Calorie Burn: 300-900
Focus: Mobility, strength, and flexibility
Equipment: None required
The value of bodyweight exercise – using your own body as resistance instead of machines or equipment – is often underestimated. But bodyweight exercise has stood the test of time as an effective stand-alone workout or as an integral part of health classes. Bodyweight exercises don’t beat up your joints as much as traditional weight training exercises do. They allow for a more natural range of motion and improve your overall athleticism quite effectively.
Better balance and flexibility: Relying on only your body to workout also improves balance and flexibility. A full body routine engages your core muscles and improves strength in your limbs.
Keeping it lean: The short bursts of exercise that make up a bodyweight routine have been proven to help with weight loss more effectively than long cardio sessions. And the focus of many strength training routines which involve weights or other equipment is to bulk up but with effective bodyweight exercise the result should be a lean, strong body.