“I don’t have any time.” Have you ever found yourself offering that response upon being asked if you workout? Or perhaps you muttered it to yourself in frustration as you tried to figure out how to squeeze a few trips to the gym every week into your busy schedule.
It’s unfortunate that additional responsibilities often lead to expanding waistlines as less time becomes available for physical activity. The truth is, a gym quality workout can be attained from home but most people don’t know what to do. With a couple of dumbbells and an exercise ball or a bench, hundreds of different exercises can be performed without ever leaving the house. Is your goal weight loss or leaning out? Then you must be thinking, “I need some kind of cardio machine don’t I?” The answer is no.
Then, with limited time and armed with nothing more than your own body weight and a pair of dumbbells, how do you lose fat and get toned? The most efficient way to accomplish this task is to train at a high intensity by incorporating a combination of explosiveness, speed and power to your workout AND minimizing rest periods. The basic idea is to train with your heart rate as elevated as possible (without compromising proper exercise technique) which induces maximum fat burning. And, since the workout incorporates resistance training (as opposed to traditional cardio), an increase in muscle occurs which also leads to a greater overall fat burning effect.
Of course, program design and proper execution are paramount to a successful quest to transform one’s body. The easy part is going out to purchase the dumbbells, floor mat and bench, but then what do you do from there? Many people seek out the internet for guidance. Sure, there is undoubtedly a wealth of free information about fitness on the internet, but that doesn’t mean that what somebody claims has worked for them will work for you.
For starters, the internet does not know your present fitness level and what your strengths and weaknesses are. Attempting to try a random exercise program is a recipe for injury, failure, or both. Therefore, a great place to start is by hiring a competent in-home personal trainer who can assess your present fitness level and prescribe an exercise regimen accordingly. A trained fitness professional will assist you in achieving your goals as quickly as possible while minimizing the risk of injury. Your golf game would become a great deal better under the instruction of a coach versus winging it on your own wouldn’t you say? The same principle applies to fitness.
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