Deciding on a Fitness Program: Bodyweight

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If you want to start a new exercise regimen or make some changes to the one you are currently doing (or not doing), it’s good to explore other options. Perhaps there’s something else out there that might inspire you or spice up your routine enough that you are more consistently doing it.

There are a number of different fitness programs, from those you do at the gym, to in the open air, to at-home workouts. Each varies in intensity, type, and benefits.

If you are interested in something you can do at home without equipment, bodyweight might be for you. Here are some of the top benefits of doing bodyweight exercises.

You Can Do It Anywhere

This is a top benefit of bodyweight exercises. You don’t have to leave home or find a gym. There’s no equipment to purchase or find a place for, plus it costs nothing. Bodyweight exercises rely only on your own weight and the intensity you bring to each move. You can do them at home, in the office, at a park or the beach, or anywhere. While traveling, they’re easy to do in your hotel room or on your balcony, without having to look for a gym or go for a run.

It Works Out Your Entire Body

Another reason to start incorporating bodyweight exercises into your fitness routine is that you can work on your entire body. Most bodyweight moves will target one specific area but also benefit others as well. For example, elbow planks are often done for your core and abdominal muscles, but your arms, shoulders, and even your leg muscles also get a fantastic workout. Moves like jumping jacks, wall sits, burpees, and mountain climbers are similar; multiple muscle groups are getting benefits at the same time.

There Is Cardio and Strength Training

Many people believe bodyweight is just for strength training, but a lot of moves also provide high-intensity cardio. If you don’t like boring cardio workouts, do jumping and high-intensity bodyweight moves instead! These moves require lifting your body from the ground and doing jumps. There are many different types of jumps besides jumping jacks. Plank jacks, punches, and skaters are other moves that can provide an excellent cardio workout.

Bodyweight Is Perfect for Lean Muscles

Since you aren’t adding any weights with these moves, you’re working on long, lean muscles. Bulking up is unlikely, although you’ll be able to lose weight and tone your body. You can still lift weights, but incorporating more bodyweight moves really focuses on those long muscles.

Sounds interesting, huh?  Remember, you should always consult with your physician or other health care professional before starting any exercise program to establish if the program is right for you.

I’ll be publishing other articles about other types of workout regimens. We all should be able to find something that works for us!

Have a lovely weekend!

Loving Life –The Reboot!

Dominique

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