Friday, November 19, 2021

4 Ways to Develop A Balanced Workout Plan For Beginners

 Everyone knows that they should be in better shape. But even though fitness is more accessible than ever, with YouTube videos, apps, and as much advice as you could ever need online, some still avoid it. Often, this is because of gym intimidation (or even gymtimidation, perhaps?) where they are too nervous to make the first step. Other times, it’s a lack of time or even a lack of motivation. So how can beginners develop a plan that works for them? Here are four tips to create something balanced and effective. 

Know Which Foods Are Beneficial

It isn’t just about what you do or how much you lift, but also what you eat. Knowing the best foods to consume will make it easier to build muscle or cut weight, depending on your fitness goals. It is a good idea to eat at a time that is beneficial for you, which is usually after the workout to encourage the muscle fibers to repair themselves and grow stronger. Eating after your workout also prevents discomfort when pushing yourself too hard, which will make your experience more enjoyable and productive. 

Focus On a Range of Muscle Groups 

You should remember to work out several muscle groups. Otherwise, you risk building muscle in one area, whether this is your back, arms, or legs. While this makes this part of your body look good, it can also make you look a little weird, as you don’t have consistency across your body. Exercises such as pull workouts can target numerous muscles at once, but you can’t do this every day. You need to give your muscles time to repair, so use alternate days to work on other muscle groups, as this allows you to target everything throughout the week. 

Do Enough and Do It Often

You also won’t see any results if you are not consistent. This means you must do enough every time you go to the gym and do it often so you do not give your muscles or your conditioning levels the chance to go back to normal. Even when you don’t feel up to a workout, it’s still important to do something, as this will motivate you and maintain a baseline of activity. 

Don’t Forget to Stretch 

Aches and pains are something that everyone encounters after their first, second, and even their fiftieth workout. You shouldn't exercise when sore, so make sure you know the benefits of cooling down after each session. Stretching prevents lactic acid buildup and minimizes the risk of post-workout aches. If you feel good enough the next day, you can focus on the next part of your routine without encountering any problems that could affect your workout and put you at risk of injury. 

Getting started is tough. There will be days when you are too sore or lack motivation. But, as long as you remember that everyone begins this way, you can find the drive and the discipline to improve your fitness. You don’t need to expect big things immediately, so take gradual but effective steps, and you’ll see a difference soon enough. 

Do you have any tips for a beginner's workout plan? Please share below!


  1. Consistency is certainly something I have problems with! I need to really make a plan and stick with it! - Sienna

  2. You share great tips! I`m not a beginner, but I need some guidance and motivation to start working out right now. Thank you for a great blog post.

  3. I really should start working out, Loved this article. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Stretching is so important but we can forget that it needs to be done!

  5. Stretching is important. I'm 51 and I feel like it's even more important than ever, at my age.

  6. Great tips! I workout daily and these are good tips for people to remember.

  7. Do enough and do it often....this resonates with me so much, these days. I took on walking these days and I am starting to see some serious changes! I love it.

  8. i myself just recently started going back to the gym. and yes, i totally agree with the body aches and pain! i know its just at the beginning. thanks for reminding me to stretch - this is what i usually forget to do.