There are a million fitness gadgets, machines and pieces of equipment out there. Some are in gyms and fitness centers. Some in the sports equipment store for home use. Some are on late-night tv, enticing us with fitness models and logical-sounding claims.
Sometimes, you need to just step back and return to the basics. Machines, dumbbells, kettlebells, stability balls, BOSU trainers, treadmills, rowing machines, etc. are great tools for helping us forge the fit, toned bodies we want. But they are tools. We don't NEED any of them.
Equipment free exercises are great for traveling, but they're also a good staple for our regular workout routines. If you start your day with a few equipment free strength training exercises, you're ahead of the game, and if you're worried about not having time to get to the gym, you can certainly do without! I prefer some body weight exercises over their machine counterparts because they work more muscles at once and provide a greater challenge!
Here are some excellent exercises you can do with nothing but your own body.
March in place (bring your knees up high and swing your arms)
Jump: straight up, or side to side, or any variation you like
Lunges (stay tuned for posts on how to do these spot-on)
Standing leg extensions
Duck walks & bear walks
Upper body strength:
Pushups (see previous post for tips)
Dips (for the triceps - use a chair or the floor and push yourself up with your elbows behind you)
Planks & side planks
and a million variations....
There is a nearly endless variety of things you can do without equipment - the above are just a few of my favorites. Enjoy!