Getting fit can be extremely overwhelming. You don’t have to wander too far on the Internet to read conflicting reports about what practices make you “most fit.” Some sources may claim that the ideal weight loss and fitness solution is 80% what you eat and only 20% exercise. While other sources may claim that if you’re physically active you can eat whatever you want, and still manage to get fit.
(Real talk: What are we supposed to believe? Is this why we have trust issues?)
No matter how many case studies, research proposals, or experiments there may be, “science” continuously tells us that exercise is a vital component to maintaining your overall fitness. At Shefit we have found that what really gets the results we want is the best of both worlds: A diet that is treated like fuel for the body and a bodyweight workout plan.
So, what is it you want to achieve?
Do you desire a toned shape? Are you looking to lose weight? Or, do you just want to improve your overall health? The answer to all of these questions has a common denominator: challenging your muscles.
What if we told you, that you could challenge your muscles from the comfort of your own home, without having to purchase expensive gym equipment? Believe it or not, using your own body weight is a very effective way to get toned and fit!
Learn to love the basics
The basics to bodyweight workouts are squats, burpees, pull-ups and push-ups. By mastering these basic moves you will be one step closer towards achieving a healthier and more fit lifestyle. These bodyweight exercises can be done in plyometric fashion or by HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). Research suggests that high-output, bodyweight-based exercises such as plyometric and HIIT workouts will yield amazing fitness improvements over a short time period.
Since there’s no equipment involved, bodyweight workouts make it easy to complete your workout almost anywhere. The purpose of bodyweight workouts is to transition from one move to the next with little rest; this gets your heart rate up, quickly, while focusing on strength development.
Personalization is key
Want to amp up the intensity of your workout? Increase your reps and your speed. Is your workout making you feel fatigued? Focus more on form and less on speed. Personalization is one of the many pros to bodyweight workouts. Don’t go easy on yourself, but don’t push yourself too hard. Consistency is key.
Want to give a bodyweight workout a shot?
Take a look at the daily bodyweight workout our gal-pal Amy Harris RN BSN (Certified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist) pieced together:
Disclaimer: You may not be able to walk the day after your bodyweight workout, but you’ll thank us later. Sweat on, ladies and gents.