I often hear people giving all sort of excuses for not exercising. Apart from “not having the time to work-out”, some of the other common reasons of avoiding exercise are – “I hate going to the gym , I do not have the necessary equipments at home or I do not have the money for all the expensive gym equipments.” RELAX 🙂 To get into shape or to stay fit, you do not have to worry about any of these. Your body is your best gym. Working out with your own body weight is one of the most effective and time-tested tool you have for staying in shape.
Here I give you 10 reasons for which I am a very big fan of bodyweight training:
1. Increases co-ordination, balance and tightness of the entire body:
Since body weight training consists of exercises done without the help of any equipments, it increases the human body’s ability to co-ordinate amongst different muscle groups much more efficiently, thus increasing overall balance and tightness of the body. While doing bodyweight exercises it is very difficult to keep any part of the body loose as it leads to leakage of energy and increase in fatigue.
2. Stimulates mind-body connection:
It is scientifically proven that body weight exercises like push-ups, pull-ups, squats, splits etc. stimulates the nervous system much more than training with equipments. This is explained by the concept of Closed Chain Kinetic Exercise benefits which means that exercises in which the body has a fixed distal point such as the push-up where the hands and the feet are fixed at their individual points or squats where the foot remains fixed in place with much lesser movement relative to the rest of the body, stimulate the nervous system much more.
3. Monitors body fat percentage:
As opposed to working out with heavily loaded gym equipments, bodyweight exercises are a better way to monitor your body fat percentage. Any loose hanging part of the body while performing push-ups will help you realise your body fat percentage much clearer.
4. Increases Proprioception Inputs:
Instead of running on the treadmill, when you perform squat jumps or any other form of bodyweight cardio moves; your body moves through a much greater space at it own control. Proprioception is what allows you to bend your elbow or flex your foot a precise amount or in a precise way, even if your eyes are closed and you can’t see what you’re doing – you still feel it. Body weight training requires increasing proprioception input which is extremely beneficial to humans especially in today’s sedentary lifestyle.
5. Bodyweight exercises are always more challenging and effective than exercising with equipments:
I don’t think I need to explain this point. Do it and you will know that performing a pull-up is much more challenging than doing a pull-down at the gym using a cable. Similar 30 repetition of a full body push-up is much more difficult than 30 repetitions of a weighted chest press. It doesn’t mean that a weighted chest press is not so good an exercise, it just means that a full body push up is much more challenging and effective.
Definitely body weight exercises are the most convenient of all exercise regimes. You don’t have to run to the gym or spend your money on equipments. You can easily do it all at the comfort of your home.
7. Boosts Lean Muscle Mass and Burns Fat Faster:
Bodyweight exercises when combined with cardio moves are the best way to burn fat and promote lean muscle mass. They are the most efficient and effective exercise regimes.
8. Increases core-strength:
The core consists of 29 muscle groups and bodyweight exercises involve all of them together at the same time for each movement. One big reason why different forms of Push-ups and Planks are the best means to achieve a strong core. They also increase athletic performance.
9. Increases flexibility:
We all know how flexible Yoga lovers are. Yoga is one of the best form of bodyweight training and so you can imagine how flexible can bodyweight training make you 🙂
10. Prevents injuries:
One of the most commonly heard modern day issues is the increase in the number of injuries amongst people trying to hit the gym. Bodyweight exercises done in the right form will definitely save you from all that pain. Moreover, most of the injury rehabilitation exercises are bodyweight exercises.
Remember, to enjoy an effective workout all you need is your own body and the intention to workout hard. Excuses are for losers not for doers 🙂