10 HOUSEHOLD ITEMS TO USE IN YOUR WORKOUTS

In these uncertain times, at home workouts are definitely the way forward. Yes, we can go outside for daily exercise but this should be in the form of a run, cycle or walk. With the shift to exercise indoors, many people have tried to gather some form of exercise equipment.

In many places gym equipment has seen price increases, are sold out or have long delivery dates. If you haven’t been able to purchase your favourite gym equipment, then not to worry, we’ve put together a list of household items you can use. Whether you’re working out by yourself or joining into our live classes. 

Be as creative as possible, as anything with some weight can be used. To help give you some inspiration, we have come up with the following items that should be in most households.

Check out the list below, we’d love to see your efforts if you have any ingenious ways of utilising items in your home.

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CANS

Baked beans, black beans, borlotti beans or any can. A really good alternative to dumbbells. Cans vary in size and weights so select to your liking. If you’re looking to go heavier, try a multipack.

WASHING POWDER

We’re talking about a big box of Bold or Persil with the handle on top. Great for exercises such as goblet squats or lunges. Simply hold to your chest.

WATER BOTTLES

The larger the bottle the better, as you can vary the amount of water within it. Fill with as much water as you want to increase or decrease the resistance. Again another great alternative to dumbbells. 

TOWELS

If you have laminate flooring, placing a towel under your feet can allow you to move quicker. Think superspeed mountain climbers. Alternatively you can slow moves down and increase the intensity that way, think a reverse lunge, slowly sliding back and drawing the leg back in. You could also wrap a towel around something solid such as a door handle and perform some rows.

BAG OF RICE OR PET FOOD

Simply hold to your chest, or hold a bag in each hand to complete a variety of exercises. Alternatively placing in a strong plastic carrier bag, you can make your own kettlebell for swings etc.

CUTLERY OR TOOLS TIED WITH AN ELASTIC BAND 

This one’s a little more creative, but certainly does the job. These can be used as hand weights. We would advise not to use knives.

A BACKPACK OR SUITCASE

Fill this with books, clothes or anything that can add some weight to it. You can determine how heavy you want to make your backpack, so if you want to go heavier, fill it right up. Wear on your front, on your back, press it above your head, there are multiple exercises you can do.

CHILDREN, PETS AND PARTNERS

Although we wouldn’t recommend you kettlebell swinging them around, you can certainly add some extra resistance. Children/pets are great to use as a weight to workout with for lower body exercises, and you can have a cuddle at the same time. Partners can be great for adding heavier or variable resistance, and you can take turns resting between sets.

CHAIR/SOFA

If you are fed up of sitting down for too long, then incorporate it into your workout. A chair is a really good piece of equipment that you can use for bodyweight exercises, check out our chair workout video. A sofa can be used in a similar way, with more ideas in this sofa workout. If you’re missing deadlifts, why not try deadlifting one side of the sofa. Maybe get someone ready with the hoover for your first couple of reps though.

STAIRS

The stairs, the unsung hero of a house. Versatile, solid and a great one to get the heart rate up. Simply run up and down the stairs to get that heart pumping. You can perform a range of strength moves at the bottom of the stairs, incline press ups, tricep dips, it’s also a good one for the glutes.

OUR HOME WORKOUT HUB HAS LOADS OF OTHERS IDEAS ABOUT STAYING ACTIVE, INDOORS OR IN YOUR GARDEN, YOU CAN ALSO JOIN OUR ACTIVE COMMUNITY AND SHARE YOUR OWN TIPS.