Walking is a great way to start for most people because it’s something you can do anywhere and the best part is—it’s free! Check out this sample walking program from the UAMS Living Healthy website.
Beginner Yoga or Pilates are two more great forms to start with if you find you have tight muscles, low core strength and joint pain. These two can help you build up and be ready for a weight lifting program or can be done in tangent with weight lifting to keep your pain at bay.
Group exercise classes are another place to start your workout path. Why are classes so great? You are in a group setting and will meet more people to help you stay motivated. There are so many different classes now and they are not all cardio based. You can learn lifting techniques and get some instruction from a certified professional who is there to keep you safe. When beginning a class for the first time, greet the instructor and let them know it’s your first class. That will give them plenty of notice to watch you a little closer than their regular patrons until you are comfortable.
Circuit training can be a gateway to lifting weights that will help keep your heart rate up while continuously moving (this can even be in a group setting!). Ask your gym today if they offer any circuit training or programs you can use on your own if your schedule won’t fit their class times.
Swimming or water classes can also be a great way to start out on a program if you haven’t exercised in a while or if you just really love the water. There are plenty of structured classes here in Little Rock, check out more information about that with the UAMS Water Wellness classes. If you find that you cannot make it to some of the classes, there are routines you can find online to do in your own time at your local pool. Recovering from injury and building strength and stamina are just a few benefits of working out in the water.
Personal training is another outlet for you if you feel uncomfortable with the gym setting or if you just want some one-on-one instruction to learn how to safely exercise and develop a program.
There are so many new and different ways to get into an exercise program; it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with so many choices. Take your time on deciding and no matter what you choose, start slow and listen to your body above all else. If you are not a beginner, all of these options still apply. If find something you like, you usually will stick with it longer.
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