Doing sports takes more time than not doing sports, that’s for sure. Nevertheless, if this is time which you take from your usual time on the couch, I personally see no reason not to do any sports.
In any case, I believe that doing sports will always be a matter of priorities and that everybody should be able to do it (admittedly, I can’t speak for parents, because I have no kids myself, but I’ve seen people combining it perfectly). I’ll provide some further insights on how to get sports into your schedule later, but I so far, I’d like to focus on an App that can make it way easier to fit sports into your schedule.
The app I’m talking about, is “Bodyweight Training: You Are Your Own Gym”, an app by Mark Lauren.
What is it?
In general, so-called “bodyweight training” is training that uses no equipment; your own weight provides the resistance for the movement.
Why I recommend it
I’m a huge fan of this app (and bodyweight training in general) for several reasons:
- You don’t need any equipment (apart from perhaps a gym mat, which can find very cheap these days, for example at SportsDirect or Decathlon -one tip: make sure you take one that’s thick enough- and sometimes some common items everybody has at home, such as a towel or a coffee table), which means you can do it at home;
- Mark Lauren’s exercises will -depending from week to week- only take you 16 to maximum 36 minutes per day, for mostly 4 times a week. Be honest with yourself: it’s not that hard to find 30 minutes in a day: that’s waking up 15 minutes earlier and going to bed 15 minutes later. Myself, I’m a fan of getting up early to do a workout.
- It’s for everybody: most exercises can be progressed or regressed to match the individual’s abilities. For example, if you’re not able to do push-ups, you can do “assisted push-ups” on your knees. And this is exactly why this app is so great: it provides guided programs for all levels. It’s actually supercool how he is able to let people progress slowly -before you know, you’ll be able to do some crazy exercises!
- The risk of injury is way lower compared to using free weights and machines, on the condition that you progress through the correct progressions and to not immediately skip to strenuous movements;
- As you can’t isolate one single muscle when doing bodyweight workouts (opposed to machines in the gym), you always train multiple muscle groups at once. Simple example: when you do a push-up, you are not only your triceps, but also your chest muscles and core muscles (girls: read “abs” 🙂 !).
- It’s amazing to see yourself evolve. I couldn’t do one push-up, nor a pull-up. Now I can do both.
What it looks like
This is what the app looks like:
For example, if you pick guided programs, you get the following choices:
Next, if you for example pick “basic”, this is what the first week of your scheme looks like:
The app is available in the App Store and Google Play Store for around 5 EUR/CHF.
Would you have any questions as regards this app, feel free to drop me a message. In any case, I recommend you start with one of Mark Lauren’s programs. If you’re a beginner, it might be a good idea to check some YouTube videos on how to perfectly perform some of the exercises (such as a squat) -even though Mark Lauren provides an explanation for all of the exercises. Over time, for sure, you’ll get better at performing the exercise correctly -which will give you even better results.