A quality gym is one of the best investments you can make. Regular exercise will keep you happy, healthy, and fit. But sometimes we may not have access to a gym. You might be traveling or facing financial constraints. The good news is, by making use of your own body weight, you are able to replicate a lot of the benefits of a gym right in your own home.
The basic principle is pretty simple – you find ways to create resistance for your muscles through the weight of your body. Here’s a sample workout you can start with. As always, you should check with a doctor before initiating an exercise routine.
Pushups – We can use pushups to work our arms and chest. Find out how many you can comfortably do. Then do that number every other day. Each week, add one more pushup to your routine. Within a year, you’ll be doing over 50 pushups a day, and will see a dramatic transformation of your upper body.
Squats – Squats are an amazing exercise. They work your upper legs and buttand are quick and easy to do. Find out how many you can comforably do and then do them every other day on the opposite day of your pushups. Add one more to your routine once a week to make sure you keep challenging your body.
Planking – This exercise transforms your core. Plank on your squats day. See how long you can comfortably plank, and then add 5 seconds per week.
For each of these exercises, remember that form really matters. Check out some videos of each exercise on Youtube to make certain you are doing them correctly.
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To your daily growth!