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.
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.
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.
2. Low-seated bench
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.
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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Floor mat
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.
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.
9. Milk jugs
Don’t have kettle bells? Consider a milk jug or two instead.
No matter what’s inside, cans are great little hand weights that can boost the intensity of an upper body workout.