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How to Get Started if you Haven't Been Working Out

 

Whether it’s your first time or you’ve let a few years (or decades) slip by, getting started on your fitness journey can seem like a daunting task. It’s easy to get caught up in what the perfect diet or training plan would look like and then find yourself in the abyss of paralysis by analysis. Spoiler alert: there’s no perfect plan. The best thing you can do is focus on what’s practical given your technical abilities, current fitness level, equipment, and overall stress levels. 

If you’re brand-spanking new to the wide world of fitness then baby steps are the name of the game. The simple act of incorporating a daily, brisk walk can get the ball rolling. Consistency beats intensity. There’s a level of discomfort you’ll have to feel at first, but not only does it go away, but you’ll crave the challenge. A simple full body workout with basic equipment done a one to two  times a week is the best thing you can do in conjunction with daily walks.

 

 

Here’s a super simple circuit you can try out. 

  1. Kettlebell Deadlifts - 6-10 reps
  2. Plank position - 10-30 seconds 
  3. Wall Sit - 10-30 seconds
  4. Alternating Battle Rope Waves - 30 total waves 

Rest as much as you need and perform 3 sets. Aim to do a few more reps or go for a few more seconds each week for 3-4 weeks. 

If you’re an ex-athlete remember that LESS IS MORE. Don’t get caught up in trying to relive your heyday and getting yourself so sore you take another decade off. If you had good technique before it typically doesn't go away so you’ll only be limited by your current fitness level. The good thing is that it will go up pretty quickly combined with, you guessed it, some consistency. A full body kettlebell, dumbbell, bodyweight and battle rope workout performed 3x a week combined with daily brisk walks and some added activity and you’re good to go. That activity can be in the form of a recreational sport, skateboarding with your kids, bike rides, frisbee, etc. For anyone looking to get back into fitness it’s important to find things you enjoy doing!

Lastly, don’t forget about NEAT. Non-exercise activity thermogenesis is anything done outside traditional workouts. Gardening, parking further away from the store, taking the stairs, all add up to a surprising amount. Don’t let an opportunity to move your body go to waste! 

Good luck on your training journey! We’re here to help at Living.Fit with plenty of beginner workouts and programs to get you started and keep you going. Our 10 Minutes to Transform program is a phenomenal way to get the habit of daily movement hammered in. Give it a try today! 

Check out more interviews and articles from Marcus Martinez and Aaron Guyett in the blog, or get full versions by subscribing to our membership here:  https://www.living.fit/kettlebell-workout-plans-and-memberships

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