No Equipment? Strength Training with Common Household Items

January 9, 2015 by: King

Household-ItemsSounds like a pipe dream right? Being able to get fit without having to spend money on exercise equipment for your home or going to the gym and spending money for a monthly membership. However, what most people don’t realize is that before there were gym memberships, people were able to exercise everyday with what they had around the house and they stayed fit throughout their lives.

Get Moving!

The best way to start exercising is to get moving, warm your muscles up and get your heart rate pumping. Most people would go for a jog, or do stretches with weight resistance. However, you can just simply turn on a radio or CD player and get the same warm up as everyone else by simply dancing. You don’t have to be a professional dancer, or even know how to dance. Simply moving with the beat of the music and letting your heart rate increase from it’s restful state is enough to prepare yourself for an active lifestyle.

Bring it On!

There are several things to use for weight resistance if you really want to build up your back, arm, and leg muscles. For example, a soup can is perfect for just starting out. If you have a small pet, you can use the animal as well. For parents or other adults, just lifting your child/niece/nephew repeatedly will give you weight resistance. Lifting the laundry basket is also a great way to have weight resistance added. An old curtain rod that has some weight to it can be used for arm curls.

Air Guitar, meet Air Bicycle!

And next comes the part where gravity does it’s work. That’s right, you can use gravity to help your exercise routine as well. Seems silly right? Well by using your own body weight to counter your muscles while exercising, you decrease the risk of hurting yourself. After all, your muscles have to carry your body around, so it knows already how to warn you when it’s getting to the point of pain.

Chairs are not Just for Sitting

You can use your furniture as exercise equipment too. Standing up behind a stable chair and doing push-ups against it will build your arm muscles. Laying on the floor behind the couch with your legs against the back will help stretch your back muscles. Even lifting and rearranging the pictures on your wall will help keep your muscles stretching and moving.

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