Starting Your Workout Journey
Working out is a healthy lifestyle habit that doesn’t have to intimidate you. If you’ve never worked out before or are just now making the change to incorporate working out into your daily routine, then here’s a short but comprehensive list of the essentials you’ll need to make the most of your new healthy habit.
Gym or No Gym
Gym memberships can be expensive and you may not have $30 to $50 to spend each month. If you live in an apartment complex or have an area with a community gym, take advantage of that resource. You already pay for it, so you should make the most of your amenities. If joining a gym isn’t feasible for you financially, then there are tons of free and paid workout apps you can use. YouTube is a fantastic and free resource for workout beginners.
So many fitness pros and trainers share workouts on YouTube. Start building a playlist and test out some workouts until you find ones that work the best for you and your fitness goals. If you have $10 to $20 to spare per month to spare, there are some great workout apps like Sworkit and Sweat. These apps have videos and planners to help you start your fitness journey and stay on track each week. These and similar apps often give you a 7-day free trial, so you can get a feel for the program and see if it’s a good fit for you before committing to a full month. The important thing to remember here is you don’t need to spend money on a membership to start working out.
Equipment: The Basics
You’re new to working out, so it’s important you have the basic equipment in order to make your workouts the most effective. A yoga mat, a pair of dumbbells, and workout tennis shoes are all you really need to start working out. A yoga mat is great regardless if you’re doing yoga or pilates. It provides you a bit of cushion during floor workouts and gives your feet support during leg workouts. A pair of smaller weighted dumbbells are also important to have on hand for completing workouts. Buy weights that are realistic to what you can handle and don’t feel discouraged if you’re starting set is only five or 10 pounds. You’ll start small and then build your muscles up from there. And finally, a good pair of shoes that have enough grip to keep you from slipping and sliding on the yoga pant or floor is essential. You don’t have to spend a ton of money on these basic items. Check out your local Marshall’s, TJMaxx, or Ross to score deals on the basics.
Equipment: The Extras
Even beginners like options. If you’re a workout beginner, but want to shake up your workouts or go the extra mile, then you may want to add these extra pieces of equipment to your workout gear. Resistance bands are affordable and great ways to intensify workouts and really feel a good burn. A fitness ball is another piece of equipment that can help diversify your workouts and challenge your balance, which will overall help strengthen your core muscles. If you have space and extra money, you can invest in a workout bench. This is a versatile bench that is great for a wide array of workouts and just a solid piece of equipment to have. Kettlebells and wrist weights are other extra equipment pieces you can add to your collection if you’re ready to take your workouts up another notch.
The Basics Are All You Need
You don’t need to invest a ton of money into your fitness journey, especially as a beginner. You just need a few, key pieces of equipment to start you off on the right foot. It’s important you find the right program for you and start small. Don’t overwhelm yourself and push yourself beyond your limits. Consult your doctor if you’re concerned about a specific workout. Your fitness journey is yours and yours alone, so start today, make sure you have the essentials, and make the most of your new healthy habit.