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Level One Exercise Plan For Beginners

Level One Exercise Plan For Beginners

Many people want to start exercising to lose weight or just become healthier. The biggest problem is that most people don’t know where to start. Many are also embarrassed to go to the gym or just don’t want to spend money. Well, you can start with a very simple program that only takes 10 to 15 minutes each day and you can do it at the comfort of your own home.

In this article, I have created a simple exercise plan for beginners. It is composed of easy exercises that involve the major and minor muscle groups of the body for a complete workout. You can squeeze in this simple workout in the morning after waking up or at night when you get home from work. It is a circuit style workout (focusing on weight loss exercises) that you can repeat 1 to 4 times if you want a more vigorous exercise session. You can also increase the number of reps for a more intense workout.

First Week

Day 1 – 20 Jumping Jacks, 15 Squats, 12 Pushups, 20 Crunches

Day 2 – 20 High Knees, 12 Lunges (each side), 12 Pushups, 15 seconds Plank

Day 3 – 20 Jumping Jacks, 15 Squats, 15 Pushups, 20 Crunches

Day 4 – 20 High Knees, 12 Lunges (each side), 15 Pushups, 20 seconds Plank

Day 5 – 10 Burpees, 20 Squats, 10 Plank Jacks, 25 Crunches

Day 6 – Take a walk (20 to 30 minutes) followed by 15 Minutes of Stretching

Day 7 – Rest Day

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Second Week

Day 8 – 25 Jumping Jacks, 20 Squats, 15 Pushups, 25 Crunches

Day 9 – 25 High Knees, 12 Lunges (each side), 15 Pushups, 25 seconds Plank

Day 10 – 25 Jumping Jacks, 20 Squats, 15 Pushups, 25 Crunches

Day 11 – 25 High Knees, 12 Lunges (each side), 15 Pushups, 25 seconds Plank

Day 12 – 15 Burpees, 25 Squats, 15 Plank Jacks, 30 Crunches

Day 13 – Take a walk (20 to 30 minutes) followed by 15 Minutes of Stretching

Day 14 – Rest Day

Third Week

Day 15 – 30 Jumping Jacks, 25 Squats, 20 Pushups, 30 Crunches

Day 16 – 30 High Knees, 15 Lunges (each side), 20 Pushups, 30 seconds Plank

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Day 17 – 30 Jumping Jacks, 25 Squats, 20 Pushups, 30 Crunches

Day 18 – 30 High Knees, 15 Lunges (each side), 20 Pushups, 30 seconds Plank

Day 19 – 20 Burpees, 30 Squats, 20 Plank Jacks, 35 Crunches

Day 20 – Take a walk (30 to 45 minutes), 15 Minutes of Stretching

Day 21 – Rest Day

Fourth Week

Day 22 – 35 Jumping Jacks, 30 Squats, 25 Pushups, 35 Crunches

Day 23 – 35 High Knees, 20 Lunges (each side), 25 Pushups, 45 seconds Plank

Day 24 – 40 Jumping Jacks, 35 Squats, 25 Pushups, 40 Crunches

Day 25 – 40 High Knees, 25 Lunges (each side), 25 Pushups, 45 seconds Plank

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Day 26 – 25 Burpees, 40 Squats, 25 Plank Jacks, 45 Crunches

Day 27 – Take a walk (30 to 45 minutes), 15 Minutes of Stretching

Day 28 – Rest Day

Additional Tips

Wear something comfortable.

Rest after every exercise so you can catch your breath.

Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

Do not skip rest days to allow your body to recover.

Reduce calorie consumption if your goal is weight loss.

Consult your doctor before starting this exercise program especially if you have a medical condition.

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You can also check out this video for more tips: Barbell Hack Squat Exercise That Erin Stern Superfans Can’t Miss

https://youtu.be/MqIQecLkz44

References

https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/fitness/fitness-exercies-its-types-and-untold-benefits.html

http://www.muscleandfitness.com/workouts/workout-routines/complete-mf-beginners-training-guide-0

https://www.glozine.com/lifestyle/health/fitness-secrets-you-probably-didnt-know-about.html

Featured photo credit: Shutterstock via shutterstock.com

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Last Updated on August 7, 2020

6 Best Fat Burning Exercises You Can Do at Home

6 Best Fat Burning Exercises You Can Do at Home

Gyms all over the world are re-opening, yet most people are put off by the various restrictions, risks, and the realization of not having so much time to dedicate to exercise anymore. Covid-19 has started a revolution within the fitness industry, and the new trend is all about at-home training. If you’re going to follow this trend, you’ll need to know some of the best fat burning exercises you can do at home.

Many busy people around the world don’t want to spend hours commuting and queueing outside of gyms, but the desire for a flat stomach is stronger than ever now that the summer season has finally peaked. If you want to maximize the little time you have to exercise from your living room, check out these fat burning exercises.

The best workouts are always going to be those that consist of moves that engage multiple large muscle groups. You can easily take a simple, conventional toning move and turn it into something more efficient that gives you the most bang for your buck.

While it takes a lot of different kinds of training to reach well-rounded fitness (strength training, cardio, stretching, etc.), total body strength training and HIIT (high-intensity interval training) are best for burning off body fat quickly.

Apply this concept to the exercises that make up your routines, and they become dynamic, fat-burning workouts. Here are the best examples of exercises that consume a lot of energy and don’t require any equipment.

1. Burpees

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    No cardio compilation would be complete without burpees. They challenge every part of your body and send your heart rate soaring in no time. All this adds up to an exercise that burns about 10 calories per minute[1].

    Assuming you’re doing between 10 and 20 repetitions every minute, this is one of the best fat burning exercises out there. You can torch even more calories by upping the pace. Just make sure you don’t let your form suffer!

    2. Jumping Lunges

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      If you thought basic lunges were hard, you’ve never tried jump lunges before. This plyometric exercise strengthens all the same muscles, but it’ll also get your heart pounding in no time.

      To get started, simply lunge forward on your left leg as you bring your right arm forward and left arm back, elbows bent at 90-degree angles. From the lunge, jump straight into the air as you switch your arm and leg positions, then land with the opposite arm and leg in front. You’ll burn about 12 calories per minute, so you can really get a good workout in a short amount of time.

      3. Jumping Squats

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        Like with jump lunges, jump squats add a cardio element to a basic strengthening move. You’ll perform a bodyweight squat with your arms straight out in front of you, or bent with your hands behind your ears. At the bottom of the squat, jump as high as you can, land with your knees slightly bent, then immediately sink into your next squat.

        4. Push-ups

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          Push-ups are a total body exercise that are easily modified and can be made to be very challenging, even for the most avid exerciser. To make pushups easier, elevate your hands on a bench, counter-top, or against a wall.

          To make push-ups more difficult, elevate your feet. The higher the angle (with your hands on the ground), the more of your bodyweight you support. Also, you can increase the range of motion by elevating your hands on books, push up handles, or something similar.

          5. Mountain Climbers

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            Mountain climbers might win the award for most travel-friendly exercise because they require no equipment and take up hardly any space. On the flip side, they also deserve some recognition for being super challenging.

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            A 150-pound person can expect to burn around 30 calories after three sets of 40 repetitions. You can easily incorporate any of these other moves to create a full workout, or simply go for as many sets as you can.

            6. Jumping Jacks

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              That’s right. This old-school warm-up is an effective form of cardio. The primary benefit of doing jumping jacks is that it elevates your heart rate. You breathe more deeply while jumping, which delivers oxygen to your bloodstream and ultimately to your muscles.

              In addition, you will also shake your lymphatic system and burn fat at a rapid rate[2], promoting weight loss. Extra tip: Do as many jumping jacks as possible for 10 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, then repeat the same routine for 20 seconds and 30 seconds.

              What to Do With These Exercises

              Each one of the above-mentioned moves has the potential of consuming a lot of calories on its own. Pairing them or combining them can be an excellent way of creating a time-effective, fat-melting home workout. I have been coaching busy executives, moms, and dads for over a decade, and finding time-effective hotel room workouts has always been a skill of mine. In my experience with extremely busy clients all over the world, three types of routine give the best bang-for-buck results while also improving the rate of compliance (it’s useless to have the best routine if you don’t practice it).

              Let’s explore a few examples:

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              Daily Walks

              This is the home fat burning protocol baseline. It’s important to realize that no exercise routine will help you lose weight if you don’t make a point of getting your 10,000 daily steps.

              If you’re able to be out and about, aim to get 10,000 steps per day. Walking serves as a great way to clear your head, manage stress, and keep fat gain to a minimum.

              This may not sound like a big deal, but getting around 10,000 steps per day may burn as many as 500 calories[3]. Taken over the week, that’s 3500 calories, or the same number of calories in a pound of fat.

              Walk in the morning. Walk while doing meetings on the phone. Walk after meals. Walk while you listen to podcasts. Walking time doesn’t need to be dead time.

              Bonus: When you go for your walks, press your tongue against the roof of your mouth and breathe through your nose. Nasal breathing has a ton of benefits including:

              • Better oxygen extraction, which can lead to more energy.
              • Maintain a balanced pH in your body.
              • Deep nasal breathing may decrease nerve activity in the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response).
              • Increase Nitric oxide, which can improve the flow of nutrients into your body, improve waste disposal, and regulate blood pressure.
              • Regulate workout intensity.
              • Mouth breathing accelerates water loss, which can accelerate dehydration.

              The Intermittent Training Protocol

              This protocol should be the base of your exercise program, and it takes virtually no time. Do this every day:

              Pick one of the above-mentioned exercises and perform it with perfect form, as fast as you can, for 30′ seconds, totally cold. If you have stiff joints or previous injuries, scale down the jumping version of the exercise with the static one (example: switch jumping squats with regular squats).

              Repeat this 2-3 times a day, every day.

              In his book, The Immunity Code, Joel Greene explains how quickly performing an exercise totally cold and at a totally random time of the day will prime your body to learn that particular movement pattern, improving strength, metabolic rate (therefore fat loss), and joint health.

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              The secret of maintaining a young body may as well be being able to sprint from zero to hero or squat as fast as you can without a second notice (as our ancestors might have been doing their whole life).

              This intermittent training protocol takes virtually no time and has an insane cumulative effect. Think about it: 30 squats, three times a day, for seven days is 30 x 3 x 7 = 630 squats that likely equal 1000 calories burned and virtually zero time consumed. A great idea is to do your chosen exercise each time you hit the toilet in order not to forget about it.

              The 20-minute Hotel Room HIIT Workout

              Here, the game gets tough. If you can cut 20 minutes, one to four times per week, you’re up for a sweaty, fat burning blast. Do this:

              Pick 4 of the above-mentioned exercises, and do them as fast as you can for 60 seconds, then rest for 2 minutes.

              Example of a lower body + core day:

              • 1′ jumping jacks, rest 10”
              • 1′ jump squats, rest 10”
              • 1′ jump lunges, rest 10”
              • 1′ jountain climbers, rest 2′
              • Repeat 3-4 times

              Example of an upper body + core day:

              • 1′ jumping jacks arms, fully extended, rest 10”
              • 1′ press-ups, rest 10”
              • 1′ burpees, rest 10”
              • 1′ mountain climbers, rest 2′
              • Repeat 3-4 times

              Final Thoughts

              Over my 10+ years of experience as a trainer coaching TV celebrities, executives, CEOs, and a ton of average people looking for a great workout, I’ve learned that the only way to help people maintain a fitness routine is to create a fitness regime that can improve people’s lives rather than consume it.

              Going to the gym is great, but it’s a time-consuming activity, and it’s rarely a necessary one if your goal is to be lean, young, healthy, and energetic. Over the past four months, I’ve been helping thousands of people to get fit from home, for free, in my private Busy Yet Fit Community by streaming my live home workouts every single day. Feel free to join and learn more about at-home routines that suit all levels of fitness.

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