Many of us have made New Years resolutions to lose the extra weight, but some of us don't have the money to afford a gym membership. So, no gym? No problem. We've come up with a ton of ways to use household products and structures you already have to get in a great workout from the comfort of your rental home.Let's review the bigger items first.
Walls: If you have a wall in your rental home or apartment, then you are already off to a good start for a workout. Stand with your back against the wall and your feet shoulder-width apart. Place your upper back against the wall and sit down into a squat. Hold this position for as long as you can, and prepare to feel the burn in your glutes, legs and core.
Stairs: If you're a tenant with stairs in your home, consider yourself lucky! Use the lowest step for a great calf exercise by standing on it with your heels hanging off the edge. Bring yourself up onto your tippy-toes, then lower your heel down, and repeat.
Chairs: Get in a great tricep workout with your sturdy kitchen chair. Begin by turning your back to the seat of the chair, and place your palms on the seat with your fingers facing forward. Bend your legs at a 90-degree angle (or straight out for a more intense workout), then bend your elbows to bring your glutes down to the ground. Be sure to focus on pressing the palms down into the seat, then push back up into the starting position. Repeat this a few times for a backward take on a push up.
Laundry Baskets: Fill 'em up with laundry, detergent, and other heavier items to add more weight to your make-shift weight. Begin by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart. Put the basket on the ground between your feet. Bend slightly at the hips, bend your knees and push your backside out. Be certain to keep your shoulders down, away from your ears, and your chest up. Pick up the basket as you keep your back straight and stand up straight. Do it all over again and again for impromptu deadlifts.
Now, on to the smaller items.
Milk Jugs: Assuming no milk has been drunk from it, one full gallon of milk weighs 8.5 lbs- the perfect weight for a good bicep workout. Hold one in each hand and alternate bicep curls, or lift them both above your head simultaneously for overhead presses.
Laundry Detergent Bottles: If you don't have dumbbells, don't worry! Laundry detergent bottles weigh about 7.5 lbs and can be used for great arm workouts.
Paper Plates: Want to add some intensity to your lunges? Stand on the floor with one foot on a paper plate, then slide the leg back and bend your knee until the opposite knee bends at a 90-degree angle. Slide back up and feel the burn.
Of course, any time you start working out, it's good to speak with your doctor to make sure you're healthy enough for physical activity. Nonetheless, exercise (even this free kind at home!) helps boost overall health and mental clarity. So, save your money and do your body some good.
Read more about ways to creatively use your rental home for projects in our other blog posts.