Workout At Home With Household Items

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Most anyone who is working out these days is doing it at home. And most of us don't have a Peleton or a Bowflex (remember Bowflex?) in the house, so what to do? Use stuff that's already laying around.

  • Weighted Vest: A filled backpack -A weighted vest can help better engage your muscles, get your heart rate up quicker and make you work harder, but if you don’t have one, fill up a backpack with water bottles or books and wear it instead.
  • Dumbbells: Bags of rice/beans or water bottles -Bags of dry rice or beans make a great substitute for lighter weight dumbbells, and so do filled water bottles.
  • Resistance bands: Tied pantyhose -These give just enough flexibility to create tension you need during certain movements.
  • Bench press: Large bags of pet food -For barbell curls, a bench press, overhead extensions, dead lifts or squats, use a heavy bag of pet food.
  • Gliders: Paper plates -If you don’t have those flat plastic discs used to help engage your core during floor exercises, use paper or plastic plates instead.

Thanks to Real Simple for this list. And check out Zito's patented "Recession Workout" from back in the day.

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