We all know that we need to get regular exercise. What many men and women don’t realize is that it’s possible to get a great workout without any equipment.
You don’t need to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on gym memberships or fancy machines.
You can design your workout program on bodyweight exercises.
This article shows you 7 benefits of bodyweight exercises that you can start enjoying today.
Let’s dive right in with the first benefit …
1. Lose Fat and Build Muscle
Bodyweight exercises are easily done as part of an HIIT routine.
HIIT stimulates your body to produce more growth hormone and testosterone. This helps you lose body fat.
But there can be a downside to weight loss … losing muscle mass and strength.
HIIT avoids this pitfall. With HIIT you’re actively using your muscles. So they have no choice but to become stronger.
You’ll lose body fat and gain muscle tone.
2. Whole Body Exercise
Bodyweight exercises involve your whole body.
Take, for example, jumping jacks or mountain climbers. The major muscles in your legs are active.
But that’s not all.
Also, many smaller muscles are actively supporting the major muscle groups and helping you maintain your balance.
This is not necessarily true when you use a weight machine.
3. Time Saver
There are several ways that bodyweight exercises save you time.
First, you’re not using any equipment. You don’t have wait your turn to get on the treadmill or the weight machine.
Second, you can quickly move from one exercise to another. You don’t have to change the weights on the bar before you can start a different exercise.
In addition, your workouts are shorter. Expecially when you combine bodyweight exercises with HIIT, you can see significant fitness gains with short 10 or 12 minute long workouts.
This does mean everyone’s favorite excuse, “I don’t have time to workout”, won’t cut it any more.
4. Save Money
How much does a gym membership cost? Many men and women spend $50 a month or more.
That’s over $600 each year!
And, let’s face it, not every gym is an inviting place.
Since bodyweight exercises need no equipment, you don’t have to spend any money on gym fees.
All you need is good pair of shoes and a padded, non-skid surface.
If you’re working out in your basement on a concrete floor, then you’ll want to use an inexpensive exercise pad.
When you do your bodyweight workout outdoors you won’t even need a pad.
5. Fun Fitness
You don’t have to do your bodyweight exercises indoors.
If you prefer to be outdoors, then you can visit your local park for your workouts.
But more than location, you’ll find that there’s no end to the variations you can have in your workouts.
There are literally dozens of bodyweight exercises you can do.
It won’t be like using an exercise bike and doing nothing but pedaling for 45 minutes.
It’s also easy to do bodyweight workouts with a friend. Of course, there’s no competition for equipment. So both of you can do the same exercises at the same time.
Also, one of the best ways to get and stay consistent it to commit to working out with your friend.
On those days when you don’t feel so motivated to workout, you won’t want to let your friend down.
6. Improve Your Core
When personal trainers talk about your “core” they mean your abs, obliques, and the lower back.
The muscles of your core allow you to stand erect.
These muscles are key to how good you look and how easily you move and function with many daily tasks.
If you’ve ever experienced back pain, then you know how important your core is.
It’s been estimated that 99% of bodyweight exercises involve your core.
As you work your core muscles they become stronger and more flexible. You’ll look and feel better.
7. Lower Your Chance of Injury
Bodyweight exercises are easily modified to your fitness level.
For example, there are at least 9 variations of plank exercises you can do. Since each one is slightly different, it’s easy for you to find the variation that is the right challenge for you.
And, you’ll be able to progress at your own pace.
Because you’re doing bodyweight routines, you’ll never be tempted to put too much weight on the bar.
Also, as you progress in your workouts, you’ll become more flexible and have better balance. Your flexibility and balance will help you avoid injury.
How to Claim The Benefits of Bodyweight Exercises
I’m sure your interested in getting these 7 benefits of bodyweight exercises.
There are many ways you can include bodyweight exercises in your workout routines.
What I prefer is to use videos made by fitness professionals.
One of the fitness professionals I have been following for years is Craig Ballantyne.
Craig has developed several workout programs that have helped many men and women get into shape.
In particular, his Home Workout Revolution and Skinny in Six programs are designed to help you use bodyweight exercises to gradually regain your fitness.
If you think fitness is “complicated” or “hard to figure out” you really need to watch Craig’s video now.
You’ll discover one of the “most important things” about how you can trigger your body to start shedding pounds and gaining toned muscle.