Have you always dreamt of getting a well-toned body but don’t have time to join the gym or don’t want to splurge on expensive equipment. Here’s the solution to your problem. Bodyweight exercises are those exercises which can be done on your own without the help of any equipment or personal trainer. Often beginners underestimate the importance of bodyweight exercises and choose to go with weights-based training. Even though bodyweight exercises are simple, they can strengthen the core muscles and your overall structure.
When done correctly, they can also improve your balance, flexibility and coordination. All bodyweight exercises come down to the basic squats, crunches and pushups, along with adequate warmup and cooldown.
Squats are one of the most common and the most basic part of any bodyweight exercise routine. Squats are best known for their glute strengthening, but they can be great for your hamstring, knee and ankles as well. If you don’t have weights lying around, try squats that go deeper than your knee level and try to hold positions for longer. In addition, you could try advanced variants such as sumo squats, lateral squats and wide squats. And you can perform them anywhere.
We are all obsessed with flat bellies but running is just one way to work those abs and your core. You can reduce your waistline in just a few weeks by regularly doing simple crunches at home. Crunches target the abdominal muscles and its many variants can work out your sides, upper body and pectorals.
This is the first thing that most beginners are asked to do. It’s a must-do as it forms the basis of a strong body. Not only does it add strength to your arms, but also works out your feet, ankles and shin muscles.
Do 8-10 reps and increase your rep count as you progress.
Bodyweight exercises don’t require any equipment, coach or even a lot of space. You can clear out a small space in your living room or find a wide enough balcony for your daily routine. Follow these religiously and you will have a strong core ready to deal with any amount of running or physical activity.