If you choose to purchase gym equipment or head to the gym to use theirs, you will benefit from an excellent workout. However, if your budget doesn’t stretch to a gym membership, and your home is too small for gym equipment, you’re not destined to a life as a couch potato. There are so many exercises you can be doing to improve your health and wellness without the need for equipment.
While equipment can, of course, add an extra challenging element to your workout, there’s no reason why you can’t rely on your own arms and legs to pave the way for a happier, healthier you Consider adding any of these five exercises to your equipment-less workout.
When you hear audible groans when someone mentions the word ‘burpee,’ you know it’s going to be a good workout. Burpees not only help you to build lean muscle, but they can also strengthen your heart by enabling you to get your heart rate up.
Burpees are considered a full body training exercise, and they work out your abs, hamstrings, glutes, quads, and arms. You know you’ve had a good workout with burpees when you’re exhausted, your body feels like lead, and you’re delighted with your day’s exercise.
2. Mountain Climber
A mountain climber can be called a mountain climber for two reasons: it follows a similar style, and afterward, you’ll feel like you just climbed a mountain. Mountain climbers are a very valuable strength training workout. They work a range of joints and muscles at once and even target your hamstrings, quads, legs, and glutes. The best part is, you don’t need any equipment. Just use the floor, and let your arms and legs do all the work.
Okay, we lied, you do need equipment for this one. But, we figured that a simple skipping rope you can purchase for $1.99 is a small price to pay for a whole-body workout. Skipping improves your heart rate, tones the muscles in your upper and lower body, improves your bone density, offers better balance and coordination, and even benefits your agility. What’s more, somehow, it’s also beneficial for your skin. While this is a “no equipment” exercise list, we do believe a jump rope hardly counts as a cumbersome treadmill…
Push-ups are typically one of the first non-equipment exercises that people learn how to do. They are custom in military training exercises, and of course, in standard school gym classes as well. There’s a reason for it. Push-ups, also known as press-ups, are really good for your body. They increase your overall strength, improve your muscle mass, help your cardiovascular system, improve your muscle definition, improve your posture, and even protect your shoulders from injury. The list goes on.
There are also two options: a push-up on your knees, or on your feet. If you’re new to exercise, start them on your knees, but gradually work your way towards a full feet push-up which offers far more benefits for your body.
Running is a weight-bearing exercise, so it’s certainly not for everyone. However, for those who can pound the pavement without hurting themselves, it’s highly beneficial. It helps to build strong bones, strengthens your muscles, burns those calories, helps you to lose or maintain weight, and overall, it improves your cardiovascular fitness.
If you can’t think of an exercise to do when you’ve got half an hour to spare, go for a run. You will feel better for it.
These four non-equipment exercises and one with a skipping rope can revolutionize your workout routine. If you can’t get to the gym or you don’t want to turn your living room into a fitness club, you don’t have to. Use your arms and legs and create a workout all on your own.