Happy Friday! As I am approaching my way back into the living, I have started working out like it’s my job again …until, it kinda is, like, my job. I live in a fantastic neighborhood at the moment. Within less than a mile, I have the beautiful Pollok Country Park as well as some fitness centers. However, I love my at home workouts as well, and, well, our place at the moment isn’t the most spacious of abodes. Don’t get me wrong, I love our apartment, but I’m just going to have to get creative when it comes to maximizing my space and workouts, while I’m breaking a sweat at home!
Body-weight workout benefits
Body-weight workouts are super popular for many reasons, most importantly because they are safe and efficient. You should add some body-weight action into your routine in place of fancy weights and equipment to get a great resistance and heart pumping workout, and here’s why:
- Body-weight exercises encourage well-formed movement patterns for people of all fitness levels, even those with physical limitations.
- Body-weight movements encourage the development of core strength, stability, and coordination; these are all components which are essential to physical fitness.
- Body-weight training better prepares you for “real life” lifting. Need to move a heavy box, a piece of furniture, or just lifting your groceries up six flights of stairs (trust me, I know)? Adding body-weight movement into your fitness routine can better prepare you for those everyday occurrences when you wouldn’t typically think about how you could injure yourself.
- Body-weight training delivers effective results. True, you may not get the gains you’re looking for training this way, but studies have shown that even individuals who have switched to body-weight training in place of traditional weights have maintained their strength levels over the span of several months.
- Body-weight workouts are adaptable to smaller spaces and can be very versatile for people of all weights and heights. However, not every workout is created equally, so be sure to keep that in mind if you start out on a body-weight training program.
Making the most of the space, you’re in
So, as I mentioned above, one of the greatest things about body-weight movement is that you don’t need equipment, but the another great thing is that you can work with multiple surfaces for your convenience. The floor works amazingly with body-weight movement, but also utilizing chairs and walls are a wonderful way to incorporate body-weight exercises.
Body-weight Wall Workout.
This body-weight workout, featured in Shape Magazine and created by fitness expert, Joshua Lipsey, says all you require for this workout is yourself and a wall. Pretty doable, right? All reps and detailed instructions are at the beginning of each move during this video demonstration.
As you can see, you need little space for this workout, and it’s super effective. Sometimes we all just have to make the best with what we have, be it our body-weight or space we have to work. The good news is that’s all we need to get a great workout.
How do you workout in a small space? Do you like body-weight workouts? Have any tips to share? I’m linking up with Jill Conyers for Fitness Friday, and you should too!