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5 Top Exercises to Jump Start Your Workout Routine

If you are trying to get your workout routine figured out, but are not quite sure where to start you are part of a very large group. Here are a few exercises that are found in almost all workout routines, where you own a gym, have a home gym or are just getting started.

1. Jumping Jacks – This is an excellent way to kick start your workout routine. It will get the blood flowing and get you warmed up for the rest of your workout.

2. Walking / Running  – This can either be done on a treadmill or outdoors. If walking outdoors, be sure and walk at a brisk pace and not get caught up in the scenery. If you are just starting to get back in shape, start out with walking only. As you build your endurance and stamina, begin rotating walking and jogging. Start out walking, jog until you start to lose stamina, walk again to regain stamina. Rinse and repeat until you have went your desired distance. It is totally up to the individual, but many people will eventually eliminate the walking portion and jog / run the entire distance.

3. Pushups – Perhaps one of the oldest exercises, but still one of the best in my opinion. Pushups will help you to build arm, shoulder and chest muscles. Much like the walking / running exercise above, this exercise can be done in progression. If you find yourself struggling trying to do a pushup, simply do them on your knees instead of your legs straight. As you build endurance and muscles, start doing them with your legs straight.

4. Steps / Stairs – If you are fortunate to own a stepping machine, by all means use it for this exercise. If not, you can do this any place you have a step up. If you do not have stairs in your home, you can either try and find a place a step up exists or you can purchase a stepping block for a little of nothing.

5. Squats – One of the best exercises for your legs and gluts, but this exercise must be done properly to avoid injury. This is especially true if you are using weights while doing them. The proper way to perform this exercise is to stand with your feet shoulder width apart and squat until your legs are parallel with the floor and back up. Again, you can do this in progression by starting with no weight and as they become easy for you start adding weight.

While there are many other exercises that can be added to this list, the above are the most common found in workout routines. The main thing is to get a routine that fits you at your current level and stick with it. Once you get to a point where you can complete these five exercise with ease, start incorporating other ones to make it more challenging.

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