Simple Fitness for Absolute Beginners
Simple Fitness for Absolute Beginners
We can’t all be ultra-serious health nuts, training every hour of our spare time. If you just want to get yourself a little fitter and a little healthier, but don’t know where to start, then you are far from being alone. The gym can be intimidating, as can joining a new sports club. The wealth of information available online can also be a little overwhelming.
Some of the best forms of exercise don’t require any special equipment or knowledge at all, however. They can be accomplished at any level of fitness or skill.
Whatever your fitness level, let’s bring some aerobic exercise into your life. This will allow you to work your body’s main large muscle groups. It will also improve your cardiovascular system and help you to achieve or maintain a healthy weight.
Whichever method of aerobic exercise you choose, be sure to start in small steps. Work up from a few minutes per day to the point at which you’re able to do half-hour sessions, three times per week or so.
First, Consider Your Current State of Health
It’s always wise to consult with your doctor before trying any new form of exercise, especially if any of these apply to you:
- Unexplained chest pains anytime in the past
- History of asthma, heart conditions, or strokes
- Occasional or frequent dizziness
- You have diabetes or you struggle to control blood sugar levels
- Any current muscle, bone, or joint problems, including muscular dystrophy, arthritis, osteoporosis, or past muscle or joint injuries
Of course, these are just a few of many conditions that indicate you need to be cautious. If you have any concerns about your health and fitness at all, then talk to a qualified medical practitioner.
Great & Easy Ways to Exercise
These are a few great ways for people new to exercise to begin their fitness journeys. Remember to keep it easy and simple, and always progress at your own pace.
One of the best pieces of advice for anyone looking to improve their fitness is to walk more. It helps you maintain your weight by burning calories. It improves cholesterol levels, circulation and blood pressure. It strengthens your bones. It also improves your mood.
Walking is strongly correlated with a decreased risk of many diseases, especially diabetes, and heart disease.
The best thing about walking is that it’s easy and fun. All you need is a good pair of shoes and a few minutes per day. If you travel into work, try getting off public transport a few stops early, or parking your car ten minutes from the office. Walk the rest of the way, and then walk back at the end of the day. It’s simple and quick, and it will do wonders for your health.
If you ignore the rest of this article, that’s OK. Don’t ignore this one: Get out and walk.
This is a little bit more involved than walking, but there will be limited stress on your bones and joints due to the water’s buoyancy. This makes swimming particularly good for people with injuries or conditions like arthritis. It will also boost your mental state, give your muscles a good workout, and improve your cardiovascular system immensely.
Start off with a couple of widths, then move on to a length. Then try two, three, and four lengths, and keep it going from there. Linear progression is easy and simple to monitor with swimming.
If you want to improve your fitness in a simple, easy way, dance like no-one’s watching. This is a good one because of the range of methods available.
To start, simply put on some music in your living room (and maybe close the curtains). Then move to the music, whichever way works best, for five to ten minutes. If you want to, you can then move on to a gym-based dance class, or take classes in ballroom, Latin, or any other type of dance.
You’ll have fun moving to the music, working your cardiovascular system incredibly hard, and improving your strength and posture. If you go to classes, you’ll likely meet a whole host of new people in the same situation as you. It’s a great workout, and it’s fun. That’s the most important thing, ultimately.