Isometric Exercises 

If you want to get in shape and lose weight there are only two things you need.  Those two things are a good diet and exercise. 

There is no quick fix, no miracle drug and no surgery that will allow you to be a couch potato and eat whatever you want and still get in shape, improve your health, and lose weight.  You have lots of choices about what to eat to become healthy and what exercise program is right for you. 

A good, simple way to stimulate your muscles without lifting heavy cumbersome weights is with isometric exercise.  Isometric exercise as a form of weight training has been popular since the 1900s and is widely used by power lifters, weight trainers and other athletes. 

Isometric exercises are performed without movement while you are in a stationary position.  These exercises are great for older people and people suffering with arthritis and those people recovering from injuries that limit their range of motion.  Engaging in isometric exercises regularly may lower your risk of developing heart disease. 

The isometric exercises will give your muscles the same benefit as if you were lifting weights, however, it is an easier form of exercise.  It is a good way for a beginner to start slowly getting into an exercise routine. 

You can do your isometric exercise routine anywhere in just a few minutes, so you can get the benefits of this type exercise even with a busy hectic daily schedule. 

When you are engaging in isometric exercise you are relying solely on the weight of your body for resistance.  This can be both an advantage and a disadvantage.  The advantage is that you can do the exercises just about anywhere and you don’t need special equipment.  The disadvantage is that you will reach a point where you won’t be making any more muscle gains because you are only using your own body weight and are not able to add weight to your workout like you would if you were lifting weights. 

An example of an isometric exercise for your upper body is to locate an immovable object such as a wall.  Stand against the wall with your back straight.  Push against the wall hard using your arm muscles and having your palms facing the wall.  This exercise will help strengthen your upper body.  There is isometric exercise to strengthen your lower body muscles and isometric workouts for your abdominal muscles.  There is information available online for isometric exercise routines. 

To get into shape you not only need to incorporate exercise in your daily routine, you also need to pay close attention to your diet.  When you eat not only healthy foods, but the right amount of food, it will speed your weight training efforts along.  You will obtain more impressive results more quickly when you combine a healthy eating plan with your isometric exercises. 

Every day it seems that some new exercise program or diet program is being introduced.  One of the options for an exercise program is the isometric exercises.  This is an “old fashioned” exercise plan that is just as effective now as when it was introduced over 100 years ago.  Give the plan a try.  You may be surprised and pleased with the results.