If you are an exercise newbie and hate to work out or can barely squeeze out time out of your schedule but want to get into the healthy habit of exercising, this article is for you. Why? Because you are going to learn how to exercise without breaking the bank in the name of keeping fit. Believe it or not, taking that first step toward a healthier you can be easier than you think.

When you are new to the fitness lifestyle or out of shape and trying to get back in, starting a new fitness routine can be hard. You might feel embarrassed by your body, or perhaps you don’t even know where to begin but don’t let your lack of experience or know-how prevent from adopting a healthier lifestyle. Starting a fitness routine will not only increase your life expectancy and ability to tackle day-to-day activities with ease, but it will also improve your overall quality of life and leave you feeling confident and happy.

On that note, we have compiled this list of quick and easy to do exercises for absolute beginners. Not only are these moves simple enough to perform in the comfort and privacy of your own living room, but they also do not require any sort of equipment, can easily be modified to meet any fitness level.

These easy exercises will help you to:

  • Boost self-confidence
  • Establish a healthy daily routine
  • Develop strong, tight muscles
  • Improve your sleep
  • Decrease your stress level
  • Burn more calories and lose weight

And all the types of equipment you need are comfortable clothes (or fitness briefs), a mat, and music! So if your goal is to lose weight and get healthy, grab your comfy clothes and get started with any of the exercises illustrated below:

1. Variegated plank

The plank pose is a personal trainer favourite because it is simple enough to perform anywhere, and it works your body’s entire core. It also can help to elongate the spine, strengthen the arms and wrists, and increase balance. Try out a variety of styles of the pose for 15 seconds, and then release. Repeat 2 times.

2. Leg raise/Knee lifts

Leg lifts are easy for anyone to perform and target the hips, waist and outer thighs. Repeat 10-15 times on each side.

3. Combination squats

The modified versions of traditional squat targets the muscles of the lower body, including the thighs, hips, and butt. It is also effective at building core strength and strengthening the bones, ligaments, and tendons of the lower body. Repeat 10-15 times.

4. Modified sit-ups

Unlike the traditional sit-ups that only focus on the abdominals from one direction, modified push-ups take a 360 approach to tightening abdominal muscles and burning abdominal fat, giving you results faster. Repeat 10 – 15 times

5. Modified pushups

Like traditional push-ups, modified push-ups target the arms, chest, shoulders, and core but also extend to surrounding muscles. Repeat 10-15 times.

Finally, don’t forget to stretch!

After every workout session, it is important that you stretch out your tightened muscles. This will enable the tensions built up while exercising to ease up and allow your muscles to recover quickly.