7 Household Items That Are Fitness Equipment in Disguise

Let’s be honest: between the clothes, gadgets and gym membership, working out can get seriously expensive. Luckily, you don’t really need any of those things to start leading a more active life. In fact, your home is filled with free fitness equipment—if you know where to look and how to use them.

DIY Workout Equipment: Use a towel as a resistance bandPhoto: ShutterStock

How to Use Ordinary Household Items as Fitness Equipment

A towel

One person’s towel is another person’s resistance band! Use a towel to help with stretching or for a killer arm workout. Looking for a leg challenge? On a smooth floor, assume the plank position with a small towel under each of your feet. Then, in a very slow and controlled manner, try gliding your legs apart and then back together again. Feel the burn!

A wall

You won’t find a home without at least four of these! Walls provide stability when you’re practicing some stretching, or working your quads and glutes by doing some wall-sits.

Stairs

Why invest in a StairMaster when you’ve got a perfectly good staircase at home? Walking or running the stairs is a great way to get your heart pumping and glutes burning—without spending a cent.

Soup cans, water bottles or laundry detergent jugs

Treat any of these household items like hand weights or dumbbells. Give your arms a major workout by doing some front raises, tricep kickbacks or overhead presses.

A broom

Besides sweeping, a broom can also give your core, hips and glutes a workout. Next time you’re sweeping the floor, shake things up by adding some hip hinges or oblique twists to your usual routine.

A chair

A sturdy chair (without wheels) can make an excellent addition to your workout routine, whether you’re trying to perfect your squats or practice some leg raises. Throw a second chair into the mix and practice some tricep dips. For an even greater challenge, check out this 5-5-5 Chair Workout that incorporates strength, cardio, and flexibility.

A countertop

Strengthen your arms and chest by practicing several sets of countertop push-ups. These are a great activity to sneak in while you’re waiting for water to boil or the oven to pre-heat.

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