Hold your arms straight out on either side of your body, shoulder height, palms up and doing little circles for a minute. Your deltoids, the three small muscles that connect your arm to your collar bone, shoulder and spine will start burning. Now reverse the circles and feel them burn even more.
Favourite Bodyweight exercise: Basic plank because it is a low impact full body exercise that doesn't require any complicated movement.
Lie face down. Shoulders in line with your elbows. Back straight. Heels together. Squeeze your butt and tummy muscles tight, try and hold for 30 seconds to start with (or 10). Keep breathing, think like a plank. You will feel that same burn in your whole body. Short pause and repeat.
Least Favourite: Without a doubt! Burpees. Full body and cardio workout. The guy in this video makes them look easy, which is another reason why I dread them.
Especially when instructors make me feel like I have to do a pushup in the middle, and the big jump at the end of each burpee. Push-ups alone are hard enough.
But you know what? When you get one right, or even a part of one right, they begin to feel good.
Your muscles no longer protest in pain but let you know they're working and getting stronger...And that's exactly how planks went from my least favourite to most favourite bodyweight exercise in the space of a few months... I might do the burpee challenge next month, then again maybe I'll work up to it for next Winter.
Try and do a google search of Bodyweight exercise full workouts, suited to your level of fitness or age group. Let me know how you go. I love fitnessblender.com and of course youtube for free and easy to follow home routines. No gym membership necessary.
Is there an exercise or some other example of something you once dreaded but learned to love?
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