There’s a lot to be said for going to the gym.
Resistance training provides the opportunity to build lean muscle tissue which in turn helps you maintain a higher metabolism thereby burning more fat throughout the day.
And, being surrounded by like-minded individuals and trainers can be a terrific motivation.
But do you really need to spend all that money on a gym membership?
My personal experience has been that I join-up to a gym, committed for one year, bubbling with enthusiasm and plenty of good intentions. But, when push-comes-to-shove, I find it hard to actually make the time to fit a regular gym session into my work day.
And, do I really need to have access to all of that shiny, hi-tech equipment if all I want to do is lose some weight and get a little fitter?
After all, there are many exercises that can be performed in the comfort of your own home, or better still outdoors, without the use of any of fancy machines or dumb-bells.
As the article explains, the following exercises require very little in the way of formal equipment:
1. Squats | fantastic for the leg muscles including quads, hamstrings, calves and glutes.
2. Burpees | old-fashioned but effective, they defintely take me back to my childhood.
3. Pull-ups | you’ll probably need to find some playground equipment but they’re ideal for upper body strength.
4. Jump rope | skipping is a lot harder than you think and is an excellent form of “cardio”.
5. Push-ups | the classic yet straight-forward upper body bench-press working the chest, shoulders, biceps and triceps.
Do them in that order and limit the number of workouts to just one or two a week will give your muscles plenty of time to recover.
Kim | 78.3