Ask the Trainer: Getting Started on a Workout Plan
Question: What are the best exercises to do if I’m just getting started with an exercise program?
Answer: The good thing about starting an exercise program is that anything works because you have been doing nothing. The fact that you get your body moving will “shock your body” into seeing some results. This doesn’t mean throwing around a ton of weight but it does mean putting your body in motion. It really depends on your goal. If you are trying to lose weight and you have been at a plateau for a long time, you need to burn more calories though exercise than you take in through food. It’s all about energy in versus energy out. Therefore, if you are planning on eating the same way and your weight has been the same for a long time I would recommend starting out with 20 – 30 minutes on a treadmill. If you do this consistently you will burn more calories then you take in and should start seeing the pounds come off.