Day #28: 3 Must Share Exercises for Newbies

If you want to see noticeable improvements to your overall body tone, but can’t afford a gym membership, here are 3 basic moves that will help and require nothing beyond your body weight.  Start out doing 3 reps of 10 per exercise and gradually challenging yourself by either a) increasing the reps or b) adding weight.

Squats.  This exercise is great because it works out most of your lower body with just one move.  This is a classic exercise where you stick out your butt and slowly lower yourself down with your legs parallel to the floor.

The most common version is the person at the gym with a barbell on his/her back, but there are tons of variations.   Someone just starting out will want to try this exercise without any weights just to get the form right.

Squats target the following muscle groups: erector spinae (back), gluteus maximus (butt), hamstrings (back of legs), and quadriceps (thighs.)


Push Ups.  Ah, the exercise that causes me the most fear and loathing (see here: Push Ups) but they are a great exercise to strengthen your core.

Start with your hands in front of you and balance on your toes.  Tighten your stomach and lower yourself down so your elbows are at a 90 degree angle.  Exhale and push up.

Push ups target the following muscle groups:  Pectoralis (chest), triceps (back of upper arm), and deltoids (shoulders).

Sit Ups.  There are tons of variations of this exercise, the most basic one starting on your back and slowly bringing yourself up into a sitting position while keeping your arms behind your head.  The exercise targets your abdominals, which in turn strengthens your spine (nice bonus.)  Plus, it’s cool to get a six pack.

Pass it on to any newbies just getting started with fitness.  Do you have any exercises to share with people just starting out?

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