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Calisthenics Simple Yet Effective Workout

Updated on January 4, 2018
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My work with top natural health professionals and experience as a fitness instructor teach me health tips that I am proud to share.

Simple exercises that use your own body as resistance to build strength and endurance.

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Calisthenics Saves Time and Money

Calisthenics consists of a variety of exercises you can perform without any weights or other equipment. They are simple exercises that use your own body as resistance to build strength and endurance. Doing calisthenics saves money because you don’t need a membership to a club or a full weight room to get your body in shape. The exercises take 10 to 30 minutes a day, and you can do them any time of the day. For an effective workout routine, schedule a minimum of three days of calisthenics and two days of cardio per week. Calisthenics also compliments a simple walking or jogging routine. The exercises are hard to do at first but keep your focus on what you are doing and practice.

Start Slowly and Build Stamina

Don't underestimate the intensity and physical demands of performing calisthenics. Even the most skilled athletes know calisthenics is tough to perform at first. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned athlete, ease into the exercises even though they look easy. Perform the calisthenics at an intensity level that’s moderate for your body. Any time you feel shortness of breath, dizziness, discomfort or pain, stop the exercise routine and reassess your ability to perform at that level. You can start calisthenics at any level and increase your overall stamina, strength, and poise for the rest of your life.

You can start calisthenics at any level and increase your overall stamina, strength, and poise for the rest of your life.

Breathe Normally and Hydrate Often

You need to breathe naturally as you do each exercise. Though, you don’t want to concentrate on breathing. Let the body naturally breathe in air. This helps the performance of each exercise. Exhale when the body feels the need to let air out without holding your breath. Holding your breath will raise your blood pressure, causing unnecessary health problems. Pace our movement with the body’s breathing, so you’re not going too fast becoming short of breath or too slow where the lungs never expand and increase oxygen intake. Drinking water while you exercise is very important, too. Don’t drink water when you’re thirsty. Drink it before you’re thirsty. Purified water is the best.

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Put a Zing in Your Workout Program

Getting bored with your exercise routine? Put a zing in your workout by adding calisthenics. It not only adds interest, it also strengthens and builds endurance in the body. The benefits of modifying your workouts can’t be stressed enough. Personal trainers worldwide speak enthusiastically about overcoming workout plateaus with calisthenics. Choose from the five standard exercises to add some variation: sit-ups, push-ups, dips, leg raises and jumping jacks. Rotate them by the week or month and you will notice the change in your body.

Gyms are great for an occasional workout, but make calisthenics your foundation and achieve your fitness goals.

Calisthenics in Workout Routine

Develop a new workout routine with a trainer or by yourself and place several calisthenic exercises in the routine. It is a sure fire way to make sure you get the best workout each time you hit the gym. You can even take some workout classes and ask the teacher to indicate any calisthenic exercises during the class. Professional trainers don't always think in terms of what type of exercise they are having you do - they are just telling you to do it. So, it's important to ask, so you are aware of what your body is doing. That way, you will learn some new calisthenics to add to your routine.

Best Way to Achieve a More Toned Body

Calisthenics training is the best way to achieve overall strength conditioning of the body. Carrying out these exercises can help specific areas of your body that have problems. Allowing you to concentrate on helping your body get better naturally. For example, dips are great for toning flabby triceps, push-ups are for the chest, and sit-ups tighten the soft belly. Gyms are great for an occasional workout, but make calisthenics your foundation and achieve your fitness goals.

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