HEALTH: Best Body Weight Exercises

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By Monique Bartlett
July 17th, 2013 Edition

When starting an initial exercise program the biggest problem seems to be that most people don’t know where to start or what to do, so they tend to do nothing at all. This is the worst thing you can do. Something is always better than nothing. Even if it’s just going for a walk to get your heart rate up, it’s still helping you make progress in looking good and feeling great.

The biggest misconception is that you need to go to the gym to lose weight. You can go to the gym if you choose but you don’t have to. Some of the best exercises are done with your own body weight and can be done with no equipment in a very small amount of space. It may sound crazy, but it’s true! My top 10 list is below:

1. Squats
2. Pushups
3. Sit ups
4. Plank
5. Jumping Jacks
6. Burpees
7. Lunges
8. Yoga
9. Pilates
10. Mountain Climbers

You may not initially know what all these exercise are or how to do them, however you can just start with two or three and once you build up your strength and endurance you can work on learning a new exercise. You can then add more exercises to your routine as you become stronger and increase your endurance. Master the exercises you know with good form and then increase your intensity and repetitions. It will not only help you to strengthen and tone, it will also increase your confidence, and help you to like what you see in the mirror.

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