Getting Back to It
If it's been a while, ease into a strength program that will allow you to slowly build strength while minimizing the soreness. Below are a some articles to help you learn the basics of strength training and some beginner workouts to get you started:
- Strength Training for Beginners
- Weight Training 101
- 30-Day Quick Start Exercise Guide
- How to Get In Shape With Exercise
- Beginner Ball Workout for Balance, Stability & Strength
- Total Body for Beginners
- Total Body for Beginners - Level 2
As a general rule, start with about 2 days of strength training a week (rest a day or two between workouts) and choose light-medium weights until you get used to the exercises.
Something a Little Different
If you've been exercising all winter, it may be time to shake things up and have a little fun. Below are some new and challenging workouts to try:
- Boot Camp Workout
- 30-Minute Outdoor Circuit
- Anti-Aging Circuit Workout for Women - Level 3
- Anti-Aging Circuit Workout for Men - Level 3
- Tabata Strength Workout
- 4-Week Advanced Exercise E-course
If you're planning to get out and do things you haven't done in a while like gardening, painting the house or other tasks, take some time to prepare your body with these specialty workouts:
- Strengthen & Stretch the Core - This is a favorite of mine for working the wore in a dynamic way with a little flexibility thrown in - two things you'll need for yard work.
- Ball Workout - This advanced ball workout is a great way to work on balance, strength and stability that can translate to almost any activity.
- Total Core - This is another good bet for strengthening the core muscles.
- Circuit Training Workouts - In my opinion, the absolute best way to get in shape is with circuit training. Combining both cardio and strength in the same workout gives you more bang for your buck and helps you burn more calories.
You can also find ideas for individual muscle groups in my article, Your Best Body.