One person’s towel is another person’s resistance band! Use a towel to help with stretching or for a killer arm workout. Looking for a leg challenge? On a smooth floor, assume the plank position with a small towel under each of your feet. Then, in a very slow and controlled manner, try gliding your legs apart and then back together again. Feel the burn!
You won’t find a home without at least four of these! Walls provide stability when you’re practicing some stretching, or working your quads and glutes by doing some wall-sits.
Why invest in a StairMaster when you’ve got a perfectly good staircase at home? Walking or running the stairs is a great way to get your heart pumping and glutes burning—without spending a cent.
Soup cans, water bottles or laundry detergent jugs
Gallery: 18 Kitchen Organizing Mistakes Everyone Makes (Reader’s Digest Canada)
You group by item, not by need
You think only the counter is convenient
You leave big appliances out
You don’t adjust your shelves
You’re digging through bottom cabinets
Your fridge looks like a collage
You leave your cooking utensils out
Your junk drawer is, well, junk
You’re holding on to your past
You hang your purse on your chair
You leave mail on the table
Each shelf is left to its own devices
You have more tools than you need
Your spice rack is a mess
Your groceries don’t fit in your pantry
You pile up bagged goods
You keep salt and pepper on the table
Your oil is going bad
Besides sweeping, a broom can also give your core, hips and glutes a workout. Next time you’re sweeping the floor, shake things up by adding some hip hinges or oblique twists to your usual routine.
A sturdy chair (without wheels) can make an excellent addition to your workout routine, whether you’re trying to perfect your squats or practice some leg raises. Throw a second chair into the mix and practice some tricep dips. For an even greater challenge, check out this 5-5-5 Chair Workout that incorporates strength, cardio, and flexibility.
Strengthen your arms and chest by practicing several sets of countertop push-ups. These are a great activity to sneak in while you’re waiting for water to boil or the oven to pre-heat.
Now that you know how to work out using household items, find out 11 easy ways to make walking more fun.
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