Cardio Workouts for Absolute Beginners

by Perfect Bella Team on September 07, 2018

Are you a complete exercise beginner who is ready to get started with cardio workouts? You can begin with two different workouts. Once you have built up your stamina, you can progress to the cardio endurance workout.

These workouts are for you if you match any one of these criteria:

  • You have never exercised.
  • It's been a long time since you've exercised and you're ready to get back on track.
  • You've been on a break due to an illness or injury and you need to start slow and easy. 
  • Your lifestyle is the very definition of sedentary.

No matter where you are or how long it's been, you can still get back to working out without hurting yourself, getting bored, or feeling miserable. The idea is to start with one small goal—consistency. More than anything, consistency is what you need to build that exercise habit and these workouts are designed to do just that. If you have any health conditions or you have not been active, consult your doctor before beginning an exercise program.

Tips for Cardio Workouts

Be sure to monitor your intensity. You can use a perceived exertion scale, target heart rate zones or the talk test. Modify the workouts according to your fitness level. Add more time or reduce the workout time as needed. If you can't talk, feel dizzy, or feel any sharp pains, stop your workout.

If you don't feel any better after a rest, call the doctor for a checkup.

The rate of perceived exertion (RPE) helps you track intensity on a scale of 1 to 10.  Choose a pace you can maintain the length of the workout. It doesn't matter how slow it might be, the idea is to finish the workout and stay close to your comfort zone.