3 Easy Exercises for Beginners

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3 Easy Exercises for Beginners

Published on March 01, 2019

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Whether you’re brand new to exercise or just took an extended break, make sure you ease into your new routine. Start with easy, beginner-level exercises and work your way up to harder workouts.
Here are 3 basic exercises that you can do from the comfort of your home. No gym membership is required!
Perform each exercise below for 2 sets of 10 repetitions each. Do this quick workout three times a week for great results and a fun challenge. For extra support and stability, use an exercise mat.

1. Low –impact jumping jacks

Increases blood flow to the heart and gets your muscles warmed up!

  • Stand with your feet together, knees slightly bent, and arms at your side.
  • Extend your right leg to the right side while raising your arms above your head.
  • Bring your right leg back to original standing position with your feet together.
  • Extend your left leg to the left side while raising your arms above your head.
  • Bring your left leg back to original standing position with your feet together.

Once you’re comfortable with these steps, boost your workout with standard jumping jacks.

2. Push-ups

Builds upper body strength in the triceps, chest and shoulders.
Start slowly with beginner push-ups:

  • Get on your hands and knees with palms flat on the ground, shoulder width apart.
  • Keep your back straight and slightly bend your elbows.
  • Slowly lower your chest halfway to the ground and then push back up.
  • To avoid neck strain, makes sure to keep your gaze focused on the ground.

When you feel ready, challenge yourself with standard push-ups.

3. Plank

Strengthens your core, which includes your abdominal, pelvic, and back muscles.
Begin with this easy version of the plank:

  • Move into a beginner push-up position (mentioned above) so your knees are on the ground.
  • Keep your back straight and slightly bend your elbows.
  • Hold this position for 10-15 seconds (or as long as you can).

If you master the easier plank position, push yourself to try a full plank position by lifting your knees off the ground.
Remember, if anything hurts or causes pain, stop immediately. And, as always, check with your doctor before beginning this exercise program.
 

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