Best Apartment Living Workout: Calesthenics

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Residents can remain active while living in their Woodland Crossing apartment in New Bern, NC — all you need is a mat and the willingness. At one time, a calisthenics workout was included in all schools to keep young people strong and flexible. Now that the colder temperatures have arrived, you can keep all that summer activity progress you've made by investing in 30 minutes and a few inexpensive items — and you don't have to worry about disturbing your neighbors.

Equipment for a Home Gym

You really only need a floor, a chair, and a wall to do most calisthenics workout routines, but if you are one of those that prefers exercise equipment, a few pieces of basic workout gear will give you your own home gym and better results, faster:

  • cushioned yoga mat
  • resistance bands
  • exercise/balance ball
  • dumbbells or barbells
  • ab wheel
  • adjustable bench

Even without this equipment, you can get a full exercise routine accomplished, just by using your body weight to do sit-ups, pushups, lunges, planks, crunches, and leg raises. 

Bodyweight Workouts

While doing a calisthenics or bodyweight workout, you will get maximum cardio benefits by increasing the intensity or speed of each set of exercises. With the below-listed bodyweight workout, expect to set a reduction in body fat, an increase in muscle definition, more flexibility, and a fair amount of cardio conditioning. Always warm up first by fully stretching all the major muscle groups. For a beginning routine:

  • 10 squats
  • 20 sit-ups
  • 5 push ups
  • 20 walking lunges
  • 20 crunches
  • 15 second plank
  • 30 jumping jacks

These calisthenics are low impact, so they are easy on joints — and they all can be done without any home equipment. Calisthenics technically qualifies as strength training, but you can always add walking in your neighborhood or biking in your apartment's fitness center for added heart benefits.

According to WebMD, "Aerobics, strength training, and flexibility/balance training — these are the components of any good fitness program, for people at any age and fitness level."

Find your new apartment home to stay active and healthy by visiting Woodland Crossing in New Bern, NC. Be close to everywhere you want to be while enjoying our amazing amenities, including a resort-style pool with sundeck, private patios and balconies, and a 24-hour fitness center.

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