At-Home Calisthenic Exercises Equivalent to Hard Run: Study Equipment-Free Bodyweight Exercises – Squats, Burpees, Lunges – Tax the Body Like a Treadmill Run
By Main Street Sentinel Staff
A new study out of the University of Mexico suggests that you don’t have to go to the gym, buy expensive exercise equipment, or even leave the office to get the equivalent salubrious benefits of a hard run on the treadmill.
The leader of the new study, doctoral candidate Gabriella Bellissimo, sought to find out whether a quick bodyweight workout “can be called high-intensity exercise,” she said. And her work suggests that it does.
Ms. Bellissimo monitored the heart rates and oxygen consumption of 12 healthy 20- and 30-year-olds as they worked through two different kinds of interval training. In the first, the subjects alternated their pace on a treadmill for a total of 11 minutes. In the second, the participants performed 5 different bodyweight exercises over the same duration: high knees, squat jumps, scissor jacks, jumping lunges and push-up-free burpees.
After comparing the data and surveying the participants about muscle soreness a few days later, the study concluded that the bodyweight exercises were equivalently strenuous to the running intervals.
So if you don’t have the time to make it to the gym, the room for a treadmill at home, or the chance to leave the office – bodyweight exercises might be the workout for you.