Throughout the last 12 months the fitness community have been really helpful in inspiring us to get in shape and to work on staying in shape throughout what has been a tumultuous 12 months. Now many of us will try and make excuses for not getting in shape, and one of the most commonly used excuses is a lack of equipment. This however really shouldn’t be a stumbling block and there are so many fitness experts like Roger Wolfson who are doing great work in helping people to get in shape, no matter how big their home is or how much equipment that they have. Here is why not having gym equipment shouldn’t be an obstacle.
There are so many exercises which you can do that will help you stay in shape, using nothing more than your own bodyweight. Think about routines such as press-ups, sit-ups, burpees, squats, squat thrusts and planks, all of these require absolutely nothing but your own body and some desire. If you follow a routine such as Tabata, which is interval training for these kind of exercises, then you are going to seriously increase your strength and burn plenty of calories too.
If you do wish to use some weights but you cannot afford to buy professional gym weights then fear not, as there are so many options around the home for things that you could use. For example you could fill up a backpack with some tinned products and then go for a run, alternatively you could load up two backpacks with similar items and use them as free-weights. Now having dumbbells will help you to gain a better result from lifting weights, because they are so balanced, but they are not the only way to build strength. Any heavy item in the home or in the garden will be enough to help you to strengthen up.
If we think about doing cardio then this again shows us exactly why you do not need all kinds of gym equipment like treadmills and spinning bikes. For example skipping, this is a very easy way to increase your cardio and can be easily done with a long cable or piece of rope. Running requires absolutely no equipment whatsoever and it is a fantastic way for you to carry on burning those calories. Even following simple cardio routines like jumping Jacks and running on the spot will help you to increase your heart rate, which is just what you need in order to burn fat.
It is nice to have gym equipment of course and for some this inspires them to do more exercise at home and to push them towards their goals. The reality however is that none of the equipment is necessary if you want to get in shape, as there is so much that you can do without all of that pricy equipment.
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