Are Bodyweight Exercises as Effective as Working Out With Weights?

Dr. Oz has the answer.

Q: Are bodyweight exercises as good as working out with weights?

Oz says: For sure. Choices like push-ups, lunges, burpees, and planks — exercises done solely with your body as a weight — are a super-efficient way to get fit. "There's no assist from a machine or momentum, so you'll get the full benefit with every rep," says Jim White, a spokesperson for the American College of Sports Medicine. Plus, many exercises target more than one set of muscles at a time. For instance, lunges strengthen glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves, while also helping your balance. That means more of a workout in less time.

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This story originally appeared in the April 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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