Fitness is the kind of thing you want to ease yourself into gently, like a really hot bath. Help is very much at hand, however: if it’s the best beginner workouts that you’re after, you’re spoiled for choice.
In fact, you’re too spoiled for choice – there are so many workouts aimed at beginners out there, it’s kind of overwhelming. Here’s a few tips to help you on your way…
- If you are after a general workout to improve your fitness you don’t need any equipment. But if you want to build up your muscles and increase strength, you might want to invest in some dumbells
- Men’s Health expert Peter Parasiliti believes basic multi-joint exercises are the best way to improve strength and increase size over time. He advises beginners to ignore the rise of the machines and use free weights which will net you greater gains in less time
- Gymaholic advises that your muscles need to rest in order to grow so give 48 hours rest to a muscle group you have just trained
To help you get really started on the road to fitness and because we’re kind, brave, special people, we’ve trawled hours of footage to bring you the very crème de la crème of newbie-friendly workouts.
First up is this 27-minute, low-impact cardio workout from the slick pros at Fitness Blender.
No equipment (or jumping, thankfully) required.
Calorie Burning Low Impact Cardio Workout for Beginners by Fitness Blender
If it’s creaky joints and stiff muscles you’re looking to work on, this 22-minute BeFiT workout – focusing on stretching and flexibility – is perfect for newbies.
BeFiT Beginners Yoga: Beginners Yoga Stretching & Flexibility Workout by BeFiT
Finally, if you’re looking to take your first steps on the road to Buffsville – or maybe even Henchtown – here’s muscle-packing icon Mike Chang with the best beginner workouts using weights.