6 Home Items You Can Use for Your Workouts

It’s been more than a month since gyms closed and most of us have resorted to doing workouts at home. If you miss using gym equipment, there are some items you can find at home that can enhance your exercises. 

We’ve compiled six household items you can incorporate into your workout sessions! 

Lateral Raises with Water Bottles 

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photo from iWellness

Keep your hands at your sides while holding a water bottle in each hand. While keeping your arms straight, raise the water bottle up and outward to the sides up to shoulder height. This is a good workout for your shoulders. 

Push-ups with a Stuffed Backpack 

photo from Michael H, CalorieBee

If you want to strengthen your back, do push-ups while donning a backpack. Fill the backpack with heavy items like canned goods and book and then wear it on your shoulders. Do pull-ups as you usually would. 

Step Ups with a Sturdy Chair 

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photo from Skimble

With the seat of a chair facing you, step up on it with your right foot and then bring your left foot up with you. Once you’re standing on the chair, bring down your right foot and then your left foot, and then keep repeating the steps. This works the muscles in your legs and butt. 

Wall Sits with a Wall

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photo from Ben Goldstein, Very Well 

To work your glutes, hamstrings, and quads, simply make use of a wall! Slowly slide down against the wall until your back is leaning on it and you’re in a squat position. Make sure your thighs are parallel to the floor and that your knees are bent in a 90 degree angle. 

Glute Bridges on the Couch 

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photo from Clubsportive 

If you want to give your butt a workout, do glute bridges on a couch. Place your shoulder blades on the edge of the couch or sofa chair. With your body lifted, make sure your knees are at a 90 degree angle. Continue to bring your hips up and down. 

Crunches with your Feet on the Bed 

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photo from Luke Heath Fitness

Too lazy to get out of bed completely? Do crunches with the bed instead! Lie on the floor and place your feet on your bed in a 90 degree angle. Lift your shoulder blades off the floor to do a crunch. Squeeze your abs for that ultimate core workout. 

While these are some workouts that utilize the items around you, make sure to proceed with caution to avoid accidents or straining yourself too much.

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