At the Simple Gym, I try and look at fitness a little differently than most. Your health doesn’t have to come with the expectations of an expensive gym membership, personal trainers, or truckloads of fitness equipment. I believe we need to start simply, and look at our own bodies as the best mechanism for change!
But sometimes we need additional weight to continue challenging ourselves. Sometimes we use weights in the workouts, but I always look for everyday items which can be used instead of traditional fitness equipment. When I recommend fitness equipment, I spend a lot of time researching how affordable and useful the it is. I prefer tools you can get the most out of, valuing utility over all other features.
However, buying fitness equipment isn’t always in the budget, and it certainly isn’t necessary! Here are ten household or everyday items we can use to help take our workouts to the next level!
Six Alternatives to Traditional Fitness Equipment
- Gallon of water (8 lbs) – use for lifting, curling, pressing
- Bucket of sand – use for lifting, carrying
- Rocks – use for pressing, carrying
- Books – use for lifting, carrying, pressing
- Logs or large branches – use for lifting, carrying, pressing
- Canned goods – use for lifting, carrying, pressing
Four Other Alternatives
- Rolled-up towel = AbMat
- Beach towel = Yoga mat
- Partner resistance = Resistance rubber bands
- Steps = Jump box
I encourage you to keep an eye out for ways you can use common items as a way to challenge your workouts and get healthier. Ways to become fit and healthy are all around us, we just need to keep our eyes open.
Question: What other everyday items do you find useful in helping workout?
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