Friday, January 12, 2007

5 Ways A Bodyweight Workout Can Benefit You

Performing a bodyweight workout has something for everyone.

You don't need expensive gym memberships, costly equipment or even a lot of time to perform a highly effective bodyweight workout... and reap the rewards.

If you have a functioning body... there is no reason to keep complaining about being out of shape.

Let's look at what a proper bodyweight workout can do for you...

1. Bodyweight Workout For Strength

When most people think about improving strength they don't think about doing a bodyweight workout... but rather some sort of resistance training.

Unfortunately for them, they are missing out on one of the most effective, versatile and efficient strength training methods in existence... your own body.

The vast majority of people cannot effectively control their own bodyweight while performing different movements... a fact which can be rectified by performing a bodyweight workout.

An increase in strength occurs when your body is routinely exposed to an environment where a strength increase is necessary for performance.

In many cases, your own bodyweight is sufficient for providing the resistance necessary to instigate bodily changes for increase in strength.

In my opinion, you should not even attempt other forms of resistance exercise without first being competent in the moving your own bodyweight.

And for the die hard weight lifter, a bodyweight workout of one arm push ups, one legged squats and one armed pull ups are extremely challenging and will test your strength like no other.

2. Bodyweight Workout For Endurance

Performing a high repetition bodyweight workout is an excellent way to improve muscular endurance.

Simple exercises like push ups, air squats and chinnies become extremely challenging when higher reps are used.

There are many aspects of strength... and strength endurance can be very important when facing the challenges of sport, work and life.

A good bodyweight workout can prepare you to meet those challenges with excellence.

When performing a bodyweight workout for muscular endurance... just remember to not sacrifice quality for quantity.

3. Bodyweight Workout For Metabolic Conditioning

Metabolic conditioning is commonly referred to as "cardio".

When most people think of cardio... they think of running on the treadmill, riding a stationary bike, etc.

However... Performing a bodyweight workout comprised of bodyweight calisthenics exercises is an excellent way to improve cardiorespiratory endurance.

A bodyweight workout that includes exercises like jumping jacks, mountain climbers, burpees, etc. have the advantage of improving strength and muscular endurance as well as cardiorespiratory endurance.

4. Bodyweight Workout For Fat Loss

Fat loss is the reason a great deal of people perform physical fitness workout programs.

Performing a bodyweight workout comprised of bodyweight exercises and calisthenics exercises can produce an environment for your body that makes it want to get rid of unwanted fat.

The bodyweight exercise portion of your bodyweight workout will add lean muscle needed for strength improvement that will raise your metabolic rate... even when you are not working out.

The calisthenics portion of your bodyweight workout will raise your heart and respiratory rates and burn up calories.

5. Bodyweight Workout For Total Body Transformation

Performing a bodyweight workout by mixing and matching different bodyweight exercises and calisthenics exercises is an effective and efficient way to transform your whole body.

Muscular strength, muscular endurance, metabolic conditioning and fat loss can all be targeted within the same bodyweight workout.

The successful transformation of your body from unfit to fit is directly related to your ability to produce an environment in which your body must get stronger, add lean muscle, improve cardiorespiratory endurance and burn unwanted fat... and a proper bodyweight workout can create that environment.

In Conclusion...

There is nothing keeping you from performing a bodyweight workout right now a improving strength, conditioning and fitness... as well as transforming your body into the body you have always wanted.

As you can see... you are out of excuses.

You don' need expensive gym memberships, costly equipment or a tremendous amount of time t perform an effective bodyweight workout... all you need is your own body and the desire to improve.

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17 Ways to Save Energy

Get a home energy audit every couple of years with your power company to find ways to cut costs.

Check with your utility company for rebates whenever you install energy-saving equipment.
Add more energy-efficient insulation to your attic, with the appropriate R-value, or resistance to heat flow, for your climate and the type of heating in your house.

Turn down your home thermostat two degrees and save 24 kilowatt hours a month. It might not sound like much, but it adds up.

Buy a programmable thermostat, especially if your home is vacant most of the day. Set it to turn on a half hour before anyone arrives home.

Adjust your thermostat to a comfortable temperature and wait. Turning your thermostat up or down dramatically wastes energy and increases your heating costs.

Lower your hot water thermostat 10 degrees, but no lower than 120 degrees. You'll still get all the hot water you need and save 25 kilowatt hours a month.

Fix leaky faucets -- one drip a second is 20 kilowatts a month.

Invest in weather-stripping kits if you've got drafty doors.

Trade your standard candescent bulbs for compact fluorescent bulbs. They are more energy-efficient, last for years instead of months, consume little power and generate little heat.
Turn off your computer when not in use, or use the energy-saving "sleep" mode.

Seal energy leaks. Caulk over cracks and small holes around windows and exterior walls. Look carefully around plumbing pipes, telephone wires, dryer vents, sink and bathtub drains and under countertops.

Participate in your power company's special energy-saving program. Some programs shut down electric appliances for short bursts of time during peak hours. You hardly notice the difference -- except in your bill.

Buy major appliances that sport the "Energy Star" sticker. That shows the appliance meets or exceeds standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Consider a front-loading washing machine. They use 50 percent less energy and one-third less water. Plus, they remove far more water in the rinse cycle, and that translates into big savings in dryer time.

When building a home or replacing a roof, select a roof based more on energy efficiency than on how it looks. Light-colored roofs, such as white, galvanized metal or cement tile, do the best job of reflecting the sun, and cool quickly at night.

Landscaping with the right mix of trees and shrubs can lower your energy bills by blocking winter winds or the summer sun.