Beginner Workout Routines

Best Beginner Workout Routines To Trim Your Waist and Tone Up

Walking is on of the best beginner workout routines I know and you can start right away. It's also carries many health benefits like reducing blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, reducing stress, and toning your muscles.

  1. Walk 4-5 days per week for at least 45 minutes each day
  2. Using a heart-rate monitor- while you workout be sure your rate is in the 120 zone
  3. Stretch daily.
  4. Use weights with your workouts. Start low (2lbs) and increase gradually (5lbs)

 One of the very first workouts I started as a beginner were walking routines. You can get fit and lose weight walking as long as you follow a few basic tips. I've been very successful at losing weight using walking workouts.

All you need are a pair of comfortable walking shoes, loose clothing, and the will to get moving.

If you spend some time reading articles online, you'll find that most recommend you walk 4-5 days per week for at least 45 minutes each day.

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Walking At A Good Pace

But, you don't want to just take a leisurely stroll at a snails pace. It's important that you get your heart rate up.

I use a heart-rate monitor that keeps me in my fat-burning zone. With the monitor I can tell when my heart rate is in the 120 zone where it needs to be during my walking workout routines for me to burn fat and maximize my workout.

If you're a beginner, though, you may not have a heart rate monitor and that's perfectly okay. I certainly did not when I started.

What I did was start out walking at normal pace for the first five or ten minutes and then I gradually picked up the pace to a fast walk.

If I got too tired, I slowed down a bit and when I felt stronger, I picked it up again.

You'll want to finish the walk the same way you started, but instead of a warm up walk, what you're doing is a few minutes of cool down.

So just as you started off slow, as you should with any beginner workout routines, and you'll finish slow getting ready for your stretch.

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Stretching Before or After

You'll notice I didn't mention stretching before the walk. That's because I don't. You're going to read different opinions about when to stretch. Should you stretch before or after walking?

Well, here's what works for me... The slow walking in the beginning serves a warm up and that's sufficient. Unless you are doing some super power walking almost jogging, a warm up walk will suffice.

After you finish your walk, when the muscles are warm, then you can do a little hamstring and calf stretch. This is the method suggested by Leslie Sansone in "Walk Away The Pounds".

If you prefer to be outside, try power-walking in your neighborhood or at your neighborhood track.

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Using Weights If you want to burn more calories during your walking workout routines, add weight. After about a month of walking around the grounds of my apartment complex, I started to feel like I needed something more. Since I wasn't ready for jogging or running yet, I decided to add ankle weights to my walk.

I started with 2 lb ankle weights and after another month, I increased the weight to 5lbs. I did the same with wrist weights. However, I never increased my wrist weights, I just stayed with 2lbs.

Conclusion Beginner Workout Routines

In my opinion walking workout routines are the best and easiest form of exercise for beginners to implement. It's also carries many health benefits like reducing blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, reducing stress, and toning your muscles.

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