Many common household items can double as exercise equipment for fitness. What a great way to save money and have the convenience of needed exercise equipment right at home. The following are items from around the house that can help you stay fit. Note: Before starting “ANY” workout regiments or working out with any of these items, consult your physician. You should always take your physician’s guidance on what is right for you and your body.
1.Soup Cans-Make great hand weights of varying sizes.
2.Water Bottles-Another option for hand weights. For added hand weight, drink the water and fill the empty bottles with sand.
3.Gallon Jugs-Good for dead weight carries and other similar exercises. Water jugs generally best because the liquid inside does not require refrigeration.
4.Pool Noodles-Work well with back and other stretching exercises and as soft items to jump back and forth over (PECentral.org).
5.Towels-Another option for jumping back and forth over and to use for stretching (Women’s Health).
6.Basketballs-Substitutes for medicine balls.
7.Sleeping Bags-Use the rolled up bags for log rolls (Suite101.com)
8.Pantyhose-The stretchy nylon makes for good resistance bands (WebMD).
9.Books-Great for bicep curls (3FatChicks.com).
10.Toy Balls or Kickballs-Use these balls for leg and thigh squeezes (The Dollar Stretcher).
11.Tires-Small truck tires are especially good for tire flips (The Art of Manliness).
12.Masking Tape-Put several long strips of masking tape straight across the floor for a makeshift balance beam (Nashville Vision Therapy).
13.Laundry Baskets-Filled with clothes, these are good for some dead weight lifting exercises (Fitbie).
14.Brooms-These sweepers can be used for abdominal twists, overhead lifts, and more (Fitbie and WeightTraining.com).
It truly is amazing what everyday items can be used in place of buying exercise equipment. What do you use from your home to exercise that is not on this list?
If you are looking for exercises that you can do without any equipment, Physically Fit with Equipment will be a big help.