How to start a workout program – Gym Basics

Do you know how to workout? Did your high school physical education teacher show you how to exercise in a gym? When was your last workout or gym class?

The modern gym does not teach you how to exercise. Ideally, you should be equipped with a beginner workout and basic exercises before setting foot in a large confusing gym!

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Beginner workout guide: CDC guidelines for exercise beginners!

Indian woman in gym - CDC textThe CDC has a few tips for those starting a workout program or exercise routine. These are listed below.

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What Is Physical Activity?

“Physical activity is any body movement that works your muscles and requires more energy than resting. Walking, running, dancing, swimming, yoga, and gardening are a few examples of physical activity. According to the Department of Health and Human Services’“2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans,”external link icon physical activity generally refers to movement that enhances health. Exercise is a type of physical activity that’s planned and structured. Lifting weights, taking an aerobics class, and playing on a sports team are examples of exercise. Physical activity is good for many parts of your body.” – Source,

Physical Activity Guidelines


If you are a healthy pregnant or postpartum woman, physical activity is good for your overall health. See our section on Healthy Pregnant or Postpartum Women.*The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans do not include guidelines for children younger than 6 years old.