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Fresh Start to Fitness: Low-Impact Home Workout for Beginners

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Fresh Start 2 Fitness - Low-Impact Home Workout for Beginners

Jeffrey Beck, exercise specialist with the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray, will be demonstrating a beginner low impact home workout circuit for people who aren't accustomed to exercise.

The coming of a new year is often the catalyst for people resolving to make positive changes in their lives by setting new goals, said Beck.

The following circuit routine is designed to help people unaccustomed to exercise get started off on the right foot with regard to improving their health because taking baby steps is the key to consistency and improvement, he adds.

Beck recommends that you do each exercise for 30 seconds continuously, resting 30 seconds between each exercise. Start by completing the circuit once a day, then as you get used to the motions and start feeling stronger, complete it twice a day and so on. The end goal should be completing the circuit four times per day.

Side Jacks: Stand with your feet together, arms at your sides. Step your right leg out to the side while bringing both arms up over your head. Return to starting position and repeat the motion on the other side. Do this continuously until time has expired.

High Knee Twists With Kick: Place your arms straight out to your sides, feet shoulder width apart. Raise your left knee up as high as you can while simultaneously twisting your upper body to the left and bringing your right hand down to the outside of your left thigh. Return to starting position and do the same thing on your right side. Return to starting position. Now instead of twisting your upper body to either side, simply perform a front kick with your left leg. Then resume the twisting motion with high knees twice and then kick with your right leg. Continue this sequence until time has expired.

Side Step Toe Touch: Stand with your feet together, arms at your sides. Step your right leg out to the side while bringing your left hand down and across your body to touch your right foot. Return to starting position and repeat on the other side. To make this more intense, you can add a lunge to the side step. Do this continuously until time has expired.

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