Home workout routines for beginners

If you’re a beginner looking to start a home workout routine, here are some exercises you can incorporate into your workouts. Remember to warm up before each session and cool down afterward. Start with lighter weights or resistance and gradually increase intensity as you progress.

  1. Bodyweight Squats:
    • Stand with feet hip-width apart, lower your body by bending your knees and pushing your hips back. Keep your chest up and weight in your heels. Return to the starting position and repeat for a set of 10-15 reps.
  2. Push-Ups:
    • Start in a high plank position with hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Lower your chest toward the floor by bending your elbows. Push back up to the starting position. Modify by performing push-ups on your knees or against a wall if needed. Aim for 8-12 reps.
  3. Lunges:
    • Stand with feet hip-width apart. Step forward with one foot, lowering your body until both knees are bent at a 90-degree angle. Push through the front heel to return to the starting position. Alternate legs and perform 10-12 lunges per leg.
  4. Plank:
    • Begin in a push-up position with your forearms on the ground and elbows aligned under your shoulders. Engage your core, keep your body in a straight line, and hold this position for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  5. Glute Bridges:
    • Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Push through your heels, lift your hips off the ground, and squeeze your glutes at the top. Lower your hips back down and repeat for 12-15 reps.
  6. Standing Dumbbell Shoulder Press:
    • Hold dumbbells at shoulder level with palms facing forward. Press the weights overhead until your arms are fully extended. Lower the dumbbells back to the starting position. Aim for 8-12 reps.
  7. Bicycle Crunches:
    • Lie on your back with hands behind your head and knees bent. Lift your shoulders off the ground and bring one knee toward your chest while extending the other leg. Twist your torso, bringing the opposite elbow toward the bent knee. Repeat on the other side. Perform 10-15 reps per side.
  8. Russian Twists:
    • Sit on the floor with knees bent, feet lifted off the ground, and torso leaning back slightly. Hold a weight or medicine ball in front of your chest. Twist your torso from side to side, touching the weight to the floor on each side. Aim for 12-15 twists per side.
  9. Standing Calf Raises:
    • Stand with feet hip-width apart and raise your heels as high as possible while keeping your knees straight. Hold for a moment at the top, then lower your heels back down. Perform 10-15 reps.
  10. Mountain Climbers:
    • Start in a high plank position. Bring one knee toward your chest, then quickly switch legs, alternating back and forth as if running in place. Perform this exercise for 30-60 seconds.

Remember to listen to your body and modify exercises as needed. Gradually increase the number of repetitions or sets as you get stronger and more comfortable. Additionally, consider incorporating cardiovascular exercises like brisk walking, jogging in place, or jumping jacks to increase your heart rate and improve overall fitness.

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