Many people live their day to day lives with loads of work with very little movement. Working in a sitting position can lead to bad posture. What little free time is left after a stressful day is rarely used for exercise to compensate for the long periods of immobility. Prolonged times of inactivity lead to loss of strength. The mind might still work just fine, but who really wants to work with an aching back? Activity does more than increase the body’s stamina and ability to function at its best, it also offers a balance to intellectual work. A wide variety of illnesses are either brought on or made worse through immobility.
Next to endurance training, there is strength training. Strength training is especially important for all the muscles that carry the body and keep a good posture. Running or riding a bike will not help in a reduction of an existing backache. That is why endurance training has to be balanced with strength training or functional training. Scores of people have a gym membership, but the reality is that those gym memberships go unused and do no real good.
Do you recognize yourself here? Do you have a stressful job that has you sitting down a lot, no time, or incentive to go to the gym? The answer lies in the activities you can do in the comfort of your home to stay healthy and fit. You can have a complete program of strength training at home.
Strength Training in Your Own Four Walls
In order to strength train at home, you already have the main tools: gravity and your own body weight. A mat on the floor helps to make exercises on the stomach or back more comfortable. Even a thick towel can do the job. Exercises such as the plank, squats, and push-ups are enough in the beginning.
The big advantage these exercises have is that you can easily alter them to make them harder or easier with slight shifts in posture or position. Push-ups can start with the knees on the floor, which is a very easy version of push-ups. To make a traditional push-up on the toes harder, you can stretch or lift one leg off the floor. To make such strength training at home exercises progressively more difficult, you can introduce small equipment such as a fitness ball, dumbbells, elastic bands, aeroSling® Sling Trainers and blackPack® Sandbags.
aeroSling® and blackPack® are designed to replace bulky fitness machinery. They can be used in nearly any home or apartment. The blackPack® is the clear choice for strengthening the back muscles. The possibility to fill blackPack® with either sand or water is a helpful benefit. Since those weights shift inside the blackPack® and create an unstable weight, they challenge the whole body including supporting muscles to engage fully and train strength and coordination at the same time. If you’re not ready to spend money on small training equipment, you can use everyday household items. A filled water bottle can replace dumbbells to train the shoulders. A chair is the perfect tool to use for dips. As you see, strength training at home works without weight towers or a bench press.
Strength Training with the aeroSling®
The aeroSling® is easy to install with the door anchor or the optional T-mount. You can exercise with the aeroSling® in nearly any apartment or home. One example is the assisted squat where aeroSling® can either make it easier or harder. Additionally, aeroSling® creates instability that your body counters by increasing coordination between muscle groups while strength training.
Strength Training with the blackPack®
The blackPack® is perfect for swinging, lifting, and pulling exercises. The ability to load blackPack® with water using the Loading Bags Aqua, makes blackPack® the ideal piece of equipment for strength training. Weight, level of instability, and the many ways to grab the blackPack® give you a complete free form training in exactly the level of intensity you desire. In order to exercise with blackPack®, you need very limited space unless you want to practice swinging exercises.