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Creating a lighter, healthier you is a multi-step process. One of the most important steps, and the main focus of this section, is exercise. Here we explore everything from the benefits of exercise to how much and how often it is necessary to promote weight loss.

The Best 4-Week Workout for Beginners

It is admirable to start seeking out exercise explorations and ending up venturing to this page! However, it is imperative to acknowledge your current fitness level to prevent injury and enhance the workout's effectiveness. The identified workouts are incorporated into the following beginner workout routine.

The Best 4-Week Workout for Beginners


First off, it is admirable to start seeking out exercise explorations and ending up venturing to this page! However, it is imperative to acknowledge your current fitness level to prevent injury and enhance the workout's effectiveness. The identified workouts are incorporated into the following beginner workout routine. But before jumping right in, these workouts for beginners offer modification, progression guidance, and explanation:

1. Body Weight Squats

Using body weight is not only convenient, but also effective. Tackle a standard body squat with these simple steps.

2. Lunges

Like squats, lunges can be operative strictly based on body weight. This short clip describes the basic movements of lunges. Feel free to hold on to a door frame as needed for stability.

3. Push-Ups

Push-ups can be a tough task and rather than trying to knock them out quickly, focus on quality form and movements. These push-up modifications are great for beginners. When feeling strong enough to tackle a full-fledged push-up, learn how to accomplish one here.

4. Straight Arm Planks

Planks are stationary movements offering strength to the body. Whether planked on your toes as seen here or modified on your knees, keep arms straight and the core muscles tight.

5. Steps

Using available stairs, step with the movement of "up, up, down, down" - step up with the left foot, then the right foot, stepping down with the left foot, then the right foot as a continuous motion.

6. High Knees

High knees are considered to be a cardiovascular and lower body workout. Essentially jogging in place and raising your knees, the exercise visualized here also assists in stretching the backside of the body.

7. Jumping Jacks

Jumping jacks continue to hold great value in a workout routine, as they serve as both a cardiovascular and lower-body workout much like high knees.

8. Running

In the beginning stages of running, you may not be able to complete a full 30-minute jogging series. (And that is perfectly okay!) Build up your endurance by mixing running with quick walking - run for 30 seconds, walk for 30 seconds, etc.

4-Week Beginner Workout Routine

Week 1: During the first week, focus most on technique rather than repetitions and set numbers. You will be learning and tackling the basics of each motion to enhance their effectiveness.

Day 1: Strength-Training
• Squats (12 reps)
• Push-Ups (10 to 12 reps)
• Planks (30 seconds or as tolerated)
• Lunges (5 per leg, 10 total)
REST and repeat for a total of 3 sets

Day 2: Interval Training
• Squats (10 to 12 reps)
• Push-Ups (10 to 12 reps)
• Stairs (30 seconds)
• Lunges (5 per leg, 10 total)
• Jumping Jacks (20 jumping jacks)
• High-Knees (30 seconds)
REST and repeat for a total of 2 to 3 sets

Day 3: Cardio (Choose one)
• Run or jog for 30 minutes. Alternate between walking and running as needed, but try to keep moving as quick as possible.
• Circuit: steps (one minute), jumping jacks (30 seconds to one minute), high knees (30 seconds to one minute) - REST and repeat four times

Week 2: Continue to focus on technique like week 1, with the indicated workouts across a 3-day span. Increase sets as tolerated and add on 10 minutes of cardio.

Day 1: Strength-Training
• Squats (12 reps)
• Push-Ups (10 to 12 reps)
• Planks (30 seconds or as tolerated)
• Lunges (5 per leg, 10 total)
REST and repeat for total of 3 sets

Day 2: Interval Training
• Squats (10 to 12 reps)
• Push-Ups (10 to 12 reps)
• Stairs (30 seconds)
• Lunges (5 per leg, 10 total)
• Jumping Jacks (20)
• High-Knees (30 seconds)
REST and repeat for total of 2 to 3 sets

Day 3: Cardio (Choose one)
• Run or jog for 40 minutes. Alternate between walking and running as needed, but try to keep moving as quick as possible.
• Circuit: steps (one minute), jumping jacks (30 seconds to one minute), high knees (30 seconds to one minute) - repeat four times
• Bike, cycle, etc. for 40 minutes.

Week 3: Add on a fourth day of interval training to incorporate both cardio and strength-training.

Day 1: Strength-Training
• Squats (12 reps)
• Push-Ups (10 to 12 reps)
• Planks (30 seconds or as tolerated)
• Lunges (5 per leg, 10 total)
REST and repeat for total of 3 sets

Day 2: Interval Training
• Squats (10 to 12 reps)
• Push-Ups (10 to 12 reps)
• Stairs (30 seconds)
• Lunges (5 per leg, 10 total)
• Jumping Jacks (20 jumping jacks)
• High-Knees (30 seconds)
REST and repeat for total of 2 to 3 sets

Day 3: Cardio (Choose one)
• Run or jog for 40 minutes.
• Circuit: steps (one minute), jumping jacks (30 seconds to one minute), high knees (30 seconds to one minute) - repeat four times
• Bike, cycle, etc. for 40 minutes.

Day 4: Interval Training
• Squats (10 to 12 reps)
• Push-Ups (10 to 12 reps)
• Stairs (30 seconds)
• Lunges (5 per leg, 10 total)
• Jumping Jacks (20 jumping jacks)
• High-Knees (30 seconds)
REST and repeat for total of 3 sets

Week 4: Increase reps and/or advance progressions.

Day 1: Strength-Training
• Squats (12 to 15 reps)
• Push-Ups (12 reps or try tackling a standard body push-up)
• Planks (30 to 45 seconds on toes)
• Lunges (10 per leg, 20 total)
REST and repeat for total of 3 sets

Day 2: Interval Training
• Squats (12 reps)
• Push-Ups (12 reps)
• Stairs (45 seconds to 1 minute)
• Lunges (10 per leg, 20 total)
• Jumping Jacks (30 jumping jacks)
• High-Knees (30 seconds)
REST and repeat for total of 2 to 3 sets

Day 3: Cardio (Choose one)
• Run or jog for 40 to 50 minutes.
• Circuit: steps (one minute), jumping jacks (30 seconds to one minute), high knees (30 seconds to one minute) - repeat four times
• Bike, cycle, etc. for 40 to 50 minutes.

Day 4: Strength-Training
• Squats (15 reps)
• Push-Ups (12 reps or try tackling a standard body push-up)
• Planks (45 seconds on toes)
• Lunges (10 per leg, 20 total)
REST and repeat for total of 3 sets

Although the following 4-week beginning workout routine can be effective, the best workouts are ones you enjoy doing. Forcing yourself to workout may lead to burnout and is essentially unnecessary, as there are numerous exercises to be chosen from. Continue to experiment with other workouts and sign up for classes, even if it does mean stepping out of your comfort zone! Additionally, continue to stay active! Make activities a family effort by going hiking together, playing with children on the playground, etc. Despite the exercise, have fun and live your healthiest, most active life!

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