Updated: Nov 7, 2020
Starting an exercise program can be confusing and overwhelming. When people find out I exercise 5 days a week (now it is 6 days since I started practicing yoga at home via YouTube) they are either in awe or can't believe it. I've been exercising routinely for more than 10 years. It is part of my life - I can't imagine not being active in some way.
So how do I know how much exercise I need? WebMD states that according to the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Sports Medicine, good health really comes with 30 minutes of activity, at least 3-5 times a week. (source: https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/getting-enough-exercise#3)
If you are a beginner, this doesn't mean that you have to join a gym to start achieving the recommended amount of activity, unless you want to. One good thing about a gym is most have trainers that can tell you what exercises to start with. If you don't want to join a gym, walking is one of the easiest ways to get 30 minutes of activity into your day. If the weather is not good, You Tube has a lot of free resources that you can access at home.
One of my favorite YouTube workouts is yoga. Brett Larkin has a ton of videos that range in length from 15 minutes to 50 minutes. She has beginner and advanced classes. Yoga helps increase your flexibility and strength! You have no idea how hard it is to hold a plank position for an extended period of time! But yoga will give you that! Click here to access her YouTube channel.
Fitness Blender is a YouTube exercise channel that has a variety of home workouts. Most of them are without equipment - making them perfect for the beginner just starting out. Strength training and cardio videos are available. Click here to access the YouTube channel.
Another way to challenge yourself is to find group exercise classes. Spin studios, Zumba, Mega-former and challenge classes can easily be found - some are even available at the local Y. You can drop in and pay per class or pay a membership fee once you find an exercise class you really like.
The real key to any exercise program is to be consistent. I find it helpful to write down what exercises I plan on doing for the upcoming week. Plus, when you write it down, you can see over time the amount of times you've worked out. Talk about motivating! As you get stronger, increasing the amount of time you are exercising will only help you achieve your health goals.
If you start an exercise routine, tell me how it's going! I'd love to hear your experience. Follow my blog on Bloglovin.