The weightless exercise routine
We all want to try and keep after our fitness regime as best as possible but there is the matter of being able to carve time out from our day. There is never enough time for most everything we need to do. Lucky for you there are several “weightless exercises” you can do when you can’t make it down to the gym to do reps.
Much like it sounds, this exercise is a great way to strengthen the legs without the need for machines. Stand with your back to the wall and then slide down as though you are sitting; just without the chair. “Sit” for 60 seconds with your thighs parallel to the ground or until you can’t take it anymore.
Stand with your arms out straight in front of you. Elevate your right leg to the same plane as your arms. Then lower your left leg while keeping your right leg elevated. Return to standing and swap legs if you can stand it.
Another dip style exercise you can do only requires a desk, bench or something to put your hands on. Sit with your back to the surface and place your hands atop it. Then push up your body from behind as you straighten your legs as much as possible.
Bicycle: One of the worst things is when it’s too rainy or cold to go out riding. But never fear you can do the bicycle in the comfort of your own living room. Lie with your back on the ground, elevate your legs, cradle your head with your palms and bring your right elbow to your left knee and reverse; as though you were out riding.
Sit with your legs out straight in front of you and your palms on the ground beside you. Then get to lifting! Lift your body up with your sheer strength and then hold for 5 seconds.
Another great exercise, this could be called the “shadow boxer” as much like it sounds it’s all about the perceived bit of boxing; as though you were flying like a butterfly and stinging like a bee.
This is a favorite for people who don’t reach full extension often enough. Using your arms like they were a windmill, swing yourself around going in one direction with your arms opposite one another while in motion. To really make things fun you can also then reverse.
There are so many other great weightless exercises you can do; sit ups, push ups, jumping jacks; that you really can go with whatever type of fitness works for you. What are some of your favorite weightless exercises to employ when you can’t get out to the gym?
Contact Fitness Director Kris Geier for more information:
Phone: (914) 752-6910