We all know that we have to work out in order to stay healthy. This is even more important if we actually want to build up some muscle or tone up as well. However, we are also still in the grips of a global economic depression and a gym membership is a luxury that many of are unable to afford. Furthermore, the reality is that the majority of us that do actually have a gym membership end up not using it. We have lives to lead, jobs to go to and friends to see and there simply isn’t enough time in the day to also go to the gym. Luckily, however, it is likely that you already have everything in your own home to create a fantastic workout. No need for expensive home fitness equipment or gym memberships, just everyday household products that you are likely to have anyway.
Almost everybody has at least one bucket lying about at home somewhere. If you only have one, head to the shops and get yourself another one so you can have some balance. Water buckets make for fantastic dumbbells.
Water buckets are extremely useful dumbbell replacements. All you need to do is fill them with some water and use them as you would a pair of dumbbells. As you get stronger you can add more water.
One of the great things about this is that it is very easy to control your weights. One liter of water weighs exactly one kilogram, making it very easy to find out just how much you can lift. Plus, as you get stronger, you will know exactly how much water to add so that you are lifting heavier weights as you go along.
A chair is a hugely versatile thing and can be used for many things besides sitting on. With a chair, you can do a huge range of different exercises.
Use a sturdy chair to perform triceps dips, just as you would by using a bench at the gym. […] Just remember when you lower your body to not allow your elbows to bend to more than a 90-degree angle.
Essentially, you can use a chair as a bench for many types of exercises. If you do have a gym membership, take a look at how many things you can do on a bench and see whether you could replace the bench for a chair (and perhaps a bucket of water?).
Books also make for fantastic weights and it can really be an advantage to be a real bookworm.
While it might seem like a clunky option, a good thick hardcover book can be great for strengthening the core muscles. Look to a thick volume, such as a hardcover dictionary, to use in abdominal exercises such as crunches.
For instance, you could lie flat on your back, sticking your arms up in the air and holding the book. This is a fantastic way to workout your arms. Or, if you have a really heavy book, perhaps War and Peace, you could hold it to your chest as you are doing crunches. You do have to make sure not to strain your neck as you are doing that.
The most versatile item you will ever find in your household is a roll of string. There are so many things you can do with string that if you don’t have any yet, you may be inclined to run to the store and get some as soon as possible. The versatility of the string extends to workouts at home as well.
To work the forearms, tie a sturdy string to the middle of a small stick, pipe or other similar object. Securely tie a small weighted object to the other end. Holding onto the stick on either side of the string and with weight hanging down toward the floor, begin “reeling in” (lifting) the weight by repeatedly turning the wrists, until it reaches the top.
As your strength increases, you can change the object that you have tied to the end of your string, thereby forcing you to work even harder. Again, the water buckets may come in handy, although you may want to be ready to clean up a flew spills if you use that.
A Deck of Cards, a Towel and a Stool
Yes, you really can workout using a deck of cards! Combine it with a large towel and a stool and you will have the perfect workout tools at home. Plus, it is a lot of fun as well.
Flip a card then do the number on the card for reps and follow the exercises above for the suits. All face cards are equal to 10 Reps. When you reach the end of the deck, you’re done!
For instance, you could say hearts are push ups, diamonds are squats, spades are sit-ups and clubs are jumping jacks. If you are more advanced in your workouts, you could say that hearts are burpees, diamonds are mountain climbers, spades are atomic sit-ups and clubs are roll jumps. You could also decide that the face cards are different amounts of reps, like 11, 12, 13 and 14 for the Jack, Queen, King and Ace.
With the towel, you can do your cool down afterwards, which is also very important. Do some stretches and wipe up your sweat as you go along. And the stool is just to add a degree of difficulty or perhaps some aerobics for instance.
All in all, you can see that it is easy enough to do workouts at home without it costing you any money that you weren’t going to spend anyway. You could also use some packs of frozen peas, or you could use all those cans that you are likely to still have somewhere in the back of your cupboard. It is so easy to do so much at home! And you really will feel the burn, perhaps even more so as you would in the gym.