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Having a fit body is a coveted ideal for most of us. Whenever a workout craze comes out, we get highly motivated. We make an official declaration to start exercising and resolve that this time our new fitness routine will stick.
But what if you don't know where to start? Or worse, you feel rusty from months or years of not being intentionally active? If you’re like most people, then you know that getting into a fitness routine can be quite intimidating.
Fortunately, there are many activities you can do to get yourself into shape at home. For a greater effect on your body, use an exercise buddy when you do these activities. Here are five fitness strategies you can implement today. Of course, be sure to consult with a physician to ensure these activities fit your physical needs.
Yes, walking—it’s simple, effective, and has no gimmicks. Simply put one foot in front of the other and ease your way into working your body. Whether it’s during your lunch break or around your neighborhood park, walking every day can help relieve stress. Later on, you can heighten the intensity by upgrading to power walking.
Don't be alarmed, you don't have to start with headstands. This ancient practice rooted in Hinduism has stretching combinations for many levels. According to Yoga Journal, there are beginner sequences that can get you started on the path to "build strength and confidence" once you are ready to deepen your commitment to this discipline.
Hop on your bicycle and go for a ride. Whether you’re by yourself or with good company, cycling has many benefits. Bicycling.com discusses ways cycling can make you healthier—such as with recovering from injury, improving brain and heart function, and losing fat. So go ahead and take the scenic route to better shape!
If you're just starting out with an exercise routine, then swimming is a great place to start. Exercising in the water allows you to improve your personal fitness level without placing stress on your joints. Beyond this benefit, swimming is also a full-body workout that can improve mobility and flexibility over time.
5. Free Weights
You don't have to wait to go to the gym to have access to the barbells, dumbbells, and other strength training equipment. However, in the beginning stages of a weight training routine, dumbells are a great place to start.
In a nutshell, getting back in the workout groove does not have to be daunting. From walking to cycling, do the best you can with what you have. Ultimately, the goal is to do something every day that makes you feel happier and healthier.
Now that you know how to start working out, remember to fuel your body with the nutrients it needs to stay energized.