Using Bodyweight Exercises To Your Advantage
Bodyweight exercises can help increase muscle tone and strength, improve joint function, and increase your overall health and fitness. No equipment? No problem! One of the biggest misconceptions about exercising is that you need fancy equipment or a pricey gym membership -- all you need is a little space and motivation! The biggest advantage to bodyweight exercises is convenience. In today's world, we’re all so busy that it’s easy to lower your priorities on fitness. Typically, people want results quickly without having to sacrifice too much time to get them. With bodyweight exercises, there’s no longer an excuse to be a couch potato. In fact, you can march your butt right over to that comfy couch and use it as a piece of equipment!
Easy + Convenient
Who knew that fitness could be so easy? You can kick off your new, healthy lifestyle right from your own living room! With in-home bodyweight exercises, the benefits are endless, easy, and convenient. Of course, there are certainly benefits to use dedicated machines or getting personal instruction, but who can beat using your couch for split squats and then crashing on it right afterwards? To help with your transition to these everyday exercises, here are some of CoachUp’s favorite bodyweight workouts to incorporate into your in-home training session:
- Jumping Jacks -- 30 reps
- Squats -- 10 reps (Try split squats for an added challenge!)
- Lunges --20 reps, alternating legs
- Mountain climbers -- 20 reps
- Bridges --30 seconds, rest + repeat x3
- Planks -- middle, right, and left, 1 – 30 seconds, rest + repeat (Once this becomes easy, increase to your length, keep challenging yourself!)
- Dips --10 reps
- Push-ups --10 reps
Beginners should do three sets of this total bodyweight workout, which basically means progressing from jumping jacks all the way through to push-ups, and then starting over again. It won’t be easy at first, but that’s expected -- over time, your body will get used to the workouts and, eventually, excel at them. Bodyweight exercises are a great way to get a total body workout because they involve many different muscle groups. Additionally, you can always add dumbbells or ankle weights for an added challenge! These workouts are also a great way to improve your core strength, leading to better posture and greater athletic performance.
(Related: Read about the importance of stretching after a workout here.)
In-home bodyweight workouts are a great way to add some fitness into your day, even if outdoor conditions are poor or you don’t have access to equipment. It doesn’t require earth-shattering effort or energy, especially after a long day at work. When you spend eight hours at work, then are forced to choose between rest or working out, the choice is often an easy one. But with these exercises, it doesn’t have to be a black or white opportunity.
Here at CoachUp, we believe that self-motivation and personally choosing to live a fit and healthy lifestyle will help you grow in all aspects of your life. By making fitness a part of your daily routine, it will soon become second nature. Who knows, maybe after doing these in-home workouts, you might even become motivated to pursue even more challenging athletic activities. No matter how fit or busy you are, there’s always room and time for improvement when it comes to your health.