Let's face it! If you are looking to lose weight, enrolling for yoga, Pilates and swimming classes or even gym classes don’t come cheap. Luckily, you don’t really need any of those things to start leading a more active life. In fact, your home is filled with free fitness equipment if you know where to look and how to use them. These ordinary household items might not seem like a lot, but you do end up putting major muscle groups to use, effectively toning your body and burning calories. Here are some easy that will help you burn calories.
1. Paper Plates:
Yes you read that right. Paper plates are a great source to increase muscle engagement while performing standard bodyweight exercises. For example, For instance, you can make lunges more difficult by placing your front foot on a paper plate before doing a forward lunge.
2. Gallon Water Bottles:
One gallon of water weighs roughly eight pounds, so if you have two gallons of water on hand, you can easily substitute them for traditional dumbbell exercises. Secondly, laundry detergent bottles are good dumbells alternatives that can be used to do weight training.
If you've got stairs in your home, you can get a cardio workout just walking up and down them a few times. It's simple, it's effective, and if you carry around water gallons or laundry detergents, you also add weight resistance to make it more effective.
4. A chair
A sturdy chair can make an excellent addition to your workout routine, whether you’re trying to perfect your pushups, squats,tricep dips or practice some leg raises. Chair exercises incorporate strength, cardio, and flexibility.
Something as simple as a towel can give you all you need to do some rows. Wrap the towel around the handle, put your feet against the door, lean back so your arms are straight, pull yourself up to the door, hands hitting your chest, then lower back down.
You won’t find a home without at least four of these! Walls provide stability when you’re practicing some stretching, or working your quads and glutes by doing some wall-sits. Wall also helps in getting your squats done. So don’t wait for elaborate gym machines and expensive treadmills to start off your fitness journey, just some humble household items and you are good to go. The only thing that fitness enthusiasts need is loads and loads of motivation to buck up and get going.