I just came across this 21-day challenge by Redbook. This is a great little challenge for new exercisers (and for those wanting to add to their current workouts).
This beginner workout is great because it incorporates both cardio and strength, and works different muscle groups. Basically, how it works is you do one exercise on Day 1. On Day 2 you do the exercises from Day 1 and Day 2. On Day 3 you do the exercises from Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3….so that when you finally get to Day 21 you’re doing 21 different exercises.
Definitely check out the website here and watch the video. Familiarize yourself with the exercises so that you can keep your form in check.
What’s also really great about this workout is that you can virtually do it anywhere – that includes while you’re watching TV (take advantage of those commercial breaks, folks!).
Everyone has to start somewhere and this little workout is very basic. I’m not going to say it’s easy because there may be some difficulty, especially for beginner exercisers.
If you have any difficulty with a particular exercise and feel like it’s too much for you right off or that it may cause you injury (ie. burpees) you can either omit that exercise and sub in something else – like crunches for instance, or extra jumping jacks – or if you think you’d like to try burpees but don’t feel like your body is strong enough yet you can rearrange some of the exercises – make Day 6 your day for hip bridges and make Day 20 your day to try the burpee.
Whatever you choose to do will be right for you.
Good luck and have fun!