Many people think that in order to get ripped or tone your muscles up, you have to go to the gym 7 days a week, 365 days out of the year. Well here’s an FYI for you, you don’t! Weight training or “resistance training” is an important part of being physically fit. That does not mean you have to go lift an absurd amount of weight, and yell and scream like some people at the gym do. For example…

 

For those of us that don’t have the time, or simply don’t want to go to the gym, there is another option. Simple body weight exercises, such as squats, pushups, sit ups, side lunges, lunges, among many other exercises can help us tone our muscles up.

resistance bands

Another form of resistance training we can do from home is used with a resistance band. You can find these at any sports store for relatively cheap. I would recommend buying a lighter, less resistant band for beginners. All you need is the band, and something to attach the band to. There are plenty of exercises that you can do such as shoulder press, bicep curls, back rows, tricep extensions and many more. Figure out some way to make a circuit ( a group of 3-4 exercises performed directly after one another) and get your heart pumping!

A three to four day program for 30 minutes, or two to three different circuits, a day is a great way to get started. Keep in mind, we need to continue to do cardio at least twice a week and eat healthy every day to get the muscularity that we want to see. Summers just around the corner, let’s get started!