Working Out at Home is Possible

Young adult african american woman in sports clothing at home doing domestic fitness and training abdominals on swiss ball in living room. Focus on weights on table

To get a good workout without expensive gear, make use of what you have around the house. Finding a few minutes for these exercises will help maintain cardiac health, strength and balance as well as make you toned all over.


Flour Bag Lunge (targets legs, obliques, shoulders)


Lift a bag of flour to chest level. Step forward into a lunge with left foot. Twist torso to left, then return to front. Lift bag overhead, lower to chest, and step back to start. Repeat 10 times.


Towel Plank (targets quads, chest, arms, core)


Place a towel on the floor. Start in push-up position with feet on towel, hands on the floor. Bend knees and slide your feet toward your hands, Slide feet out to straighten legs. Repeat 10 times.


Water Bottle Twist (targets triceps, upper back)


Holding a full water bottle in each hand, stand with arms out to sides at shoulder height. Rotate shoulders forward, palms facing the wall behind you. Repeat 15 times.


Book Crunch (targets abs)


Lie on your back with a heavy book on your stomach. Balancing book, bend knees 90 degrees, lifting feet off floor. Place hands behind head, then lift shoulders about 3 inches. Lower halfway down. Repeat 15 times.


Homemade Bench Press


If you’d like to do bench press training, without the cost of the bench, bar and weights, take an old broomstick, minus the bristles, and tie weighted socks to both ends and press away! Also, if you have any old iron plumbing pipes handy, those can be cut to the appropriate length and used without weights.


Homemade Step Aerobics


Select an unused, outdated phone book and use it for step aerobics. Get two or more if they are thin. Be sure to tie them up together using tape to ensure their stability and firmness. You don’t want the pages to flip when being used.


Plenty of household items can be used in ways different than their intended use and they make for excellent exercise equipment “substitutes” as long as you use your creativity and imagination. Exercise at home and reap the benefits without spending a bundle of money!