Body Weight Exercising at Home
With today’s busy world and everything being on such a time crunch, it can be hard to make time to get into the gym on a regular basis. But it’s important to know that you don’t have to skip your workout just because you can’t make it to the gym – there is another option! At-home body weight workouts can be great for beginners and for those on a tight schedule. These workouts require no equipment (such as weights or treadmills) and can all be done in the comfort of your own home.
When you are first starting to get into a “no equipment” exercise routine, it might be practical to start with some basic body weight exercises such as squats, push-ups, step-ups, jumping jacks, and crunches. Try using your couch for exercises such as angled push-ups for a chest workout and triceps dips to work the back of the arms. You can use your stairs for cardio, skipping steps will help activate your glutes. Move your coffee table and use your living room floor to do some core work, jumping jacks, lunges, etc.
Consider trying circuit training using these exercises with minimal rest in between exercises. These circuits can often be more beneficial than a steady cardiovascular workout. Doing 5-8 different exercises 2-3 times each with short rests in between is ideal for an at-home workout. These can be quick and easy workouts and feature a great combination of numerous total body exercises.
When doing body weight exercises, it is important to ensure you have the right form before performing these exercises on a regular basis. Here at Dedham Health & Athletic Complex, we have degreed exercise physiologists on the fitness floor that can help you to perfect your form so you can apply that to your workouts in the gym and at home.
*It is important to consult your doctor before starting any new exercise program.
– Brynne B., BASE Ops Manager and Exercise Physiologist