5 Objects in Your Home To Use in Your Workout

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5 Objects in Your Home To Use in Your Workout

You don’t have to get a gym membership to stay fit. All you need is motivation, time and the right props to do have a killer workout in the comfort of your home. And by props I mean plain, regular objects most households should have. These home objects will allow you to sweat it out easily and time-effectively, so it can become a lifestyle rather than a one-off session. Here are 5 objects in your home to use in your workout.

1. Take the stairs

A flight of stairs can make for an amazing workout. The cool thing about it is you can either use it just or exercise your legs or as an aerobic step, for a full body workout.

For the workout, start by walking up and down the stairs from 3 to 4 minutes, just to warm up and test the territory (making sure your knees feel fine). Then, run up and walk down the stairs for another 3 minutes. Do 15 repetitions with a small breather after every two repetitions.

2. If you don’t have a partner, use a chair

For a great workout using just a chair, try reverse crunches. You can start by sitting on the edge of the chair. Grab the sides of the chair firmly with your hands, bend your knees and pull them upwards towards your chest, using your abdominals. Straighten your knees as you bring them down.

You can also do incline push-ups with a chair. Place your extended palms on the seat of the chair, put your feet in a plank position, and while keeping your body as straight as possible, focusing on the abdominals, start doing push-ups.

3. Use a wall for squats

No excuses with this one, as it’s pretty safe to say every house has one of these! To work on your squats, a wall is all you need. Firstly, put your back against the wall, and start squatting with your thighs parallel to the floor. Make sure you have your arms pressed firmly against the wall, sliding them up and down as the rest of your body does the same. Do 12 repetitions. Wall squatting will help you exercise your shoulders, bum and abs while going easy on your back.

4. Sandbags are great for building strength

It’s easy enough to get your hands on a sandbag. They are great to use in lieu of gym weights, and if you’re on a budget, you can even make one yourself. You could either use a big sandbag, or get smaller bags that you can attach to your ankles and wrist while doing aerobics or stretching, to add a bit of weight.

One of the best workouts you can do is performing squats with sandbags attached to your ankles and arms, to make it a tiny bit harder and more effective.

5. A basketball will help you feel the burn

You don’t have to a be a basketball fan to get fit with techniques of the game. One of the easiest exercises using a basketball is throwing it as hard as you can against a wall. Then, have your hands ready to catch it, running if necessary. Do at least 20 repetitions.

Another exercise you can do is stand with your feet apart enough to have a good grip of the floor. The ball should be behind your head. Now with strength, slam the ball into the ground, and quickly squat down to pick it up. Repeat as many times as you like.

It only works if you diet

One of the most important things to keep in mind is that what we eat has a profound impact in our overall wellbeing. Working out will definitely help you get fit, but if you don’t combine it with healthy eating habits, then it’ll be hard to see favourable results. If your goal is to lose weight, then it’s pressing you pair your workout with a diet. There are dozens of different diets out there to suit any preference. Remember it’s not about going on a crazy diet to then let loose, but rather choose one that you’ll be most likely to maintain in time.

With these easy household objects there’s no excuse to avoid working out. If you’re not big on the idea of a gym membership and always feel like you need more hours in a day, then start implementing these tips to get active on your own terms and time. Even if you can dedicate them 30 minutes each day, you’ll be on the right track for sure.

Ben has a passion for health, fitness and wellness. A healthy life is a happy life.

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