As a great follow up post to Thursday’s Tips to Boost Your Motivation, here’s a great exercise that’s challenging and convenient because it only requires your body weight to help you get fitter. And it’s got a fun name. 🙂
I’ve got a personal trainer now, James from G Force Home Training, and I’m learning a lot about nutrition and exercise. Recently, he told me about high impact exercises and we added them to my workout routine. High impact exercises are those where both of your feet leave the ground.
One example, which James has been having me do, is the burpee (see above).
There are many benefits to high impact exercises, not only can you do them anywhere (unless your shy) but also because they use gravitational force as well as your own body weight to increase your fitness.
To learn more about high impact exercises, along with some of their cons and who they’re best suited for, read this SparkPeople’s article, “Low Impact vs. High Impact Exercises: Which One is Right for You?”
In our last workout, James had me do a variation of the burpee. (Update: actually, he just corrected me that these are jump squats, oops!) I went into a squat position and used both my arms (in a swinging motion) and legs to propel me forward in a jump. I landed on both feet, bending my knees to absorb the impact. I did about 10 of these in a line, one right after the other. Two sets. Man, my legs were burning!
Ok, so burpees are a bit tough at first, but they really do a lot as they get your heart rate up as well as working a ton of muscles. The more I do them, the more fun they become!
Have you tried burpees? What are you waiting for? Stop reading this, get off your butt and try them!