Exercising can be intimidating for beginners. You walk into a gym and it’s often overwhelming trying to figure out where to start. There are machines everywhere and people who seem to know what they're doing. But remember, every expert was once a beginner--we all have to start somewhere!
Here are five exercises that have been modified to work for beginners:
1) Modified Burpee
I'm sure many of you have seen someone do a burpee and thought there was no way you'd ever be doing one of those! But the video below shows a really simple way to modify a regular burpee into something beginners can do. This is an excellent cardio exercise that is a great addition to any workout routine.
2) Inverted Row
Inverted rows are a really good way to incorporate a pulling exercise while also using your entire body. Many people have trouble with their posture and one of the main reasons for this is having a weak back. This exercise does a really good job of strengthening the back while in turn correcting bad posture.
3) Incline Push-ups
Push-ups are a core fundamental exercise that everyone should know how to do. But this doesn't mean you have to be able to do them the traditional way to begin with! The more of an incline you're at, the more weight that is placed on your lower body and less on your upper body, making the exercise easier. A push up can also be done on the wall to make it even easier.
Plain and simple--dips are hard. It takes a great deal of strength from the chest and triceps that most people just don't have. In order to strengthen these areas and work up to a regular dip, try this modified version.
5) Single Leg Drop
Don't worry, I haven’t forgotten about your core. No one core exercise is created equal. They range in difficulty and have many different benefits. The lower part of your core can be especially hard to work. The exercise below is a modification of a more advanced exercise, the leg raise, and is a great start to getting those abs you're working for.
If you see an exercise that appears difficult, don’t simply say "I can’t do that" and never attempt it, find out how it can be modified so that you CAN do it. Beginning an exercise regimen can sometimes feel like an impossible task, but it can be done with a little research and a lot of hard work.
You must simply start from where you are to get where you want to be.