“When should I work out? Where should I work out? Why should I work out?” Sigh so many questions before actually grabbing those dumbbells and doing something! It’s hard to start a workout routine without knowing where to begin. With gyms shutting down and trainers being so expensive, it can be difficult to fix a routine.
We might want to jump at the occasion and grab the heaviest weights or try the most hardcore machines at the gym or lose motivation all together because we can’t figure out the right posture.
If you’re searching for a step-by-step guide to starting your fitness journey, look no further. Ace celebrity trainer and fitness influencer Sehr Beg breaks down the absolute fundamentals of working out and where you could step up your game without even going to the gym.
Warm-Ups: To start your fitness routine the first thing you have to do is stretches and warmups. Begin your workout with warm-ups like running on the spot or jumping jacks. It’s always good to get your heart rate up because that’s how you burn the most calories. You could do variations from high knee marches and mountain climbers for upto 5 minutes.
Squats: Squats are versatile exercises which target the lower body including quads, hamstrings and glutes. If you find squats difficult in the beginning you can always make it easier by going halfway down when you’re in the position and slowly increase the difficulty and do the full squat.
You can also do lateral squats as a warm up or use glute bands as you progress. Once you’re comfortable enough with your squats you can add weights to give you that extra push.
Lunges: One of the easiest ways to get toned legs is by doing lunges. This exercise works your glutes, hamstrings and quads. Start by standing up tall, step forward with one foot until your leg reaches a 90-degree angle. Your rear knee should remain parallel to the ground and your feet shouldn’t go beyond your knees. You could also switch it up with side lunges which work your inner thighs.
Planks: Planks are the ultimate workout for building your core and back strength. Although they may seem challenging at first, overtime you’ll get the hang of the right technique and once you’ve got down the right posture for it, you can do different variations to challenge yourself with forearm and side planks.
Push-ups: Push ups are usually the workout people shy away from because it’s quite difficult to do at a beginner level. However, since it’s one of the most recommended exercises which can work your upper body, core, and glutes, you can always start push-ups on your knees. You just have to make sure that your arms bend the same way as your body and not out.
These are just a few of a handful of workouts which can begin anyone’s fitness journey. Of course, there are hundreds of other exercises in different categories from HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) to weight training to crossfit to pilates, there are many different types of training to choose from.
However, if you just want to start somewhere these are the exercises for you.
Sehr Beg is an accredited HIIT trainer who has a passion for helping everyone achieve their fitness goals.
With a zeal for getting everyone on their feet, she encourages us all to get moving! Sehr is also a certified marathon runner who has earned medals and represented Pakistan on an international level. Besides that, she is an entrepreneur and a mom who is dedicating her life to motivating others to live a healthier, fitter and overall happier lifestyle.
To get in touch with Sehr Beg directly you can DM her on Instagram – @sehrbeg