The Easy Workout Guide for Beginners
By: Marcia Guy LMBT, CPT
Starting to Workout is Hard
I get it, any new habit is hard to establish; but exercise can be even more tricky. Not only do the benefits take weeks to start seeing, but it involves hard work, and frequently a bit of pain. To top this off, gym culture and most of the articles written, focus on people who already exercise. This makes it tough to find a beginners workout.
Don’t overwhelm yourself looking at all the 100’s of types of workout and the shiny tools that swear they’ll make it easy. Newsflash, we get results from consistent, persistent effort. Newsflash #2, it doesn’t have to be as hard as they make it seem. Since most of the articles are written for people who already work out, their information is for people trying to squeeze that extra iota of gain out of their preexisting workout.
For beginners, just starting to workout is progress. If you go from not working out at all to an easy work out 2-3 days a week, CONGRATULATIONS! You just made progress and that’s what exercise is all about.
Exercise is Good for You
Regular exercise is arguably one of the best habits you could start. It helps your mental function, improves mood, improves sleep, and so much more! Many of the chronic diseases that plague modern society could be curtailed with regular exercise. Federal guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate activity a week (see more here). That could mean:
-20 (ish) minutes of walking a day
-30 minutes of walking 5 days a week
-Gardening on the weekends an hour each day and active chores (vacuuming, hand washing dishes, making bread) during the week.
Active living is critical to healthy living. So where does that fit in exercise? Exercise is where we train proper movement habits and increase our strength and coordination. When we don’t exercise intentionally, daily life becomes our exercise. In day to day activities, we are more focused on getting the job done, than on doing it with good form. Because of this, we end up hurting ourselves doing the things we love.
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