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Work Out with Things Found in Your House

THESE COMMON HOUSEHOLD ITEMS DOUBLE AS WORKOUT EQUIPMENT

Article by Hayley Hyer

Photography by Stock Images

Most of us didn't have a whole lot of time to prepare before going into quarantine, and if you always worked out at a gym, you probably don't own your own set of exercise equipment.

By now, you may have drunk all of your pseudo-weights (i.e. wine bottles) and need some new ideas to avoid ordering a ton of stuff online.

Zoe Weiner at Well + Good put together a master list of workout equipment subs for way more than just weights. She includes resistance bands, gliders and more in No Weights? No Problem.

Really, anything that weighs anything and can fit in your hands can double as a dumbbell, so feel free to get creative. But to help spark some inspiration, we’ve put together a list of the common goods that have made their way into our workouts recently… and prevented us from panic-shopping for an entire home gym on Amazon Prime, or using our puppies and babies as free weights.

Household items to use instead of weights

Milk jugs or laundry detergent: A gallon of milk weighs approximately 8.5 pounds. Grab one in each hand, and get those bicep curls going, or treat it as a kettlebell and do some swings.

Water bottles and soup cans: An eight-ounce water bottle weighs approximately 1.5 pounds, so you can use one in each hand for some lighter weight arm workouts. Cans are slightly lighter, but can make great light weights, too. You can also use steel water bottles or cans under your hands during a plank for an added instability challenge.

READ MORE: No Weights? No Problem.

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