Any movement that uses the weight of your body as resistance is a bodyweight exercise.
Therefore, most bodyweight exercises do not require the use of specialized fitness equipment such as free weights. This means that you can complete a bodyweight workout routine anywhere and at any time.
Hence, these exercises are the ideal workout for those of you who do not have a home gym or gym membership, are too busy to go to the gym or who do not have access to the gym because of travel.
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Besides the convenience factor, bodyweight exercises also offer a unique set of physical and mental benefits for women which I will outline below:
Bodyweight exercises are unique in the sense that they do not require weight lifting machinery or free weights. Since, only the weight of your body is used as resistance, every time you attempt a bodyweight exercise, you must first steady yourself using the strength of your core muscles. This helps increase your core strength as well as your body awareness and muscle control, which together lead to improved physical balance.
Again, because bodyweight exercises do not require the use of fitness equipment, these exercises take your body through a full range of motion while strengthening your core and allowing your joints to move freely. The type of bodyweight exercises you engage in when you do Yoga are a great example of how these types of exercises can help improve your flexibility.
Increased Self Confidence
Any woman can find a series of bodyweight exercises that are right for her, regardless of age, weight, fitness level, socioeconomic status, pregnancy status or time restraints. And once she’s found the right bodyweight workout, she can engage in that workout in the comfort and privacy of her own home. This makes bodyweight exercises the ideal type of exercise for those who lack the self confidence to join a gym or attend certain fitness classes because of the fear of failure.
Increased Upper Body Strength For Women
The fact that women lack natural upper body strength is not a secret. One of the most effective ways for women to remedy this natural strength deficiency by increasing their upper body strength is through bodyweight exercises.
Bodyweight exercises often involve compound movements, such as pushups and pullups, which engage a variety of joints and muscles in each muscle group. These compound exercises, when coupled with increased core strength, are known to translate into an overall increase in women’s upper body strength.
Increased Fitness Endurance And Agility
Because most bodyweight workout routines feature strong elements of Plyometrics training (exercises involving repeated and rapid stretching and contracting of muscles to increase muscle power) they are a highly effective means of increasing your overall fitness endurance and agility.
Maximized Weight Loss
Besides Plyometrics training, bodyweight exercises also feature strong elements of H.I.I.T workouts (High Intensity Interval Training) which is the most effective way to shed unwanted body fat, fast.
Another reason why bodyweight exercises can help maximize your weight loss efforts is because these types of exercises naturally combine cardio with resistance training.
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