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Training with your bodyweight is a great way to stay in shape. Freeing yourself from all those tiresome machines and payment plans, you can get a great workout from the comfort of your own home. When you think about how people stayed in shape before gyms and fancy workout equipment were the norm, bodyweight training makes a lot of sense.
The benefits of working out are well-known. Getting regular exercise will benefit your heart, metabolism, hormones, weight, and help to prevent and manage disease. It’s less commonly known that that intense cardio workouts can actually impact your metabolism. And did you know that working out releases “feel-good” hormones that ease depression and fatigue, and decrease appetite? The best news of all is that you can more easily get that great workout feeling, as well as the amazing health benefits, by training hard simply with what your mamma gave you; your own body!
Working out with your bodyweight is so fast and easy, you don’t need to schedule time to travel to the gym! You can even adopt high intensity interval training (HITT) and get yourself in shape without ever leaving your home! Some examples of these exercises are fast mountain climbers, squat thrusts, burpees, high knees, jump squats, jump lunges, tuck jumps, butt kickers, side shuffles, and more! Read our bodyweight workout infographic for everything you need to know about these intense bodyweight workouts.
Note: if you haven’t exercised for a while, don’t regularly exercise or have chronic health conditions or injuries, speak to your doctor or health professional before beginning exercise or an intense exercise routine.