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
- Total Body Timesaver Challenge
- New & Unique Strength Training
- 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 great for a strong core -- a necessity for gardening.
- Ball Workout. This advanced ball workout is a great way to work on balance, strength and stability.
- Total Core. This is another good bet for strengthening the core muscles.
- Circuit Workout. This total strength works all the muscle groups in less time for a fast, efficient workout.
You can also find ideas for individual muscle groups in my article, Your Best Body.