I have always been a believer in doing exercises using your body weight. Most of these types of exercises are compound – meaning they work multiple muscle groups. You get a much better workout doing these than you would with any machines at the gym. Body weight workouts are also great for your cardiovascular system. You get your heart rate up and you burn more calories with compound exercises than you do when only concentrating on one muscle group at a time. Best of all, many of these exercises can be done anywhere so you can work out at home, on the road, during your lunch break, or pretty much anywhere!
I came across this video of 44 body weight exercises the other day and just had to share it. Some of these exercises are incredibly difficult, but you don’t have to do them all. There are plenty that beginners can do as well. Just pick some that are within your ability and get busy! As you get more and more fit you will find that you can move on to some of the more challenging ones. I hope to be able to do most of these some day.