10 Regular Household Items You Can Use to Exercise
When you don’t have the money, storage space or inclination to buy gym equipment, there are certain household items you can use to exercise instead. These are fantastic options for small apartments, cramped offices, or even hotel rooms. After all, just because you’re not in a wide open space, it doesn’t mean that you can’t exercise. You just need the right options.
Sure, some types of gym equipment can be great to use and if you have the budget and the extra room to dedicate to it, that’s wonderful. But when you’d rather use something you already have and when you’d rather not face the gym, then it’s good to know about household items you can use to exercise just as effectively. Plus, you’ll have the added advantage of feeling as though you’d have the approval of all those minimalist and eco-friendly influencers you follow on social media!
Top Items You Can Use to Exercise
The following are regular household items you can use to exercise and what you can do with them to help get fit and stay that way.
A typical kitchen or dining room chair is a fantastic workout tool, especially for moves like squats. Ideally, you’ll want one where the seat makes you bend your knees to a 90 degree angle. Start seated, stand with your arms straight out in front of you, keeping your posture. Lower back down until you’re only just barely touching the chair then stand again. Repeat 15 to 20 times. The key is to find one that isn’t on wheels or casters. That’s just an accident waiting to happen!
Benches with a seat low to the ground, such as garden benches, are great for doing dips. Just make sure the bench is stable and will hold your weight before you get started. Don’t forget that you can even use one of these options at your local park if there are benches along a path where people can have a seat and enjoy the green space.
Use this to help keep your balance during exercises that usually make you wobble. Moves that have you standing on one leg, for instance, can be done more effectively with a broomstick to help you balance until you build up your strength and balance skills.
Full laundry bag
When laundry day rolls around, use your full washing bag as an alternative to weights and get a bit of strength training done. Instead of dragging the bag or basket along behind you, heave it up and carry it. Try hoisting it above your head. Do some lifts out front. Get a workout as you head to the laundry room!
Laundry detergent bottles
Once you’re done with the laundry bag, your workout isn’t done. Grab the bottles (with the caps screwed on tightly) – especially full ones you have as backups – and use them while you complete step-ups or lunges. You can also save the empty ones and fill them with water or sand. This lets you choose how heavy you want them to be and increase the weight as you get stronger. Who needs kettle bells when you have laundry detergent bottles to work those muscles?
Towel and tennis ball or rolling pin
Foam rollers are great for easing out post-workout strains. That said, a rolled up towel with a tennis ball or rolling pin in the middle can be just as good.
If you have wood or laminate flooring, a floor mat’s sliding can be carefully used for front and side lunges or mountain climbers with one foot on the rug and one on the flooring. If you don’t have a mat, a beach towel can do the same job. Plus, it’s even easier to wash than the mat, in case it gets sweaty.
As long as you have one step in your home, you have a great piece of workout equipment. It can be used for step-style aerobics or to boost the challenge of your pushups or other plank-based moves. If you have a full flight of stairs or, even better, a stair well, you’re all set for an ultimate cardio workout as you (carefully) run up and down the steps.
Don’t have kettle bells? Consider a milk jug or two instead. These work the same way laundry detergent bottles do. Fill them as little or as much as is appropriate for your workout. Just keep those caps on tight.
No matter what’s inside, cans are great little hand weights that can boost the intensity of an upper body workout. Hold them in your hands as you do your workout for that extra little boost. Just remember not to open them right after your workout if they contain a carbonated drink!