Ready to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle, but not sure where to start? Perhaps the idea of piecing together a weekly workout plan seems daunting or intimidating. Not to worry! We’ve got a great, basic seven-day fitness plan that lays out everything for you—from strength-training to cardio and everything in between. Plus, it’s simple enough for any beginner, and you can always add to it or modify it as you become more attuned to your needs!
Days 1 & 5: Start and End Strong
For your first and last days of weekday fitness training, we recommend starting with strength work and skipping the cardio. Working on strength training first is a great way to ease into the week while still burning calories and building muscle. Consider investing in a quality set of dumbbells and/or resistance bands and you can even knock out your strength training at home (instead of venturing to the gym).
Days 2 & 4: Incorporate Cardio
As the week ramps up, so should your workouts; add a little cardio to your strength training routine on days two and four. If you have a membership to a gym, your cardio could include anything from hitting up the exercise bike or elliptical to walking or running on a treadmill. Of course, you don’t need a gym membership to get a great cardio workout; consider going for a walk or jog around your neighborhood, or playing your favorite sport.
Day 3: Work in a Rest Day
In the middle of the week, give yourself a break. This is especially important for muscle recovery, as your muscles need time to heal and rebuild after consecutive strength training days. On your rest day, still try to stay moderately active and, of course, stick to any diet/nutrition plan you may be following. Don’t confuse a rest day with a cheat day!
Weekend Days: Find Something Fun
On days six and seven of your fitness plan, we recommend finding something fun that keeps you active and gets your heart pumping for at least 30 minutes a day. This could mean trying out different group fitness classes, playing a favorite sport, or simply going for a bike ride. You can even experiment with something new each weekend.
There you have it: a simple yet effective seven-day workout plan that you can start right now. What are you waiting for? Give it a shot!