you may want to start with assisted squats. You’ll still target your butt, thighs, and legs but doing the squats will be a lot easier.
To do assisted squats, you’ll need either a low bench where you’ll gently land for a brief moment before standing up again. Alternatively, you can find a railing, a sturdy frame, or anything else that will hold your weight and grab it with both hands. Set your feet a bit wider than your shoulder width, tighten your stomach and make sure your spine is straight but not rigid. When doing the squat, look forward and slightly upwards. Perform the sitting down movement slowly, and try to keep your back straight when rising. Do the standing up movement using your thigh muscles so that you don’t pull yourself up but stand up naturally.
2. Modified Plank
The plank is probably one of the most effective full body exercises. Doing it for only 15 minutes a day can do wonders to your body. However, the traditional plank isn’t an easy workout for a beginner. That’s why you should start with a modified plank – an easier version of the exercise that’s still very effective.
To do a modified plank, start on all fours, then walk your hands forward. When your body makes a straight line from head to your knees, lift your abs and keep your pelvis parallel to the floor. Lift your feet towards your butt and hold the position for 15 seconds. Repeat several times.
3. Leg Lifts
Side-lying leg lifts are a no-brainer and a very pleasant workout for beginners. Yes, it’s easy but don’t be deceived because it’s also very effective for toning up your legs. Do them 10-15 times on each side and remember to keep your legs straight.
4. Modified Pushups
It’s hard to underestimate the benefits of pushups. It’s also extremely hard for a beginner to do even 3-5 pushups. That’s why you should start with modified pushups. They are a lot easier to do and they gradually make you fit enough to get started with traditional pushups. Just like the full version, modified pushups target your arms, chest, shoulders
Doing modified pushups is easy – just stand on your knees instead of your toes. The upper body part stays the same as in traditional pushups, so don’t forget to keep your back straight.
5. Shadow Boxing
This is perhaps the easiest and the most satisfying exercise of this list. Simply assume a boxing pose, bounce on your toes and hit an imaginary opponent. This will help you to consolidate your workout and benefit your core, legs, and arms. Go for faster and slower punches and jog on the spot for even more benefits.
Those workouts were easy, weren’t they? Get started with them and you’ll soon become a lot fitter and healthier. See you in our gyms!