There may come a point in your life where you say to yourself, “It’s time to get moving and start a workout plan.” This is easy to say but is often difficult to implement. Motivation is a tricky mistress and she can play games with your mind. Fret not though, because here are some exercise ideas for someone new to working out. 

Starting Low Key

When you finally muster up the gusto to get in motion, starting off with a low key exercise is a great way to ease yourself into it. One way to start is simply by walking. Making time in your day to get outside and walk with a purpose will help you burn some calories in a very low impact way. Plus, it gets you outdoors and feeling motivated. Just be sure to make a small investment in a proper pair of walking shoes. Tossing on an old pair of Converse is better than nothing, of course, but it’s not going to do your feet any favors. Remember, this is supposed to be a low key exercise that motivates you to want to do more. Having blisters after your first venture will really derail your progress in a hurry. 

Other great workouts with minimal impact include cycling and swimming. Either exercise helps get the heart rate up, so you can burn calories. Cycling is convenient as it can be done on a stationary unit or you can purchase a bike and explore the world around you on those wheels. Swimming, on the other hand, is a full-body workout that requires access to a pool. If you have one, by all means, get at it. Or if you don’t, see if your local gym or YMCA has one you can use. 

Making a Space at Home

If doing your workout outdoors makes you feel self-conscious, then opt for exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home. Of course, working at home will be way more pleasant if you don’t have to worry about dealing with unwanted pests or whatever debris they leave behind. Encounters with insects and rodents, their waste, etc. can be really hazardous for your health! You can find pest control experts online at sites like These professionals will come out and treat your home so you can be sure that, while you’re doing your workout, you’re doing it in a bug and rodent-free environment.  

Simple items such as adjustable weights, a yoga mat and resistance bands, are all that you need to do a wide variety of moves to shed weight and build muscle. The simple yoga mat allows you to comfortably exercise on wood or stone floors so you can do, planks, leg lifts and more. All you need is a little space in your home where you can roll it out for a few minutes to do your routine and then a place to tuck it away after you’re done. This simple item makes working out at home easy and affordable. 

Moving Up

You’ve walked the miles and done your in-home exercises in between dropping the kids off at school and your other errands. Fantastic! You’ve most likely heard of CrossFit, right? It’s a different approach to working up a sweat indeed but, with so many people doing it daily, it must be working. This CrossFit for beginners guide will help you with your new exercise journey. With a little research, you’ll be able to find a gym near you with classes you can join. This way, you can experience CrossFit in a group setting where other people just like you will help encourage you to do your best and stay motivated, even when you just want to lay down on the mat and take a nap. 

Keep at It

The one key ingredient in this whole thing is your motivation. Keeping it fun and changing things up from time to time will help make exercising interesting and help you stay invested. Starting a plan only to quit a week or two later isn’t going to do you any favors. Keep at it, so you can see the results the next time you look in the mirror!