4 Essential Exercises for Beginners
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So, youâ€™ve decided to start exercising. Good for you! The next question might be where to start. Should you take up running? Weight lifting? Kickboxing? With so many options, itâ€™s easy to become overwhelmed. When Iâ€™m training a client whoâ€™s an exercise newbie, I like to start with exercises that are simple, accessible and effective, including these four fitness elements:
Body weight resistance training
Think of your core muscles as the central point of your body that makes everything work harmoniously together. With a strong core, you are less likely to have pain in your lower back and hips, and balance and stability will improve. You will notice this not only in the gym, but also in your daily life. When training your core, itâ€™s important to focus on all aspects: your abdominal muscles, obliques, and lower back. There are a variety of exercises that target various parts of the abdominal muscles, like ball crunches and planks. (Here are a few sample core moves.)
Often neglected, balance training is essential for strengthening neuromuscular coordination (the communication between your muscles and your brain). Balance exercises help increase stabilization and muscle development and strengthen your core, in turn, causing you to burn more calories. Single-leg exercises are great for improving body alignment and your bodyâ€™s ability to control the muscles need to maintain balance.
(Note: Before starting an exercise program, make sure that youâ€™re cleared by a doctor.)