Keeping fit during the past few weeks has not been an easy feat for many! We can no longer access gyms, leisure centres and sports clubs and on top of that we are limited to just an hour for outdoor exercise per day (well, those of us who follow the guidelines are!) So after my walk with the kids and the dog, it doesn’t leave much time for anything else outdoors!
If you’re lucky enough to have some fitness equipment at home, then with the rise in all of the live workouts, fitness memberships and online programmes you are pretty much guaranteed to be able to find a workout to suit you during this lock-down period.
However, if like many, you missed the boat with ordering equipment at the start of the lockdown, then its unlikely you will find anywhere delivering fitness equipment this side of summer!
Fear not! There is actually a whole host of household items/furniture that you can actually turn into some of the best exercise equipment out there with very little effort and here are our top 10 (modelled by the lovely Ava G)
Resistance bands are a great piece of kit for the home, cheap, small and great for all levels. You can get a really good get a full body workout with a simple resistance band without even needing to step foot in a gym! Don’t worry if you haven’t got one as you can make one out of a pair of old tights!
We love to use sliders in our workout and they are great for adding intensity to you workout and making your core work harder. If you don’t have a pair of real sliders then you have two options:
Laminate floor – use two tea towels or dusters under your feet, spray a bit of furniture polish and away you go!
Carpet – Put a plastic bag on each foot and tie around the ankle to keep it on and you can now slide on carpet as you work your core!
If you’re lucky enough to have a resistance band at home, then you can make yourself a cable machine with a simple rolling pin! This opens up so many opportunities for exercises at home, especially for the upper body and back!
Research shows that stair climbing helps strengthen and tone your leg muscles. It keeps your leg arteries flexible, allowing blood to move more easily. Better blood flow in your legs equals a healthier heart and body
Create yourself a leg press machine with your partner/child to give yourself a great lower body resistance workout. It takes trust between you both to begin with but once you get going, the more the person standing leans back into your legs, the heavier the resistance!
Fill a backpack with some tins/bags of sugar etc to create yourself a weighted vest.
Wear this when you are performing cardio drills/squatting to increase the intensity of your workout.
Fill empty water bottles with sugar/sand/water to create different weight dumbbells to use for upper body workouts to add extra resistance.
Use a cushion on the floor to stand on when performing single leg exercises to create instability to challenge your core and train proprioception.
Unscrew your sweeping brush handle to create a mobility pole that you can use to work on your overhead squat technique and shoulder mobility.
Fill two 4/6 pint milk bottles with water to create a pair of kettlebells that you can swing and press to create a full body kettlebell workout at home.
These are just 10 items that you can use at home to create a whole range of workouts! You can check out our YouTube channel for some ideas– we would love to hear if you have been creative with your workout equipment over the past month!
Let us know in the comments below