Do you need a gym membership?
Do you think you can get a fit body or lose weight if you don’t have a gym membership or a home gym? I think one of the best ways to get fit is with body weight training. It takes focus and discipline to use your body as resistance. I love that body weight training requires stabilizing your muscles to help you maintain your balance and form. And this tightens your core! Woohoo for a flatter tummy!
Using exercise machines is great for beginners because the machines are created to support your body and the weight you are moving. Free weights require more stabilizing muscles, but there are more chances for injuries to the weaker muscles when you are lifting higher weights. Using your body as resistance, like doing pushups or squats, directs the focus on specific muscles for strength and engages smaller muscles for balance and correct form.
Some of my favorite exercises are body weight exercises. Running, dancing, walking, burpees, jumping jacks, are all great aerobic workouts. Pushups, lunges, squats, crunches and leg extensions are all great resistance exercises. Alternate between aerobic and resistance exercise for a great circuit routine. Are you ready to give this a try?
Are you ready? Try this...
First, write a list of 4 exercise per muscle group plus 4 aerobic exercises and use a deck of cards to determine the exercise and quantity. Flip a card and do the number the card is and the exercise the suit is. 10 of hearts is 10 x lunges. After 52 cards you will definitely be sweating and building muscles!!
Flip a card and do the number the card is and the exercise the suit is. 10 of hearts is 10 x lunges. After 52 cards you will definitely be sweating and building muscles!!
LEG WORKOUT WITH CARDIO
- spades=high jumps
- diamonds=calf raises
UPPER BODY WITH CARDIO
- clubs=jumping jacks
- hearts=push ups
- spades=mountain climbers
- diamonds=burpees with 1-5 push-ups
This is a great workout for kids, adults, & teens. Take a deck of cards with you when you travel to keep up with your exercise routine. You may even want to exchange a week of your regular exercise with the card workout just to change things up a little bit.
Good luck, and I hope you enjoy my tip.
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