No gym, no problem. Getting in a good workout doesn’t always require a trip to the gym; in fact you don’t even need a gym membership to see your fitness goals realized. To fully understand this concept we must first understand the meaning of the word exercise. According to its definition, exercise is defined as bodily or mental exertion especially for the sake of training or the improvement of health. A good example would be running. With that understood, the conclusion can be drawn that with the use of variations, or alternatives to the motions that would be experienced on physical gym equipment, you can achieve the same results both physically and psychologically. Back in March, Muscle and Body magazine held its Best Body Contest. Over 1000 men and women entered the competition, and the emerging winner in the men’s category was Frank Jones, who despite not being able to afford a gym membership won the contest. His workout plan consisted of basic calisthenics, running hills, training with resistance bands, and using an exercise ball. With diet being one of the most integral parts of any fitness plan, his diet consisted of complex carbohydrates in the morning, and a protein shake between his six daily meals.
Prior to starting any workout plan, it is recommended that you consult with a physician. Additionally, to reduce the risk of injury, expand circulation, and increase muscle flexibility, begin each workout with a series of stretching exercises. Here is a list of variations that’s proven to burn calories, increase strength, and build lean muscle.
The basic Push Up is an exercise that utilizes a combination of muscles. The muscles involved are the pectorals, the deltoids and, the triceps. When done properly, the Push UP will tone the arms, shoulders, and chest.
For sculpted abdominal muscles, try Crunches with the use of an Exercise Ball. Not only will the Exercise Ball Crunch define your abs, it will also save wear and tear on your lower back. The Exercise Ball is also used in numerous exercise variations.
When having a firm butt and toned legs are important, introduce the Exercise Ball Squats into your workout routine. In this exercise, the exercise ball is positioned between the wall and your lower back. From there the movement is the same as a regular squat.
An effctive way to to tighten and tone your biceps is to perform Curls with the use of Exercise Bands. Exercise Bands offer resistance that facilitates the firming of the arms. These bands are currently being used in hundreds of alternative exercises.
For whatever area of the body that needs targeting, there is a variation to the gym equipment movement that will position you to take your workout whever you may go, and in the process leading you in the direction of getting and staying fit.