Fitness and exercise can be a pretty expensive business if you consider the clothes, gadgets and gym membership you have to spend money on. The good news is that you don’t really need any of those things to start leading a more active life.
As a matter of fact, you have household items which you can use as fitness equipment—if you know where to look and how to use them.
While you may think of your towel as a tool for cleaning your body, it could actually be a resistance band. You can put your towel to good use by employing it for stretching or for a killer arm workout.
If you’re up for a leg challenge, assume the plank position with a small towel under each of your feet on a smooth floor. Then, in a very slow and controlled manner, try gliding your legs apart and then back together again. You should feel the fat burning!
A chair (without wheels) can make an excellent addition to your workout routine, irrespective of whether you’re trying to perfect your squats or practice some leg raises.
You can add a second chair into the mix and practice some tricep dips. Incorporating your chair into your workout routine will help improve your strength, cardio, and flexibility.
Strengthen your arms and chest by practicing several sets of countertop push-ups. You can perform this exercise while you’re waiting for water to boil or the oven to pre-heat.
There is hardly a home without at least four walls! Walls provide stability when you’re practicing some stretching, or working your quads and glutes by doing some wall-sits.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on a StairMaster when you can simply put your staircase at home to good use. Walking or running the stairs is a great way to get your heart pumping and glutes burning without having to spend a dime.
Soup cans, water bottles or laundry detergent jugs
You can put any of these household items to good use by making them serve as hand weights or dumbbells. Give your arms a major workout by doing some front raises, tricep kickbacks or overhead presses.
Asides sweeping, a broom can also give your core, hips and glutes a workout. Next time you’re sweeping the floor, shake things up by adding some hip hinges or oblique twists to your usual routine.