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At Home Exercises for Beginners

Toni Ann DiSantis

Most of us know how important it is to exercise regularly-it burns calories, builds muscle, lowers cholesterol, and helps prevent conditions like osteoporosis and heart disease, among many other benefits. Some of us belong to a gym, but not everyone. While belonging to a gym can offer plenty of benefits, I am here to show you that you can get results right in your own home. It getting colder, darker, and the holidays will be here before we know it. I realize how valuable your time is so I have put together two "at home" exercise routines to get you started. Start with # 1 for a set, rest 30-60 seconds and repeat until all sets are complete. You are the only one who knows your body, so set realistic goals, & listen to what your body says. Go at your own pace, it isn't a race. There is plenty of time, pace yourself and make it fun!

 

For Beginners

Start by adding these exercises 3-4 days a week. Click on each excerise for a detail description and video on how to perform each movement.

 

1. Squats - 4 sets of 10-15- Best to start with chair that you can sit in and then right back up without using your arms. Write your progress down.

2. Supermans - 4 sets- Holding the up postion for as long as you can, Start with 5 or 10 seconds, & try to beat that time. Write down your progress.

3. Bent Knee Push-up - 4 sets of as many as you can do, and try to hit or beat your number with each set. Write down your progress.

4. Single Leg Stand-  4 sets Try it first & see how long you can stand & use that a guide, Write down your progress.

5. Front Plank - 4 sets ( beginners start on knees) Again, you will need to try it first, holding the plank position as long as you can, so you have a starting point & a goal. Write down your progress