Get a check up
Before you start a beginner’s workout, or any fitness program, you should book an appointment with your doctor for a health assessment. “A doctor will ensure that you don’t have any conditions that might predispose you to injury or harm,” explains Joy Keller, certified personal trainer at LA Fitness, San Diego. Once your doctor gives you the all-clear for fitness, you can start moving—and start experiencing all the many benefits of exercising.
Get assessed by a certified personal trainer
Everyone’s fitness level is different, so it is best to get assessed by a personal trainer before you begin a new exercise program (and most gyms offer a free assessment when you join). A professional will take you through a basic, total-body routine to determine your fitness level, and then help you find a group fitness class or activity that appeals to you. “Make sure you let the fitness professional know that you’re a beginner to exercise so they can best support you,” says Keller. “A good fitness professional will help you make the behavioral changes you’ll need in order to reach your goals.”