5 Reasons to do Calisthenics every day.
Calisthenics is one of the oldest forms of exercise. It is also one of the most popular ways of getting into shape, and for good reason.
That being said not many people incorporate calisthenic exercises into their daily lives. Three months ago I started a simple calisthenic routine.
Below are 5 reasons you should train calisthenics every day, based on my experience within those 3 months.
1. Convenience: Let's be honest here. Exercising isn't always fun.
There will be days when you just don't feel like working out. But most of the excuses we often use to avoid going to the gym do not apply to calisthenics.
Your body weight is with you at all times. So even if you are away from home, you can still get a workout in.
You don't have to go to a gym, you don't need any equipment, and yes, you do have time. All you need is a 3' x 6' space. Which can easily be found in any home.
2. Functional Strength: This is the ability to move joints and ligaments under a load through the full range of motion.
Possessing this type of strength is often overlooked in the world of fitness today. With calisthenics: you are the weight, and getting better at moving yourself directly translates into daily life.
Just the basic fundamental exercises(push-up, pull-up, sit-up, body squat)are all you'll have to do to develop this type of strength.
3. Improved Cardio: Daily calisthenics is great for improving your heart and lung function.
A set of 10 push-ups, 10 pull-ups, and 10 body squats, all done in rapid succession with no rests in between will cause most people to breathe heavily, even if the person is in good shape.
While that is a more advanced way of working out the same effects will occur with a set of push-ups if your body is not accustomed to the strain. And just like functional strength, this also benefits daily life.
4. Endurance: This speaks more towards your tolerance for pain and discomfort. Building endurance will take time and some mental focus. But while your cardio and strength improve, so will your endurance.
It will hurt, but understand it is all a part of the process. "No pain, no gain", is an old saying for a reason.
You WILL have to push yourself at first. But after a while not only will you embrace the pain, you'll look forward to it.
5. Mental Benefits: Having a healthy mind is important, and daily calisthenics benefit more than just your body. If you've ever worked out before then you have most likely experienced some of these benefits already.
There are euphoric feelings that you get when you work out. Those feelings provide relief from stress and anxiety. You'll also feel better about yourself because you know you did something worthwhile.
It will be tough getting started sometimes as I mentioned at the beginning of the article, but soon enough you'll start to chase that feeling of accomplishment that comes from completing a workout.
Those reasons above are just the ones that stood out to me in my experience. I am a much better human being than I was 3 months ago. My strength, cardio, mobility, flexibility, endurance, and mental health improved drastically.
Daily calisthenics will change your life, and I am not just saying that. I know that.
Now you may ask, "Would I recommend this to someone brand new to exercising?"
Yes, I would.
Even if you can only do a couple of the basic exercises. There are beginner forms to those exercises that get your body accustomed to the movements.
So just do yourself a favor and start working out.
Your body and your mind will thank you.