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The Most Effective And Equipment Free Ways To Build Muscles

The Most Effective And Equipment Free Ways To Build Muscles

Do you want strong muscles and a sleeker physique? Are your days so packed that you can’t find the time to go to the gym? Do you need a faster, easier way of getting your workout in? The answer is right here — bodyweight exercises.

Bodyweight exercises have been shown to help teens, men and women build muscle without having to go to the gym or even buy expensive fitness tools. All you need is your body, time, and determination.

Below are some of the most effective bodyweight exercises that don’t require any extra tools. These are so effective that even the military uses them. I’ve also added some videos so you can see just exactly how you’re supposed to do each move so you’re never left wondering what proper form looks like. Remember that you can do all of these together in HIIT style, or alone for more concentrated results. I also advise you to consult with your doctor before starting any new workout routine.

Ready? Let’s get started.

Squat

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Scott Hermann Fitness Squat 1

    Squats are one of the best ways for anyone to strengthen their glute and leg muscles. As you can see from the pictures above, you want to make sure that you keep your legs shoulder width apart and that you keep your posterior parallel to the floor when you squat. Controlling your movements like this will ensure that you keep your balance and proper form.

    Benefits:

    • They release the hormone testosterone, which is essential to promote the growth of muscle fibers.
    • Strengthens the bones in the legs as well as connective tissue, which means there’s a reduced risk of injuries.
    • Helps you maintain your balance by ensuring that you always know where your center of gravity is.

    Burpees

    Scott Herman Fitness Burpee 2

      Burpees are the ultimate all-over body workout in one exercise. It also burns a lot of calories per minute. If you’re new to this exercise, take it slow and make sure you’re keeping proper form like shown in the photos above. Once you’re comfortable with your form, try to do as many burpees as you can within a five-minute window for an exhausting, but rewarding, workout.

      Benefits:

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      • Great for conditioning for any endurance sport.
      • Works all the large groups of muscles in your core, arms, and legs.
      • Will make push ups and squats easier as isolated exercises.

      Push-ups

      Push ups are the number one way to strengthen your core and arm muscles. It’s important to remember when doing this exercise to keep your spine neutral and rigid. If you allow your back to sag while doing the push-up, you could seriously injure yourself. Try doing push-ups with the help of a mirror to ensure you have the correct form.

      Benefits:

      • Will strengthen your bones as you age, which will decrease your chance of osteoporosis.
      • Increases your metabolic rate both during and after your workout.
      • Strengthens, tightens, and tones your core.

      Wall Sit

      This exercise is perfect for people who want to build their back muscles. It’s also very simple. Just find a wall and pretend that you’re sitting on an invisible chair. Make sure you keep your legs together and your back straight while you’re doing this exercise. Try to hold the position for at least a minute.

      Benefits:

      • Strengthens your back, as it engages support muscles while you’re doing the exercise.
      • Acts as a meditative exercise and incorporates flexibility into your workout.
      • Will increase your endurance in all other areas of your workout.

      Plank

      This is probably one of the hardest exercises on this list, but it’s also one of the most beneficial. Try to keep your body in a straight line while doing the plank. Make sure to keep your forearms on the ground.

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      Benefits:

      • Will safely strengthen your core, which is actually made up of 29 groups of muscles.
      • Perfect for people with back issues because it doesn’t require any more steps than just holding the position.
      • Corrects your posture with noticeable effect.

      Lunge

      Lunges are very similar to squats except that they isolate the muscles in each leg, toning the muscle groups by concentrating your attention on one leg at a time. If you’re a beginner and need help balancing, put your hands on your hips. This will help you with the exercise. When you feel more comfortable, move on to lifting your hands over your head. This will improve your balance.

      Benefits:

      • Strengthens muscles from your legs to the small of your back in one continuous exercise.
      • Can be used as a stand-alone HIIT workout for maximum results.
      • Creates a strong core when hands are held over the head, leaving the core to work harder.

      Glute Bridge

      Scott Herman Glute Bridge 2

        This is an exercise that focuses your attention on your core muscles, but don’t be fooled — it’s possible to also strengthen your legs and arms with the glute bridge. When performing this exercise, focus on keeping your back as neutral and as rigid as possible when pushing your posterior to the sky. This will ensure proper form.

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        Benefits:

        • Reduces back and knee pain by strengthening the muscles in the back, taking the pressure off of your knees.
        • Improves your posture by engaging the erector spinae, a set of muscles that sits at the small of your back.
        • Conditions your body for better athletic performance.

        These, again, are very basic bodyweight exercises. With time, you’ll be able to move into more advanced versions of these same exercises, which means you can keep challenging yourself to do better!

        Featured photo credit: Scott Web for Unsplash via unsplash.com

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        How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

        How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

        When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

        So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

        1. Exercise

        It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

        2. Drink in Moderation

        I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

        3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

        Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

        4. Watch Less Television

        A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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        Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

        5. Eat Less Red Meat

        Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

        If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

        6. Don’t Smoke

        This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

        7. Socialize

        Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

        8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

        Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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        9. Be Optimistic

        Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

        10. Own a Pet

        Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

        11. Drink Coffee

        Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

        12. Eat Less

        Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

        13. Meditate

        Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

        Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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        14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

        Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

        15. Laugh Often

        Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

        16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

        Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

        17. Cook Your Own Food

        When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

        Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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        18. Eat Mushrooms

        Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

        19. Floss

        Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

        20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

        Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

        Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

        21. Have Sex

        Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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        Reference

        [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
        [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
        [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
        [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
        [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
        [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
        [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
        [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
        [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
        [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
        [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
        [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
        [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
        [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
        [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
        [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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