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Get fit and toned at home and make your own home gym with items around the house! You don’t need fancy equipment to break a sweat, activate your muscles and increase your fitness.
When you know where to look, your house is full of free fitness equipment!! Or if you want to buy some things we have the 7 things to make your own home gym from scratch.
Make your own home gym with stuff you already have
1. No Hand Weights? Use tins!
Anything can be used as a weight! You could use shopping bags, old 3L milk cartons filled with milk, your kids or even tins of tomatoes. Use them to do bicep curls, shoulder press or tricep pullbacks for toned arms. Get the kids involved too!
2. Tea towels for more than drying dishes
Use a tea towel to create sliding motions along the floor -perfect for lower body and core workouts! You can target specific areas such as your inner thighs in a fun way! Make sure you keep all your movement controlled.
3. Do a chair workout
A chair can be used for a variety of exercises including step-ups, tricep dips and push-ups. Just make sure it’s solid and safe. A couch is another brilliant spot to use, perfect for hip thrusts or incline push-ups.
4. Utilise Steps around the house
You don’t need a fancy step machine, you can use your own staircase or your steps outside. This is great for cardio, full-body or to target your glutes.
5. Use a scarf as an exercise band!
If you don’t have a resistance band we have you covered, a scarf will enable you to actively engage your glutes making your workout more effective so you’ll burn more calories! Tie it around the top of your knee’s or just under and push your legs out while engaging your core!
Make your own home gym with some basics you buy
If you want to make your own home gym but want to invest in some equipment here are the top X things you’ll need to start with.
To help you if you’re on a budget you can always find used equipment in local buy, swap, sell groups or similar.
1. Yoga mat
Getting a yoga mat will not only be helpful for your cardio workout if you want to include some yoga into your exercise plan but also for your recovery, warm-up and cool down.
2. Skipping rope
What a fun and cheap way to get some cardio in, jumping rope isn’t just for kids.
If you want to increase the workout you can find weighted skipping ropes that will give some resistance and help you workout.
3. Dumbell set
You can often find these are local department stores or even for sale in your local buy, swap, sell group on Facebook.
Start with the basic set and as you build your muscles you’ll need higher weights so will need to upgrade, but you can just sell your old set.
4. Resistance bands
These can be found in most sports stores or department stores and work well to include in your cardio workout.
Just like a dumbbell set you can find used kettlebells if you’re on a budget.
You’ll likely outgrow the weight sizes you buy initially but you can continue to upgrade and either grow your collection or sell the ones you no longer need.
6. Foam roller
Perfect for that recovery time to help you roll out any tightness you may feel in your muscles to help stretch them out and help prevent soreness.
A bench is a versatile addition when you want to make your own home gym, not only can it be used as part of your workouts like to do dips or lunges but you can also use it for your weights workouts as well.
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