Household Items That Can Double As Exercise Equipment

You do not need to spend so much in buying for gym equipment to turn your home into a fitness hub.  To get a fabulously fit body, you can utilize several equipment at home as exercise or workout tools. If you are planning to do exercise without hitting the gym, consider and use the following home staples.

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  1. Hand towel

The simple cloth you use to dry your hands after washing can give an extra boost on your bodyweight routine.

  1. Dining chair

A chair is a multipurpose piece of exercise equipment you can use at home. You can use this for tricep dips or do squats with your back facing the chair and the top of one foot bent back and resting on the seat. You can also perform chair leg raise. Follow these easy steps in doing this workout.

  • With the dining chair at the left side with the back facing you, stand up with your feet together.
  • Place your left hand on the back of the chair for support and lift your right leg in front of you.
  • Keep your right leg straight and lift it as high as is comfortable.
  • Repeat as necessary, then, turn around and switch position. This time you are holding the chair with your right hand for support and lifting your left leg.
  1. Soup or sauce cans

You can use this kitchen staple similar to using lighter dumbbells. You can do front shoulder raise and shoulder presses. Follow the procedures in doing these workouts.

For front shoulder raise:

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  • Hold one can in each palm and face your palms down.
  • Raise straight arms up to shoulder height in front of you then lower down.
  • Do 8 to 12 repetition per set as part of your bodyweight circuit workout in your living room.

For shoulder presses:

  • Stand upright with feet together.
  • Hold a soup or sauce cans in each hand.
  • Lift your hands up even with your ears, with your elbows bent at roughly 90 degrees.
  • Press your hands up and over your head until your arms are straight up but be sure that your elbows are not locked.
  • Lower your hands down until your elbows are again bent at roughly 90 degrees. When you do this, squeeze your shoulder blades together. Repeat.
  1. Paper towel roll

Use this to get some cardio workouts at home. Just place a roll on the floor and jump back and forth over it for 60 seconds, getting your knees up as high as possible.

  1. Bottle of Laundry detergent

The handle of laundry detergent bottle is a useful tool for doing home workout. Do this workout called as woodchoppers by following these steps:

  • Begin by pointing your toes forward, your feet space about shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent.
  • With both hands, grasp a weighted object with hand and extend your arms downward so you are holding the bottle over your right thigh.
  • While you keep your arms extended, lift the laundry detergent bottle up and across your body so you end up holding it over to the left of your left shoulder.
  • Keep your abdominal muscles tight throughout the movement then repeat this process using the other side of the body.
  1. Duffel bag or gym bag

Bring out unused duffel bag and use it as your workout tool. Do the bicep curls.

  • Fill your bag with clothes or things that you are not using or you want to get rid of. Make sure it is heavy enough to feel challenging to carry. As you continue with this workout, you can add more things inside the bag to make it heavier.
  • Stand up with your feet shoulder –width apart.
  • Grasp the handles of your duffel bag in front of you with both hands, with arms extended toward the floor and palms facing away from you.
  • Lift your hands upward toward your chest, holding elbows stationary at the side of your abdomen. Do not lean back when lifting the duffel bag.
  • Lower your hands back down and repeat as necessary.

The other way to do it is by holding the duffel bag handles with one hand and curling the bag with one arm.

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