Where There’s a Will, There’s A Way!
Life is busy and sometimes you just don’t have the time to hit the gym, or maybe you can’t stand enclosed quarters with a bunch of sweaty bodies. No worries, because you don’t have to hit the gym to keep your body lean and strong. In fact, you don’t even need any equipment to get into the best shape of your life.
For a bonus, when you workout at home with no equipment, you don’t have to worry about the cost that goes hand in hand with a gym membership.
Resistance training is all about using your own bodyweight to challenge your muscles. That said, with all the knowledge at your fingertips today, there’s really no excuse for missing your fitness goals.
You can always do sit-ups, full body-weight squats, lunges, pushups and pull-ups, however, that can get boring pretty fast.
Note: The number one reason people give up on working out is due to sheer boredom. Here are a few pointers to challenge your mind and body to get yourself into amazing shape minus the boredom.
Pointer #1 – Count It Down From Ten
Routine is a killer when it comes to losing weight and getting strong. It’s so easy to get stuck using the same weight and doing the same number of reps of an exercise every time. Break the habit by making it routine to count down from ten with your pushups or whatever resistance exercises you are doing.
You do a set of ten, then nine, then eight, and so on until you hit the number one. Your muscle will get fatigued, leaving you just enough time to recover before the next set is on deck.
Pointer #2 – Don’t Be Afraid To Workout Like An Animal
When you make your exercise routine fun, you increase the likelihood you’re going to stick with it. Try doing the crab walk, bear crawl, skipping, and any other movement you used to do as a kid. Challenge yourself to keep it exciting!
Pointer #3 – Try Playing Cards
Pick a body-weight exercise and use a deck of cards to determine the number of reps you are going to complete. Each set can represent a different exercise, and the value of the card dictates how many you are going to do.
Pointer #4 – Tackle Drop Sets
This is when you slightly change your exercise form position to make it harder. For example, do wide grip pushups until you hit muscle failure. Right away you need to bring your hands in closer together and perform as many more pushups as you can.
Pointer #5 – Burpees Are Awesome
There are going to be times where you might not be able to do chin-ups or pull-ups. This is when burpees come into play. An exercise that helps challenge your cardio capacity simultaneously while building lean muscle. Push yourself to do as many burpees as possible. Give yourself a ten-second rest, and do it again. Rinse and repeat until you can’t fathom doing another one.
Use these pointers to get an amazing workout at home without using any equipment, or worry about gym fees.
Best of luck!