Bodyweight workouts are a great way to get in shape and improve your overall fitness. They are also a great way to lose weight or to maintain your current weight. There are many different types of bodyweight workouts that you can do, and you can tailor them to fit your own needs and abilities. You can also make them more or less challenging as you see fit.
Benefits of bodyweight workout:
One of the best things about bodyweight workouts is that they can be done anywhere, at any time. You don’t need any special equipment, and you don’t need to go to a gym. You can do them at home, in the park, or anywhere else that you have room to move around.
If you don’t have a lot of time to work out, bodyweight workouts are a good choice. Even if you only have 10 – 15 minutes available, you can usually fit in a quick workout that will provide some benefit.
Some people may be intimidated by the idea of doing bodyweight exercises at home without any equipment, but it doesn’t need to be intimidating. It is possible to arrange your environment so that you can perform all sorts of activities with nothing more than your own body as the tool for resistance.
It is not always the same for everyone, but in my case, it’s to become more capable of self-defence. There are also some aesthetic benefits that I would like to gain from bodyweight training, including improved strength and muscle tone.
Since my primary goal with this exercise program is to improve my ability to fight off an attacker on the street, I train in mixed martial arts (MMA) and MMA requires functional fitness which is a combination of speed, endurance, agility, flexibility, explosiveness, reaction time, etc. So basically everything.
People who are already experts at certain forms of ‘martial arts’ may only use these exercises occasionally as part of their warm up routine or perhaps even just once in a while if they have a particularly brutal fight coming up.
Other people may be training for sports that require similar skills, or they may just want to maintain their current level of fitness for everyday life. For these people, all-around fitness is more important than specialised ability in one particular skill such as punching or kicking (although having strong and agile hands and feet certainly doesn’t hurt).
Different types of bodyweight exercises:
There are many different types of bodyweight exercises you can do to train the entire body, including pushups, chin-ups/pull-ups, crunches/sit-ups, planks and bridges, lunges and squats, etc. Most of them require no equipment (except possibly a Swiss ball) and none of them need any space, it’s possible to get a full workout in the smallest room.
Bodyweight training is also a low-impact form of exercise, which means that there is very little risk of injury when compared to sports such as running or football. Many people find that they quickly get bored when doing repetitive exercises with weights or machines, but this isn’t likely to be a problem with bodyweight workouts since every movement and every workout session will be different.
Each bodyweight exercise targets many different muscles at once, meaning that an entire ‘workout’ can take place in just 10 – 15 minutes. This may sound too good to be true, but I’m living proof that it’s not! Although you should always let your doctor know if you want to start exercising after a long period of inactivity.
In conclusion, bodyweight exercises are a great way to build functional strength and fitness for daily life. You won’t look like a bodybuilder or be able to lift like one (although there are some exceptions), but you will be much better off than someone who doesn’t exercise at all. If you want to improve your health, then the benefits of bodyweight workouts cannot be overstated.