Having trouble exercising properly in the absence of gym equipment? Whatever equipment you have at home, you can easily elevate your workouts by using common household items. If you can’t afford to go to the gym, don’t worry, because you don’t have to.
In fact, getting in a great sweat session doesn’t even require leaving the comfort of your own home.
Home workout equipment has recently been in short supply online, but don’t worry—you probably already have some great alternatives. Consider these common household items as exercise equipment.
The dining chair
By carrying out a few easy exercises, you can give a dining chair a purpose other than just seating or serving as a place to dump dirty laundry. With these, you can try triceps dips and push-ups. The tricep dip is an effective way to strengthen the muscles behind your upper arm, allowing you to gradually increase your overall flexibility.
When you do this frequently, your shoulder and arm muscles will become more stable, flexible, and range of motion, which will help you avoid injuries during workouts. This exercise is also extremely simple; imagine it as a reverse push-up. 5 sets of 20 repetitions is the recommended number of repetitions.
Water bottles (filled)
Using a full water bottle as dumbbells can be a fun way to exercise. Begin with smaller 500ml bottles before progressing to larger 1L or 1.5L bottles. Soap bottles and juice cartons can also be used. Just make sure they’re clean before you use them. Bicep curls, lunges, and squats are three exercises that can help you gain strength.
Burpees are among the best exercises because they train the upper and lower bodies, as well as endurance, in a systematic way. At home, the doorframe is the best substitute.
A pre-packed rice bag is easy to grip and use for overhead weightlifting, squats, and even planks. Larger rice bags can weigh up to 10 pounds, making for a strenuous workout. Exercises such as squats and weightlifting are recommended.
Full detergent bottles
Even though not everyone has a kettlebell at home, many people do have a heavy object with a big handle like a detergent bottle, which is great for both cardio and muscle building. Beginners should start with smaller 1L bottles before progressing to larger, bulkier 3L to 4L bottles like laundry detergent bottles.