As highlighted in a recent Fitness Feature, you don’t necessarily need any fancy equipment to ensure you’re getting a thorough workout. Your body is an effective tool by itself. However, if you’re looking to intensify your routine or simply want to switch things up, you won’t need to invest in lots of new materials or sign up to a gym programme for variation. There are plenty of items around the home that you can use to work in to your workout.
You can use the stairs as a way to up the ante on your cardio routine.
Running up the stairs helps you to burn more calories than running alone and build up and strengthen your muscles. It also works the heart and lungs harder too. For safety though, always walk back down the stairs.
Use the bottom step for: step ups which helps to improve your balance and stamina, step jumps to improve your power, and for split squats to build a deeper lunge.
Detergent or water bottles
If you’re looking for weights, water bottles filled or washing powder can be just as effective weights or kettlebells, to help you build on upper body strength or help intensify your squats.
Sofa or bed
When you start doing sit-ups it can be a real struggle if you’ve not got someone to hold your feet firmly in place. If this is the case, tuck your toes under the bed or sofa to give you that stability to help you perform sit-ups more effortlessly.
Chairs make great tools in working on your arm, core and even your leg strength.
Use the seat pad to help build your triceps; hold the edge of the seat pad with your hands and squat in front to build on your arm strength
Strengthen your hips and thighs with hip marching:
Sitting upright, but not against the chair, arms holding on to the side of the seat, lift your knee (one at a time) upwards as far as comfortable and then switch legs.
Do you have any other helpful tips and tricks for working out around the home?