Each of the recommended routines focuses on strength training. The rationale for this is simple: building muscle through strength training helps to boost your metabolism and burn fat. While you will want to eventually incorporate cardio into your workout, start by getting the basics correct. By seeing and feeling the results early on, you will be more likely to keep with the program over the long term.
In this beginner's workout plan, you will focus on the large muscles that provide you with stability and core strength. You won’t need any special equipment. You can do the exercises together in one workout session or split them up throughout the day.
Aim to perform two to three sets involving 10 to 12 repetitions (reps) of each exercise. If you can only do four or six to start, that's okay. The aim is to perform an exercise so that you are slightly shaky by the final rep. Every week thereafter, aim to increase the reps until you are finally able to do three sets of 12.
Beginner's Home Workout
Here are the four exercises to launch your home workout program: