10 Exercises for Beginners [VIDEO]

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We all know that exercise is necessary for optimal health, but it is incredibly hard to find the time and motivation to actually work out. Plus, the fitness world can be extremely intimidating for an outsider with little or no experience. Lucky for you, we've rounded up ten exercises for new fitness fanatics. Grab your water bottle and sweatband — it's going to get sweaty! Skinny Mom CEO and founder Brooke Griffin will show you each move all the way through.

Do each exercise as many times as instructed, then rest for a minute or two before repeating the circuit another time. To build up muscle, do this workout two or three times per week. As you increase your fitness level, check out our other workouts and video page for a good variation.

Wall Pushup: Saddle up to the nearest wall and get in pushup form. For this exercise, you'll do five reps. Click here to see how to do wall pushups.

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Inner & Outer Thigh Kicks: As you can tell from the name of this move, you'll be working your inner and outer thighs. Grab a chair and do 5 on each leg for 10 reps total! Want to amp up the move a little bit? Try it with a resistance band!

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Step Jacks: Step jacks are a lower impact version of jumping jacks, perfect for beginners. Do 20 step jacks to get your heart rate up. Click here to see how to do step jacks.

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Weighted Standing Side Crunch: If you're truly a beginner, don't even worry about the weights. You can modify this move to do it without them! Do five on each side for a total of 10 reps. Here are more instructions.

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Weighted Arm Circles: Arm circles are a great way to build endurance and stamina in your arms, and the weights give you an added challenge. Do 10 arm circles. Here's how to do it.

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Bicep Curls: Bicep curls help build muscle in your biceps for when you're ready to move on to more challenging exercises! Do 10 reps. Here's how to do them.

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March in Place: Marching in place is a great way to keep your heart rate up! March in place for 20 seconds. Click here for more info.

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Modified Plank: Planks are tough exercises for fitness veterans, let alone beginners! Try the modified version for an easier time and for 20 seconds. Here's how to do it.

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Bridge Lifts: Work your glutes with this awesome move! Do 10 bridge lifts, and click here to learn how to do them.

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Crunches: Crunches are the basis for many complex moves, so they're a great tool to put under your belt as a beginner. Do five crunches and you're done! Check it out here.

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Don't forget to cool down after you're finished with your workout to prevent excessive soreness and muscle injury. Click here to get the skinny on stretching. Chances are you'll get a little hungry after doing all these workouts, so check out the best snacks to eat that won't undo your workout.

Want more workouts? Check out our fitness index!