5 Household Items that Double as Workout Equipment
When you're in a bind and can't get to the gym, you might feel a little constricted regarding exercise options. You'll likely either go for a run or just stay in and binge on snacks and Netflix. But there's no need to feel confined to either of these options. You can still get a great workout with objects you have around your home. There's probably unexpected workout equipment in every room of your house - you just need to get a little creative.
1. Your Desk
If you have a sturdy desk that rests against the wall, you have the beginnings of what could be your favorite homemade workout machine. With your desk directly in front of you, and standing two to three feet back, lower yourself onto it while aiming your chest toward the surface. Use your arm muscles to push yourself off of the desk so you're doing a variation of a push-up. Do several reps of 10 to lightly work your muscles and get your heart rate up.
2. A Pole
For this exercise, you'll need a towel and some sort of stable pole. Wrap the towel around the pole so you're holding both ends and lean back so your body forms a diagonal and your arms are outstretched in front of you. Pull yourself up so your body is straight, then slowly lower yourself back to the starting position. Repeat the rowing motion for several reps and rest in between.
3. The Couch
Standing with the couch behind you and your hands down at your sides, extend your arms back and grip the armrest with both hands. Lower your body so all of your weight is in your palms and bend your elbows at a 90-degree angle, as if you're doing a backward push-up. You should feel the backs of your arms being worked with this motion.
4. Gallons of Water
Who need kettlebells when you have gallons of water? Take an unopened gallon and use it as you normally would use a kettlebell. Gripping the handle with both hands, stand with your feet shoulder width apart and slowly bend into a squatting position. Your back should stay straight in a vertical position and the gallon should remain in front of you at all times. Return back to the starting position, and repeat the motion for several reps of 10.
5. Kitchen Shelf Liner
Sure, a shelf liner is great for your cabinets, but it has other uses as well. Use it in place of a yoga mat. Simply unroll it to your desired length and place it on the floor as a thin layer of cushion when performing some of your best yoga poses and stretches.