Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
~ Edward Stanley
I love fitness and health and I’m often reading blogs and magazines on these issues. But part of the problem with so much information and so many people interested in the subject of health, working out and fitness is that there is so much information out there about it.
So today I want to distill the plethora of science and different workouts down to the nuts and bolts of what is really required for optimum health and fitness. I’m talking about why working out at home and at home workouts are the best, easiest, cheapest and most reliable way to get into the best shape of your life.
I have been working out at home and doing home workout routines for over a couple of years now and I’m getting into terrific shape.
There is only one piece of home exercise equipment that I recommend at that is the pull up bar. This is the one that I recommend. There are fancier ones but I have found this one reliable and easy to dissemble and take with you in your luggage if you want to take it with you when travelling. Also, the more complicated ones are also excellent, but you need more room on either side of your door in order to allow for the extra width. I only have one door in my house that will allow for this. Whereas the pull up bar that I recommend works on every door in my house, even those that are close to corners.
In fact, if you are looking to get into the best shape of your life I believe that all you need is your own body. Of course if you are more interested in body building and getting as big as possible either naturally or with supplemental help then you need a gym and access to free weights.
But if you want that model look, that sculpted and nicely toned muscled look then all you need is to work out at home. And there are tons of home workout routines that you can find on the internet or even just make up yourself.
You don’t need a pull up bar, but I have found for the $20 or $30 that it costs it has been a indispensable ally in my home based workouts and my journey to optimum fitness. But it is not necessary.
There are literally an unlimited variety of home based fitness workouts you can do. Here are some of the exercises I use in my home calisthenics workouts:
Spotty dogs, lunges, squats, planks, windshield wipers, bridges, knee high sprints, jumping jacks, burpees, butt kicks, compass jumps, cross punches, dips, pull ups, chin ups, front kicks, flutter kicks, ice skaters, mountain climbers, push ups, sit ups, supermans, squat thrusts and more.
I have found that combining a cardio exercise with core work works very well. It pushes me incredibly hard but allows a bit of rest during the core workout phase of my at home calisthenics exercise workout.
Here’s an example of one of my body weight workouts that I do.
I go for around 20 minutes of activity and then cool down for 3 to 5 minutes at the end. I do each activity for around 30 seconds and then give myself about a 10 second rest before moving on to the next exercise. So it looks like something like this:
0:00 knee high kicks
2:00 flutter kicks
2:40 push ups
3:20 sit ups
4:00 mountain climbers
4:40 right sided plank
5:20 compass jumps
6:00 left sided plank
6:40 pull ups
and on and on for 20 minutes. Then I cool down with walking in place for a couple of minutes followed by stretching for a few minutes.
Within about 25 minutes a day, 3 to 5 times a week you will have such a killer workout you’ll amaze yourself at how hard it can be when you’re just doing calisthenics or body weight workouts.
And the best thing about working out at home and doing at home body weight or calisthenic workouts is that you can do it on your own time. No schlepping to get to and from the gym. If you’re a little self-conscious you don’t have to worry about other people watching you.
The space you need to do these kinds of workouts can be done in a small prison cell or a corner of your bedroom or living room. You get to choose what kind of music you want to listen to. It is the most cost effective way to get into great shape while toning your muscles and getting ripped. In fact, if you don’t buy a pull up bar, it is free. And above all, you can workout at your own pace and your own level.
I recommend working out at home for everyone. Even if you are a dedicated gym rat, you should still have a few at home workouts up your sleeve for the odd occasion when you are away from home and want to do a workout in your hotel room.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love gyms too and what they offer. But you don’t need them. The only thing you need is some space and your own body.
In fact, if you are looking for some great ideas for at home workouts, these guys give you some great ideas. They all offer apps for the iPhone too and I have them all and highly recommend them. But you don’t need to buy their apps to access some great home base body weight workout routines:
I have used and enjoyed Sworkit Pro. It’s only a few bucks and it includes some Yoga routines which are terrific too. But as said before, you only need your imagination, your body and a clock to get a terrific workout at home.
Make the rest of your life the best of your life.