If you feel like 2020 is the year where you can get back into shape, then working out at the gym might seem like a good idea. Then you see how much it will cost you each month for a membership, meet some of the judgmental people, and the experience makes you feel like you wasted your money.

Not every gym is like that, of course. Many of them are amazing places that provide an encouraging atmosphere. If you don’t feel that way or your preference is to exercise at home, then these workouts can help you to meet your health and wellness goals for the year.

Best Beginner’s Exercises to Start Today

If you haven’t been exercising in a while, then don’t push your body too far beyond its limitations. You’ll feel miserable the next day, and it might stop you from pursuing your goals. Try using these workout ideas instead to get started.

1. Press-ups

This exercise is like your standard push-up. Place your hands about shoulder-width apart while keeping your back flat. Your head to your heels should form a straight line. Then lower your body until your chest is about an inch from the ground before extending your arms up until they are straight. Repeat as many times as you can.

2. Dumbbell Squats

Hold a dumbbell in each hand. It should feel heavy, but not overwhelming. Then position your legs so that they are a shoulder-width apart. Sit back into your squat until the weights are about one inch from the floor. Keep your knees over your toes and chest out to prevent arching your back – and remember to breathe!

3. Farmer’s Walk

If your knees aren’t ready for the squats just yet, then walk around with a heavy dumbbell in each hand. Stand up tall, keeping your shoulders back. Then walk with short steps as quickly as you can. When walking around seems like it is too easy, then start going up the stairs with the weights in the same position. 

4. Lateral Raises

Stand still holding a light dumbbell in each hand. Then slowly lift them out to the side until you reach shoulder height. Don’t go any higher than that, or you’ll risk hurting yourself. You might also need to resist the urge to cheat by swinging the weights into position. Then lower the weights back to your sides. Fighting gravity will help you to build more stamina than letting it do all of the work for you.

5. Plank

Get into the press-up position, but then rest on your forearms instead of putting your weight on your hands. Keep your back straight as you tense your abdominal muscles. Your goal is to hold the position for as long as possible without allowing sagging at the hips. This workout will exercise your core without putting as much pressure on your spine.

Before you start a new workout routine, it may be advisable to speak with a doctor about your intentions. Then make sure that you give yourself time every day to go through your routine.