Saturday, September 15, 2012
Two Great Gym-Free And Equipment-Free Exercises
A while back, I tried to give up my gym membership and the $30 per month it was costing me. I failed miserably at this task. I don't talk about it a ton here, but I used to be a amateur competitive bodybuilder in my teens. I started working out at 11 years old and competed in my first contest at 14 years old. I thought about including a picture of myself backstage at that first contest for the context of the article, but none of you readers want to see me in a male bikini. Trust me!
A Gym Expense Might Be Worth It
I started working out a a gym when I was only 13 years old, and actually had to have my parents sign off on a liability form. I've been working out at a gym ever since. I find a gym to be a worthwhile expense, so don't get me wrong here. It's not only a very small price to pay for better health, and one could almost consider it a cheap health insurance policy, but the gym is also a great place to meet like-minded people. There's been many days when I've gone to the gym and felt like crap. "Why am I here? I don't feel like working out at all today!". But, being at the gym and seeing so many people getting their workouts in motivates me to do the same.
Or Is It?
But, let's consider the math on that seemingly small monthly expenditure. I only spend $30/mo on my gym membership, but this seems to be less than the national average. According to this site, the monthly average gym membership costs in the U.S. are currently $55 per month. So, that's the number I'm going to use.
At $55.00 per month, that's $660 per year. You'd need to have $16,500 invested in dividend growth stocks generating an average of 4% yield to cover that yearly expense.
So, is that gym time worth $16,500? Only you can answer that. If you're able to save $1,000 per month, that's almost an extra year and half of work to go to the gym for the rest of your life.
What's Most Important!
The most important thing is that you're staying in shape. A gym isn't necessary for one to keep in shape and exercise. The primary reason I believe I failed at giving up my monthly gym membership is the fact that I found it hard to perform muscle-building exercises without a fully equipped gym. But, I recently discovered a couple exercises that can give you a full-body workout with no equipment at all.
Check them out:
So, the above video shows how to do the Burpee. Essentially, it's a push-up followed by immediately getting on your feet and jumping in the air. You then get back down into your stance to do a push-up and repeat it as many times as you can. Trust me, it looks easy but it isn't! This is pretty hardcore.
The Bird Dog
And that is the Bird Dog exercise. It's a great way to build the body's core, and give your abs and ancillary support muscles a great burn. This is another exercise that looks easier than it is. If you do this after doing a 3 or 4 sets of Burpees you'll be wondering why you ever needed a gym to keep you in shape. If you want an advanced version of the Bird Dog you can support yourself on your toes, and stay elevated like you're doing a push-up, instead of supporting yourself on your lower legs.
Try Them Out!
If you include these into a routine of gym-free cardio exercises like jogging you'll be fit and trim for free. You need nothing other than motivation and perhaps a decent set of shoes to do the exercises I've listed here. So, get to it!
Disclaimer note: Please consult your physician before engaging in any physical exercise.
What about you? Do you work out? If you do, at the gym or at home? What do you think of these exercises?
Thanks for reading.
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