Bodyweight Workouts: No excuses
Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Zac Tunstall of Hood Workout, a site with videos on how to perform bodyweight exercises in the comfort of your own surroundings.
All of us have body weight (many of us have more body weight than we want). This body weight is a perfect tool you can use to aid you in your workouts. I have heard more excuses than I would like to share from various people about why they do not exercise. There is no excuse. There are hundreds of exercises that you can do right now while reading this blog.
Pushups are a great place to start. If you cannot do a normal pushup begin by doing pushups from your knees. If you cannot do many reps of pushups, practice by doing them on your knees to improve endurance. Go ahead try to do a few now. Once you feel comfortable with pushups try doing advanced routine, triangle pushups, wide stance, clapping during the pushup, double clapping, one arm, handstand pushups, etc… There is a never ending supply of upper body workouts built into you.
Squats are a great lower body workout. Starting out, you can just do reps of your own body weight. Why not stand up and try to knock out 10-20 squats now? While you are standing go ahead and do a few calf raises to make yourself feel better and look better. If you generally squat 500 #’s try doing one legged squats with just your body weight, concentrate on your balance.
Why not combine the two exercises and do some burpees? To do a burpee, start in a pushup position, do the pushup, then quickly jump feet forward to a squatting position. From that position jump up (bring your knees into your chest and stretch your arms into the air). Drop back down into a squat, than jump your feet back and fall into the pushup position to start again.
Here are a few other suggestions of things you can do “right now” from your office or home. Tricep presses from your chair, arm circles, crunches, air bikes, situps, jack knifes, isometrics, aerobics, run, walk, jumping jacks, and many more… You can walk to a local park and do some pull-ups, dips, and other various bodyweight exercises.
You can do bodyweight workouts anywhere anytime. They take up very little space and can give a solid workout. They are used in the hood, street, prisons, and even in the corporate world. Gyms are great, the one thing they are not, is an excuse. After you have your doctors’ approval to begin working out or are deemed fit enough to start, there really is no reason why you are not working out. There really is no excuse to not begin working out and to continue your routine at all times.