Perhaps, unlike most Americans, you actually have some extra time on your hands, and you are interested in a healthier lifestyle. If you are a complete beginner when it comes to physical activity, you may be wondering where exactly you should start.
There seem to be countless options; basketball, running on a treadmill and even in-home workout tapes with strange sounding names. By the time you figure out what exactly is best suited for you, you may suddenly find that your appetite for exercise has evaporated.
Luckily, with the right resources, it isn’t difficult to find a routine or activity that works great and will provide you with the results you are looking for.
List of Physical Activities for Beginners
The simplest physical activity is a long walk. Because a casual walk is performed at an extremely low intensity however (unless you are walking continuously uphill), you will need to walk for quite a while to burn a good amount of calories. Morning walks, however, are an exception because like any activity performed early in the day they will boost your metabolism for hours afterwards.
If walking seems boring to you, you can always kick it up a notch and go on a jog. Whether it is performed outside or on a treadmill, jogging is a great way to shed fat fast. Jogging should be performed at a medium pace for at least half an hour.
Do not overexert yourself, and this is especially true if you are a beginner. As you continue running every week, your cardiovascular endurance will gradually (or sometimes, swiftly) improve, and you will suddenly find that you can run for far longer than you ever thought possible.
Aside from purely cardiovascular exercises, there are plenty of things that you can do for an excellent workout. Resistance training, such as lifting light weights, can not only burn a significant amount of calories, but it can also help you build lean muscle. Look for a weight that you can perform approximately ten to fourteen repetitions with.
By the end, you will have had a pretty good cardiovascular workout, and you will be well on your way to a more toned body. There are also pure bodyweight exercises such as pushups, pull-ups and sit-ups that help you build muscle all over your body and also serve as a great way to burn through hundreds of calories.
Finally, there are physical activities such as tennis, basketball, and soccer. Believe it or not, these activities are significantly better than time spent on a treadmill or on the track. This is because you will find yourself jogging, sprinting, and walking (amongst other things) all in one session. This array of activities essentially confuses your body into burning more calories and targets both your Type I and Type II muscle fibers.
Ultimately, if you are a beginner, make sure that you stretch properly. Not only will it help you perform better, but it will also keep you from getting injured. You should stretch out every limb and muscle that you intend on using for the duration of the activity, and do not neglect areas such as the neck, calves, and shoulders.