With all the knowledge that’s out there now about exercise, there’s really no excuse for not achieving your fitness goals. And here’s the good news – to have a killer body, you don’t have to belong to a gym or own fancy equipment. There are many exercises you can do in your own home with common household objects. Here are four items you can use that replace expensive gym gear:
- Milk Jugs:
One full gallon-sized jug of milk weighs about 3.8 kilograms, which is perfect for giving your arms a good workout. Try doing 2 or 3 reps of 10 bicep curls holding one jug with each hand. You can also hold one jug with both hands and do overhead presses. (This also works with laundry detergent bottles).
Here’s a crazy idea, instead of using the stair master, use the original product – stairs! Just 30 minutes of walking up and down the stairs burns 175 calories.
You can get a full-body workout using a simple dining room chair. For toned arms, try triceps dips. Stand in front of your chair with your back to the chair. Slowly lower yourself down until your legs form a 90 degree angle, and place your arms behind you, gripping the edge of the chair’s seat with your hands. In controlled movements, raise and lower your body to form a 90 degree angle with your arms. Aim for 3 sets of 12 to 15 reps.
- Your body:
You already have a fabulous piece of gym equipment with you wherever you go – you! You can use your body weight for all types of strengthening and toning exercises. You can find tons of yoga, Pilates and kickboxing routines online as well as other exercise moves you can do easily at home, such as burpees, squats, pushups, and high knees. If you don’t have a gym membership or haven’t gotten around to outfitting your home with some dumbbells or bands, you have to train with your own body weight.