A No-Weight Workout
The Anywhere Workout continued...
Like Erenstoft, you also might work some simple equipment into
your regime. Both specially designed rubber bands and rubber tubing with
handles can add resistance, as can simple household items. "To increase the
resistance when you're doing squats, for example, you can do something as
simple as hold soup cans or milk jugs filled with water," says Bryant.
What's more, two of the hottest exercises around, yoga and
Pilates, also fit the "no weight" bill, says Rothenberg. Many of the
poses in yoga require using one's own body weight to load the muscles. Take the
"warrior" pose, for example. It's essentially a lunge, one that works
the muscle in the front of the thigh. Pilates is a series of exercises that
involve slow, precise moves -- either using your body weight or specially
designed machines -- to work your muscles. You might work your abdominal and
leg muscles, for example, by pushing against a bar on springs or by raising
your legs when they're attached (by straps) to a pulley.
Whether you choose to use some equipment or forgo strength
training tools altogether, what's most important is to find a routine that you
can stick with -- exactly what Eric Erenstoft has done. "Why go to a gym
and get angry at a set of metal plates?" he says. "I like what I'm
doing now, and it's working just fine."