5 Alternative Fitness Items to Elevate Your Home Workout

5 Alternative Fitness Items to Elevate Your Home Workout

While it may seem quite attractive to spend money on gym equipment, the reality is you don’t have to.

Exercising at home can be just as intense. This only requires using several items you already have in your home or your own body weight.

Calisthenics (bodyweight training) uses your body weight for strength exercise. With the presence of gravity, your body delivers the essential resistance that results in lean muscles and enhanced muscle mass.

Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that using only your body weight for the long run will not promote stronger muscles. The reason is by not increasing the weight that you are using or lifting, your body becomes accustomed to the same exercise regime.

As you progress, you should consider investing in free weights (e.g. dumbbells, kettlebells, etc.).

If you are generous, maybe a resistance machine.

Before submitting your credit card information to purchase a piece of large, expensive fitness equipment, check this out.

The following 5 alternative fitness items (also common household items) are efficient when you don’t have fitness equipment.

These will help shred fat right away!

NOTE: It is important that you maintain good form when completing these routines.

To start, practice the exercises with the following items a few times before attempting to complete multiple sets. This reduces the likelihood of you incurring any injuries while performing each exercise.

5 Alternative Fitness Items to Elevate Your Home Workout

1) Backpack
The days of being in school may be over for you, but not your backpack! This is a treasure that you may not realize is valuable but allow me to explain. If you have any books or condensed paper goods you are not using, add these to your backpack. You will be amazed at how much weight is generated from these items. Once you have your backpack filled, you can perform exercises like squats, lunges, leg raises, etc. To add more weight or use different items for your workout, you can also use rocks, bricks, etc.

2) Chairs/Bench
Before starting, it is imperative that you have firm benches or chairs with a strong grip on the floor. This will help mitigate falling or slipping due to furniture shifts. One common exercise you can perform using chairs/benches is bodyweight dips. Dips will help sculpt your chest, triceps, upper back, and more. You can also raise the bar on push-ups by placing your feet on the chair set as you perform push-ups. The higher the chair, the greater the intensity of the exercise.

3) Suitcase
You have carried or rolled a suitcase when you’ve traveled. Whether you realized it or not, you’ve performed several exercises with suitcases. Examples include pulling your luggage off the conveyor belt and lifting your carry-on to place in the overhead bin on the plane. However, there are other exercises you can achieve with the suitcase including squats, curls, bent-over rows, and more.

4) Stairs
Don’t have a Treadmill or Stairmaster yet? Your stairs will work great in the meantime. By spending at least 30 minutes, you can perform various aerobic exercises such as walking up and down the stairs (beginner), running up and down the stairs (advanced), jumping from stair to stair, etc. Your quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, and legs will be toned after a few weeks or even days!

5) Books
They have many uses other than being read or parking on a bookshelf. One workout routine involves squatting and raising your arms in front of you with the book between your hands. The intensity can be increased by holding the positions for 1-3 seconds/rep. Since every book has a different weight, you can adjust your routine.

I hope you find this article quite helpful.

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