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Six 30-Day Quick-Start Workout Routines

Pick the Program that Appeals to You

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Updated June 18, 2014

Six 30-Day Quick-Start Workout Routines
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Whether you're trying to keep a New Year's Resolution or just need help finding a workout routine that’s right for you, these 30-day quick-start exercise guides give you what you need. Choose from six different fitness plans, each one geared toward a different type of exerciser and all packed with action-oriented workouts to help you meet your goals.

Take a look at each of the workout routines below. Then get started with the one that’s right for you, and begin seeing results in a month's time.

1. General Fitness Quick-Start Guide

This guide is for people who want to include a little bit of all the fitness elements -- cardio, weight training and stretching -- into their workouts. This plan works best if you have some home workout equipment, such as hand weights and a yoga mat.
More: Routines for your first day, your first week and your first month.

2. Running Quick-Start Guide

For this quick-start guide, all you need is a good pair of running shoes and a place to run. And don't worry if you can't run that much right now -- the workouts here utilize the "run/walk" method, a type of exercise that's known to be beneficial for new runners. In 30 days, you'll be able to run continuously for 20 minutes.
More: Your first day, your first week and your first month.

3. Yoga Quick-Start Guide

Yoga, because it focuses on breathing and slower movements, appeals to people who want to add an element of stress reduction to their workout. This quick-start guide will teach you the basics of yoga principles and sequences. By the time day 30 rolls around you'll be well on your way to developing a strong daily home practice. Get yourself a mat and find a quiet space, and you’re ready to begin.
More: Your first day, your first week and your first month.

4. Pilates Quick-Start Guide

Pilates helps you develop long, lean muscles and improve core strength. For home workouts, you can get started with just a few key (and cheap!) pieces of equipment. Similar in some ways to yoga, Pilates also focuses on mindfulness concepts like concentration and control.

5. Walking Quick-Start Guide

Similar to our running guide, this walking program appeals to people who want to keep things simple and stick to walking as their primary form of exercise. All you need is a good pair of walking shoes and a treadmill or place to walk. By the time your first month is up you'll be walking most days of the week at a brisk pace.

6. Weight Training Quick-Start Guide

Have a gym memberships but aren't quite sure how to get started? Or maybe you find those weight training machines intimidating. This guide helps you get over those hurdles and will tell you how and when to increase weight to improve your performance. By the end of the month, you won't walk into a gym and feel like cowering -- you'll feel empowered.

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