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12 Reasons to Try Bodyweight Exercises

Many people looking to lose weight, gain muscle strength, or simply feel better physically and mentally through physical exercise make the decision to join a gym. And that’s not a bad decision, since many gyms offer interesting and engaging classes, programs, and facilities that can help one reach their fitness goals.

But it’s not as if a gym membership is really necessary in order to accomplish this. In fact, many of the most effective exercises are those that use our own body weight and require nothing found in the typical gym, like weight machines, cardio equipment, a pool, or gymnasium. These bodyweight exercises utilize gravity and our own body weight to help us burn calories, shed fat, and build muscle. Now, let’s take a closer look at some great reasons to give bodyweight exercises a try.

1. They’re Convenient

You know what’s not particularly convenient? Having to leave the comfort of your home to burn a few calories and build a bit of muscle somewhere else (e.g., a gym). The good news is that, by using bodyweight exercises like push-ups, sit-ups, jumping squats, and the plank, you can accomplish everything you need without going anywhere.

And that’s hugely helpful for a number of reasons. For one, it means you don’t have to make an extra trip; something that should be appreciated by anyone who doesn’t live close to their gym. Second, you can forget about the weird feeling that comes with feeling like other people are watching you exercise. And finally, you can take care of things at home — like watching the kids or making dinner — while you get your workout in.

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