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4 Best Beginner Exercises To Do At Home

4 Best Beginner Exercises To Do At Home

You can start getting fit today! Here are four easy beginner exercises you can do at home and continue to do as your fitness level advances. While this is directed toward beginners, these exercises are good for anyone — especially busy people. When you can’t make it to the gym or you are traveling, all you need is a little space to expend maximum effort. You don’t need to let a lack of time be an excuse for neglecting your fitness.

Taking that first step toward a strong body needn’t be hard. Here are some simple beginner exercises that can begin to strengthen and build your body.

Take this challenge. Do each of these exercises three to four days a week for a month. You will be amazed at how much stronger your entire body feels, and you will be ready to take on new fitness challenges. I won a few fitness awards as a US Marine, and I always found that consistency and simplicity won the day. Overdoing it, complicated routines, etc. always seemed to get in my way. But when I was consistent and simple, I stuck with it and continually improved. You can experience the same results.

Whether you have 10 minutes or an hour, use the time you have three to four days a week and you will see results. These results will motivate you to increase your effort and expand your knowledge, breadth, and level of fitness.

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Pushups

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    Health Benefits: Chest, biceps, and core strength. Beginner to advanced.

    Simple Steps: Start with your hands facing forward on the ground, shoulder-width apart, and chest a few inches above the ground. Keep your body straight, resting on your toes and hands. Push up to a full arm extension then release back down to a few inches above the ground. Repeat. Keep your head looking down or slightly forward. Do at least 3 sets. If necessary, you can rest your weight on your knees instead of your toes to make it easier. Start with 5 to 10 repetitions for each set and build up from there.

    Planks

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      Health Benefits: Core strength. Beginner to advanced.

      Simple steps: Place your elbows under your shoulders with your hands directly out. Keep your head looking down or slightly forward and your body straight. Hold for as long as you can, until you can’t keep your body straight, then stop. Do this 3 times. You might start with only 15 to 30 seconds. Work your way up to 2 minutes or longer.

      Burpees

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        Health Benefits: Total body exercise, strength, and cardiovascular. Beginner to advanced.

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        Simple steps: Start from a standing position with arms at your sides. Bend your knees and lower to the ground until your hands are touching. Kick your legs back and move into a pushup position, then kick your legs forward and jump up. Repeat. Start slowly and do for a minute. Increase your speed and the amount of time as you advance. Shoot for 5 to 10 minutes of burpees.

        Jumping Rope

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          Health benefits: Cardiovascular, core strength, arm strength, leg strength, overall body fitness.

          Simple steps: Buy a jump rope, go to back to your childhood skills and jump! Keep your head looking forward and your hands about waste height. Start with small goals, say a minute without stopping, then build up to 10 minutes or more.

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          Fitness starts today!

          Exercise is addictive once you make it a habit. Building the habit is more important than what you do or how long you do it. Most habits take three months to establish, so if you are beginner, start your habit by committing yourself to three to four days a week. The amount of time doesn’t matter — do whatever you can fit in, even if it is only five minutes of the above exercises. Once you build this routine into a habit and you begin to feel the results, increasing the amount and type of exercises you do will be easy. And if even these simple exercises seem overwhelming, remember the simplest thing that is guaranteed to get your fitness moving forward: go outside for a walk!

          For more simple exercises that you can even do at your office, check out this link!

          Featured photo credit: vadymvdrobot via stock.adobe.com

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          Published on September 21, 2018

          How Long Does it Take to Build Muscle and Increase Fat Loss?

          How Long Does it Take to Build Muscle and Increase Fat Loss?

          “Can I look like you in 3 months?”

          The teenager stared at me, waiting eagerly for a response. It’s a normal day as a certified fitness coach and yet again, I had to grab some flying feet and put them down on the ground of reality again.

          “If I would be able to reach this body in 3 months, you think it would’ve taken me 5 years?” I responded smilingly.

          In the same moment I tapped the teenager on the shoulder and we both went to the training floor together. Fast forward to today, he eventually reached his dream body. But it took him a little bit longer than 3 months.

          In this article, I want to give you a broad overview and answer to the commonly asked question: how long does it take to build muscle and increase fat loss?

          Your biggest enemy for building muscle and fat loss

          I remember when I joined my first gym years back. After two weeks of continuous training, I saw absolutely no difference in the mirror.

          I googled “2 weeks body transformation” and was frustrated by seeing all these pictures by savvy marketers.

          We human beings have evolved to seek instant gratification. We can’t wait for things to happen tomorrow. We want them today or even better, yesterday.

          It doesn’t matter if we talk about business or our fitness results. If we truly want to make a long-lasting change, we have to delay our innate need to crave gratification instantly and focus on the big picture.

          In the book called Grit by Angela Duckworth, a predictor for future success in children was the so called ‘Marshmallow Test’.

          The Marshmallow Test works this way. Children are basically given two options:

          1. Eat the marshmallow in front of them right now.
          2. Wait 10 minutes without eating the first marshmallow and get a second marshmallow to eat on top.

          This is an insane test of willpower and the ability to delay gratification for an even bigger payoff, as a 10-year old school child. If the child already mastered that crucial skill at such a young age, it was a strong predictor for future success.

          We all have to learn how to delay gratification better. Most people overestimate what they can do in one month, but totally underestimate what they can do in 10 years.

          What you really need to build muscle fast

          Your ground zero

          It all matters on which point we start off. Because the reality is:

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          Everyone has to start somewhere.

          A former Olympic athlete will have an easier time building muscles and losing fat than an avid couch potato. There are mainly two reasons for this:

          • The pre-selected genetic blueprint of the athlete.
          • Work ethic of a professional.

          While countless of variables play a role in influencing your success in the gym, it all can be traced back to those crucial points. And the saying still holds merit:

          Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard. — Tim Notke

          A mentor of mine told me years ago that you can succeed in life if you just don’t give up.

          You can have average skills, average genetics and average work ethic. As long as you keep improving on your craft, you will succeed.

          Not immediately – but definitely and finally.

          Setting the right expectations

          I’m great at setting unrealistic goals and having the wrong expectations. I wanted to have 100,000 subscribers on my Youtube Channel and at the end of my first year when I started, back in 2015, I ended up with 30.

          This is an embarrassing story, but I hope it gets one point across:

          Your goals need to be realistic if you can’t deal with the setbacks of not reaching them.

          Ending up with 30 subscribers even after pulling frequent all-nighters to get this endeavor rolling was soul-crushing. I contemplated throwing in the towel.

          With the right support from my network and discipline, I managed to keep going. The channel has now grown 100-fold in those 3 years.

          To find out what is realistic, consider the next timeline.

          The muscle growth timeline

          Here’s what results you can expect if your main goal is building lean tissue mass. Warning: Genuine muscle growth without performance enhancing drugs takes a long time.

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          Of course these time periods can vary individually depending on your genetic blueprint and work-ethic. You might see results sooner, or maybe even later.

          The time frame is set to training 2-3 times per week (continuously!).

          Pro tip: Ask a friend or hire a coach to boost your progress tremendously.

          This is what happens when you decide to join a gym, out of my experience training hundreds of clients:

          Month 1-3

          Eat – Sleep – Gym – Repeat.

          Your motivation is at your peak at this point. You will tell your friends and family about your new workout regime. You will notice slight differences in your appearance, which are mainly nonexistent.

          You will experience immense strength gains on your training because your body finally realizes how to use its muscles properly.

          Month 3-6

          This is the time period where most people break. You will be going to the gym consistently, yet the results won’t come just now. It’s the big dip in the whole process.

          Your goal in this phase is to build a habit around your gym visits. You will most likely discontinue to have the all-in mentality as in the first 3 months. You will seek sustainability. Breaking news: It will still be hard.

          But in the end it’s all worth it. Trust me.

          Month 6-12

          “I’ve seen a new vein in my arm!”

          The guy came up to me excited. This is the time where the normal person starts to see considerable results in his training.

          An old friend will talk to him and see a difference in his body shape. Suddenly, his old t-shirt gets too thin. The frequent gym-goer feels amazing.

          Month 12- 24

          Fitness is a trojan horse. While you might think frequent training will only change your body shape, your character will be impacted too.

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          Your friends and family will notice. You’re more confident, assertive and more happy with your self-image. You feel confident and sure in your abilities because you have achieved what you set out to do.

          Breaking news:

          You will still not be satisfied. And that’s a good thing. But don’t forget to enjoy the fruits of your labour.

          They haven’t come easy.

          Month 24+

          “That’s what works for me!”

          If you’ve been going frequently and consistently (twice every week for 2 years), you can pat yourself on the shoulders.

          If you’ve done most things correctly and with a certified coach, you will reach the goal shape at this point. But this is also the point where it can get frustrating.

          Further results will come painstakingly slow at this stage. You increasingly have to work on your weaknesses and constantly alter your training to see further results. Be it applying different repetitions, intensity, workout duration, speed or machines.

          A lot of people will not see results after this stage because the benefits are not worth the work for them. We have to realize that what got us here, will not get us to the next level.

          The fat loss timeline

          If you’re trying to lose fat, I have 2 pieces of news for you:

          1. It will come faster. Fat loss has a shorter timeline.
          2. It will be exactly as hard as building muscles, if not harder.

          Here’s what you can expect if you’re starting to lose weight. Here again: Proper guidance can speed up the process.

          Month 1

          “I’ve lost 10kg in the first week!”

          Your results will come fast. Too fast.

          You will feel exhausted. Most of your weight that you lose will be water. This is the big dip in the whole weight loss process.

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          The shocking news: Most people stop their diet in the first month.

          Month 2-3

          You will reconsider your dieting strategy and opt for more sustainability. You will reintroduce “bad foods” in your diet that you’ve most likely blocked out in the first two weeks or month.

          Because balance (and not quitting your diet) is more important to you at this stage than seeing rapid weight loss. Your life quality will increase at this stage.

          Month 6-12

          At this time frame, you have probably lost more than 10kg. The majority of the people looking to lose weight will be satisfied with their results and shocked by how much of a difference it makes in their appearance.

          You will feel more confident, more energized and more self-assured. You would’ve never guessed that you could make it, that you could finally lose your weight – yet you did!

          And everyone will notice. “What happened to you?!” – your friends will ask you jealously. Old crushes of you will suddenly initiate contact again just to know what you’re “up to this weekend”.

          The fat loss after this stage will come slowly if you haven’t been obese to start with. The goal at this stage is to have created a rock-solid habit out of your gym and eating patterns.

          Then you don’t have to worry about the Yo-Yo effect.

          Conclusion

          “You changed my life!”

          The same teenager took me aside at a Monday evening. He had his first date the weekend prior. Apparently it went well.

          In the whole time frame we worked together, he built up more than 10 kilograms of muscles. It took him more than 2 years. Yet I’m sure if you’d ask him today, he would tell you that it was all worth it.

          Focus on the things that you can control. Losing fat or building muscles might be an overwhelming task to start out with. We have to delay our innate need for instant gratification and focus on the things that we can control.

          Changing our genetic blueprint or the responses our muscles have to the training stimulus is not in our hands. But training at least 2 times per week, eating the right foods and setting the right goals and expectations is.

          Featured photo credit: Arthur Edelman via unsplash.com

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