This post is a part of Back to Basics Week, a week where we share fabulous how-to and beginner’s content to get you and your fitness kicked off and up for fall!
There seem to be a lot of “rules” when it comes to working out—when to, when not to, what to do, what not to do and in what order—which can be off-putting to those just starting out. If you don’t know how to do it properly, what’s the point of doing it at all, right?
There is no right or wrong when it comes to fitness, especially if you are just starting out. Yes, there is a correct way and an incorrect way to throw hundreds of pounds up over your head, but if you are new to exercise, anything you do is going to be positive for your health. Don’t get trapped in the thinking that even something so small as walking around the block isn’t worth the effort. It’s always worth it. There are some general guidelines, however, which you can easily use to structure effective exercise into your life, even if you’ve never so much as curled a dumbbell.
Here’s the thing with working out: there are a few rules, but you have enough flexibility that no two people’s workout schedule looks the same. The important thing is to find the right combination that allows you to stick with it. There are three general components to an effective exercise plan: cardio, strength training and flexibility.