At Valley Leisure, we are always looking to find the latest trends in health and fitness which can help to maximise your workout. Increasingly in the industry, we have seen a swing towards gym users performing bodyweight exercises and functional training within our centres. This intrigued us to investigate further as to why this may be the case, and whether incorporating more of these exercises into a traditional Free Weights and machine based routine would provide added benefits.
1. Cardio: Bodyweight training helps to combine a mixture of both weight based exercise and an element of cardiovascular exercise, without the participant necessarily noticing it as much as a long treadmill or rowing session. Exercises such as Burpees, Push Ups and Lunges are ideal for this reason.
2. Bone & Joint Strengthening: If you are finding yourself suffering from sore bones or joints as a result of the exercises you perform- or in life in general, bodyweight exercises offer a less strenuous alternative, as well as helping to strengthen these areas and prevent future issues from arising.
3. Balance: Incorporating a few of these exercises into a regular routine can also help to improve your balance, especially if you are more used to a free weight based routine which only has minimal links to strengthening overall balance.
4. Whole Body Strength: The benefits of bodyweight exercises on your entire body are also highly increased. These exercises tend towards activating many supporting muscles throughout the entire body, helping to increase whole body strength- rather than isolating benefits to particular muscle groups. These benefits are especially prominent to a person’s core, as it is used constantly in order to stabilise the body in these exercises.
And so many more…
Bodyweight exercises have also been heavily linked to a number of further health benefits, including healthy hearts, reduced risk of diabetes and fighting depression.
So, what bodyweight exercises could you start using in your workout?
- Push Ups (and variations of)
- Sit Ups
- Pull Ups
- Wall Sits
- Tricep Dips
- Inverted Rows
- Jump Squats
- Box Jumps
- Muscle Ups (Advanced Users)
- Hand Stand Push Ups (Advanced Users)
With all of this in mind, will you be considering incorporating some more of these simple bodyweight exercises into your workout?