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Calisthenics Simple Yet Effective Workout

Updated on August 3, 2017
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Having experience as a fitness instructor and working with top natural health professionals, I've learned so much and proud to share.

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, you save 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 a week. Calisthenics also compliments a simple walking or jogging routine.

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.

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Breathe Normally and Hydrate Often

You need to breathe naturally as you do each exercise. Don’t 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 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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Simple Exercises to Follow


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.

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 in your body that have problems. For example, dips are great for toning flabby triceps, 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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