Whether you had your routine before lockdown or not, being stuck at home makes exercise quite challenging these days…
Let’s be honest. It’s far easier watching Netflix or checking endless distressing news headlines than it is doing planks and push-ups.
Yet, in the current situation of increasing uncertainty it’s even more crucial to kickstart a proper work out routine to become stronger physically, physiologically, and mentally.
And one of the most powerful ways to not only become physically healthier, but also get mentally and psychologically stronger, is working out with kettlebells.
In fact, kettlebells are one of the most powerful ways to do weightlifting at home and get remarkably fast results.
As Tim Ferris said in The Four-Hour Body:
The king of exercises – the two-handed kettlebell swing—is all you need for dramatic changes.
Unlike any other workouts, the simple Kettlebell offers an accessible and complete training program for anyone at all levels without any gym equipment.
It helps you improve your body composition, increase whole-body metabolism, amplify heart health, and lower blood pressure.
But most importantly, it helps you fight depression, become mentally stronger, more resilient to life challenges, and regain balance.
The Kettlebell originated as pyramid-shaped weights to measure grain and meat, it was turned into a tool for strength training for so-called Russian Strongmen.
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And this cannonball can become your ultimate tool to walk out of lockdown as a healthier, mentally stronger and happier person.
And here are 4 scientifically proven reasons why you want to start working out with kettlebells.
1. Improve Whole-body Metabolism
Back in 2008 researchers from Boston University published a study on type II muscle fibers that the human body builds when you lift weights. And this particular type of muscle improves whole-body metabolism and reduces body fat.
Ready for another slice of pizza without guilt? Build your type II muscle by lifting weights.
2. Elevate Depressive States
Most people believe that aerobic activities such as running and swimming are the best exercises for alleviating depression.
Yet numerous researchers of clinical psychiatry have proven that anaerobic exercise such as weightlifting helps fight depression much more effectively.
So if you feel overwhelmingly stressed or a little bit down these days, weightlifting is your way out.
3. Become Mentally Stronger
Weightlifting isn’t just a physical exercise. It develops the skill of perseverance, the ability to overcome internal discomfort and become more resilient.
Working out with Kettlebells mimics high-intensity situations, and when you persistently decide to overcome that physical challenge, it enables you to overcome any challenge in your life.
Isn’t what we all need these days?
4. Improve Balance
Apart from the fact that working out with kettlebells helps you develop your stabilizer muscles, it actually helps you become more balanced on multiple levels.
As you learn how to stabilize your body and maintain balance during your workouts, suddenly you find yourself balancing on one foot and walk out of any hardship with greater resilience.
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If you don’t have your own kettlebell, you can try these substitutes:⠀
- A bag of potatoes, onions or fruit – (wrap them tight you don’t want to bruise your food!)
- Jug of milk/water – any water bottle with a handle works great. (Plus, you can adjust the weight by adding or removing water.)
- A simple tote bag will work in a pinch – just make sure you don’t put too many things in there and remember to twist the handles so nothing flies out mid-workout.
Have you ever tried working out with kettlebells? Share your experience in comments.