Practical movement can be the best exercise and can be done at or around home.
Martial arts have long been a big part of my exercise regimen and they provide an excellent workout. You think about how good an exercise running is and then realize it's the same movement (more or less) over and over; martial arts involve many different movements, that together work all muscles, with every movement starting with the midsection. And they're done at high intensity as interval training, so they can do a lot of good in little time.
If you add weapons to the training you have the effect of hand weights, but with a much bigger variety of movements, because resistance comes more from inertia than gravity, which pulls straight down instead of resisting in all directions like inertia. Plus you get more bang for your buck because you also increase your ability to defend yourself. And you don't need to buy special martial art weapons: use things around the house you might defend yourself with, like a hammer for example. Just be really careful with it so it doesn't slip out of your hand and destroy your TV. And don't hit yourself in the knee.
I also do running inside my house sometimes; short sprints, up and down stairs and things like that get you exhausted pretty quickly. Getting down flat on the floor as fast as you can and then back up quickly is also excellent exercise, and good self defense practice.
Even things like housecleaning, laundry, and gardening can be good exercise if they're done right, and you get useful things done while you exercise. The same goes for walking or running or riding a bicycle instead of driving whenever you can. And when you do drive, parking far from the store to avoid getting door dings adds more exercise.
So if you want to buy special equipment for exercising at home go ahead, but you don't need it.
- 5/24/2014 11:23:12 AM