The gym can be an intimidating place for beginners. Build your muscle and confidence by starting this easy workout routine in the comfort of your own home. You won’t need any special equipment for these exercises, and they can be done just about anywhere (even while traveling)! For the majority of these exercises, you will be using your bodyweight to create resistance to engage your muscles. Dumbbells and kettlebells are great to have on hand for home workouts because due to their versatility and compact size. However, if you don’t have access to free weights, you can get creative and use things like a gallon jug of milk.
Strength training exercises are a great way to improve cardiovascular health, strengthen bones, and boost your metabolism. The following set of exercises can be used as a complete workout, or you can incorporate any of these moves into your existing routine. For a complete workout, try for three sets of 12 reps of each exercise. If needed, you can take a one minute rest between each set. If you decide to add weights to any of these exercises, be sure to use as much weight as possible while still maintaining proper form through all of the reps. It is normal to struggle on the last couple of reps as long as you are maintaining your form. Individuals should always check with their doctor before beginning a new exercise program.