What would you say if I told you I had the perfect tool that will allow you to get in an excellent, weight-bearing workout no matter where you go? And what if I told you this tool is absolutely free?
Does such a tool exist? Absolutely…and it happens to be your own body weight.
Before you roll your eyes and close this browser window, hear me out. Using one’s body weight for exercise has been extensively and repeatedly studied, and research indicates bodyweight training can build strength, increase flexibility, and protect your body from injury.
Let’s look at 4 ways bodyweight training can benefit you on your wellness journey.
What is a bodyweight workout?
Bodyweight exercises use the weight of your body to provide the resistance during your workout, and no additional equipment is needed.
A few examples of bodyweight exercises include:
Benefits of a Bodyweight Workout
According to the Mayo Clinic, bodyweight workouts are as effective as strength training with free weights or machines.
Bodyweight exercises that combine plyometrics, or jump training, are particularly effective if you’re looking to build muscle while torching calories. Squat jumps and burpees are great examples of plyometric movements that strengthen muscles in multiple areas of the body.
With bodyweight training, there’s no investment in weights, equipment, or gym memberships. Bodyweight training can take place wherever you are, and exercises can be modified to decrease or increase intensity as needed.
If you are just starting out on your bodyweight training journey, we recommend working out with a fitness expert or trainer initially to ensure you’re using proper form before working out on your own.
It’s Perfect for Building Core Strength
The word “core” has become synonymous with “abs”, but the truth is your core is made up of much more than the abdominal muscles.
Core muscles work together to stabilize and support your body as you go through everyday activities. These are the muscles in and around the torso and include your pelvic floor and mid to lower back in addition to abdominal muscles.
Training these muscles improves posture and balance while helping us perform daily activities like sitting, reaching, and bending. Bodyweight exercises like mountain climbers, planks, and burpees can markedly improve core strength.
It’s an Easy Addition to Established Workouts
Let’s be clear—we are not advocating that you sell your gym equipment or give up your membership and commit to a “bodyweight only” workout lifestyle. There’s no reason to give up one for the other.
What we are saying is that bodyweight training is a unique way of working out that makes a great addition to your current routine.
Let go of the idea that the only good workouts are those that take place in a gym. Bodyweight training is a safe and effective way to enjoy a great workout that will lead to visible results and improved wellness. Give it a try and let us know what you think!