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Maintaining physical fitness contributes to more than just “looking good”.  Additionally, participating in physical fitness routines can lead to a better night’s sleep, a faster metabolism, and the improvement of cardiovascular health.  While most adults are aware of this, those that aren’t too fond of the idea of joining a gym, might feel like participation is a little too far out of reach. This brings us to the topic of bodyweight exercise routines.

Physical condition and and strength training does not necessarily have to be met in a public fitness center, or even require the use of weights. Bodyweight exercises can be used as a way to tackle getting some cardio in, while still focusing on strength training and contributing to building muscle; this type of workout routine is known as circuit training, or HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training).

Here are some of the many benefits of bodyweight routines!

Improve Cardiovascular Health

Participating in any type of exercise activity is always a great way to improve heart health and get your blood flowing; strength training just adds to those benefits.  Your cardiovascular system receives these benefits due to an increase in blood flow, naturally reducing blood pressure levels and improving overall circulation. This will assist in reducing the risk of heart attack or stroke.   

Build and Maintain Lean Muscle Mass

Building muscle doesn’t have to mean bulking up.  In fact, bodyweight exercises help your body build and maintain lean muscle mass. Muscle mass is a main factor in maintaining a healthy weight; by developing muscle mass, your body’s metabolic system will burn more fat and replace it with lean muscle. This is why athletes are often known for eating a significant amount of food throughout their day.  As their bodies are continuously working, their muscles tend to burn more calories than fat does, ultimately requiring a diet with a higher calorie level.

No Gym or Weights Required

Many people are hesitant to join public fitness centers for a multitude of reasons.  From cost, and not wanting to commit to a monthly payment, to the fear of lifting weights or working out in front of others.  Bodyweight training eliminates both of these issues. A bodyweight workout routine will require little to no equipment (maybe some resistance bands if you want to get a little more of an intense workout).  You will strictly use your body for controlled movements that will engage your core and other surrounding muscles; and best of all, it’s completely free!

Improve Joint and Bone Health

Strength training and building muscle mass often provides your bones and joints with extra protection from things like joint pain, bone loss, and other skeletal issues that may come with age.  The muscle surrounding your joints, will alleviate direct pressure that you will experience from everyday movements, and assist your body in relying less on your joints, but more on the surrounding muscle.  This article provides some great descriptions and visual examples of bodyweight workouts that you can add into your everyday routine.