Over the last 12 months I have been following some of the experts in the fitness community in order to stay in shape. People like Roger Wolfson have been instrumental in helping average Joes like me in getting shape, and one of the things that I have learned the most is that you simply don’t need any equipment in order to exercise. The truth is that given the year we have had, I just couldn’t afford to invest in any equipment and I felt that this was a reason as to why I couldn’t get in good shape. The reality however is that this was an excuse that I was using and there is so much that you can do without equipment to stay in great shape, and here are some tips on doing just that.
Finding Something Heavy
Dumbbells are great but they are not absolutely necessary in order to stay in great shape. The reality is that all you need is something heavy in order to build some muscle. Personally I have a rock in the back garden which I like to use, and that works well for me, acting almost like a medicine ball. Another option is to fill up a bag with tinned goods, as this too can make the perfect weight. Remember that if you are going to fill up a bag like this then use some clothing to fill it up so that things don’t move around when you are exercising.
There are so many exercises which you can do without any equipment at all, and to turn them into a really great workout you can look to use the Tabata timer. Essentially what you will do during a Tabata session is to workout in 20 second bursts, and then take a 10 second break before doing another 20 seconds. In total you will complete 8 of these 20 second bursts, and varying exercises is a great way for you to stay on track and to get that heart rate up so that you can burn fat. I like to pick 4 exercises for each Tabata session and do them twice each, but you can do it in any way that you like.
Something which I noticed very quickly indeed was that there were so many calories which I used to burn simply going about my day, which then of course all stopped when we entered lockdown. I have made it my mission to continuously try and burn extra calories each day now, and there are a few ways in which I do this. I live in an apartment but there are stairs between floors, and so I will try and run up and down these stairs whenever I have 5 minutes free. Another way to burn extras is by fidgeting around a lot, and aiming to pick up little bursts of exercises like press-ups or squats, sprinkling them out throughout the day.
Equipment is great but it is not essential if you wish to stay in shape.
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