Where to Start for Beginning Exercisers

Congratulations...You're ready to get started with exercise!

As a beginning exerciser, you may be confused about where to start. Have no fear because I've put together some resources to get you started:

12 Weeks to Weight Loss
This free program is designed to help you get started with cardio, strength training, flexibility exercises and healthy eating. Start here if you want a program already made up for you but keep in mind it isn't one-size fits all...modify where you need to!

Beginner's Corner
This is the place to start if you've never exercised or haven't exercised in a while and need a refresher course on setting up an exercise program. It provides step-by-step instructions on what you should do before you get started, how to get ready and how to set up a complete exercise program.

Beginner Cardio Workouts
These workouts are for beginners who are able to exercise for up to 15 minutes at a time (although they can be modified if you need to do less). The workouts include a basic 13-minute walking workout (either outside or on a treadmill) and a beginner 10-minute cycling workout. These workouts are great if you haven't exercised in a while and want to ease into cardio training.

Beginner Strength Training Workouts

No matter what your fitness level, you'll find a workout to fit your needs. Choose one or more of the following workouts to get started:

Total Body Strength Training for Beginners
This workout requires little to no equipment and is a great way to begin weight training with little or no experience.

Senior Strength 

This total body workout was designed for seniors or for anyone wanting to work on balance, stability and increasing daily functionality. Equipment used includes: a chair, a medicine ball (or any other type of ball) and a resistance band.

Exercise for Obese People
This total body workout is designed for obese people or for anyone who has trouble moving around.

The entire workout is performed while seated and requires little equipment (paper plates and a resistance band).

Beginner Ab Workout
This ab workout includes some basic abdominal exercises such as crunches, crossover crunches, and modified plank.

FAQ's, Articles and More Resources for Beginners

Cardio 101
Exercise 101
Weight Training 101
Running for Beginners
Beginning an Exercise Program
How to Exercise