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Household Items That You Can Substitute For Fitness Equipment

Maybe you're just getting into fitness, and you don't want to invest in equipment just quite yet. Perhaps you like to keep your home as clutter-free as possible. Whatever the situation is, you can still get an excellent at-home workout without spending a ton of money (or using a ton of space) on the fitness equipment. Just use the first heavy thing you see near you. Well, technically, yes. But some items are more comfortable to use than others. Here's what to go for.

Household Items That You Can Substitute For Fitness Equipment

Canned food.

If you raid your pantry, chances are you have a few ripe and ready food cans lying around. The great thing about tins is that their exact weight is written on them, much like dumbbells. Food cans are the perfect beginner's item because 16oz (one of the standard sizes) is equivalent to 1 pound. To increase your weight, fill up a tote bag with cans.

Household Items That You Can Substitute For Fitness Equipment

Laundry detergent.

Unused jugs work best as they'll weigh more, but it's fine to use a half-empty jug if you were looking for a lower weight anyway. The great thing about laundry detergent jugs is that they're often designed with super convenient handles for carrying. If you prefer powdered detergent, you can use a milk or juice jug instead.

Household Items That You Can Substitute For Fitness Equipment

Books.

It's harder to gauge the exact weight of a book, so use your judgment to find one (or a few) that seems challenging to you. Or pop them on a scale if you want to be exact. Books are great because they're a convenient size and shape to hold. Choose hardcover books for extra weight.

Household Items That You Can Substitute For Fitness Equipment

Towels.

They're not just there to dry you off after your post-workout shower. Towels also make excellent resistance bands and sliders. You can use your towel for simple resistance band stretching exercises or as a slider for ab exercises like mountain climbers.

Household Items That You Can Substitute For Fitness Equipment

Dog pull toys.

If you're a dog owner, you can borrow one of your dog's pull toys to use as a resistance band as well. Want to make your workout more fun while spending some quality time with your pooch? Engage your furry friend in a game of tug of war! You'll both benefit.

Household Items That You Can Substitute For Fitness Equipment

Chairs.

Your dining table chair is a surprisingly versatile piece of furniture. Of course, you can sit on it, but it's also great for triceps dips, and leg raises. Be sure to wipe it down post-workout.

Household Items That You Can Substitute For Fitness Equipment

Beach towels/rugs.

Have you been putting off stretching because you don't have a comfortable place to do it? Lay a beach towel or find a comfortable spot on a rug in place of an exercise or yoga mat. These items will also make floor exercises like sit-ups and push-ups more comfortable.

Household Items That You Can Substitute For Fitness Equipment

Stairs.

If you live in a multi-level house, you've basically got a built-in gym! Spend some time walking or running up and down your staircase for a simple yet effective cardio session.

Household Items That You Can Substitute For Fitness Equipment

You don't need a gym membership to get fit when you're probably surrounded by equipment.

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