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New To Fitness? Here's How to Start

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As a trainer, I have heard every possible reason as to why someone cannot fit exercise into their routine. Admittedly, many of these reasons are legitimate.

With media and the fitness industry bombarding us with information, it is often difficult to find a starting point. It can be a challenge to find the time with the amount of everyday obligations such as work and kids. I am also guilty of delaying my gym routine for household chores.

However, with a dog and a toddler, I am grateful that vacuuming with vigor, according to the Huffington Post, will help burn calories. Here is what contributor Jeanette Pavini had to say.

“Ever break a sweat while vacuuming your house? That's because you're burning around 65 calories for every 15 minutes of mopping, sweeping or vacuuming. To intensify the upper body workout, consider wearing wrist weights.”

Of course for those of you that are just embarking on an exercise routine, it's important to prevent overtaxing your body in the beginning. The Mayo Clinic has these suggestions.

“If you're just beginning to exercise, start cautiously and progress slowly. If you have an injury or a medical condition, consult your doctor or a physical therapist for help designing a fitness program that gradually improves your range of motion, strength and endurance.”

I suggest a brisk walk three times a week for 20 minutes to get you started, and then you can progress to a faster pace and longer duration. For us women, lifting weights is also important. I've designed three short workouts which you can do at home on the alternate days.

You will need a long resistance band with handles, a set of dumbbells and a resistance ball for these exercises. Each day you should do every exercise 12-15 times, then move onto the next. Repeat the cycle two or three times.

DAY 1 – Walking and Abdominals

ABDOMINALS ON BALL (15-20 reps each)

Sit on the ball and walk your feet forward until the ball is resting under your mid or lower back.
Place hands behind your head.
Contract your abdominals as you exhale and lift your torso off the ball.

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