Workouts with home equipment
We know that you’ll be missing the special equipment at the gym, but you can still get a good workout in at home using what you can in the meantime.
Try these exercises using everyday household equipment and find out how easy it is to get a sweat on indoors. If it’s not the same without your gym buddies, why don’t you get them on a video call and you can motivate each other as you follow the routine!
Workouts using things around your house
1) Broom twists
This is a great warm-up exercise for your workout! Hold a broom above your head with both arms in a wide V. Lean to one side and touch the floor with the end of the broom. Then lean to the other side and touch the floor with the other end.
Tip: you can also use a broom to provide an extra stability challenge when yourself doing squats, twists and kicks.
2) Milk bottle weighted squats
Fill up an empty 2 litre milk bottle with water. Holding it in both hands in front of your chest, with your feet wider than shoulder with apart, do 30 standard squats. Repeat with your legs even wider apart for a sumo squat – this will add an extra dimension to your leg workout with more focus on your inner thigh.
Tip: If you’re struggling, just tip out some water to lighten the load.
3) Get cooking
Grab a pan or a wok from the cupboard for an arm workout! Hold the pan in front of you as though you’re about to flip a pancake. Extend your arm forwards and twist your fist so the pancake falls to the floor. Bring your arm to the starting position, and twist it to the side this time, with your elbow staying tucked into your side. Repeat slowly 10 times on each arm for a surprisingly challenging strength exercise.
4) Wall sits
For this one, you only need a wall to lean on. Simply stand about 2 feet away from a wall and slide down until your knees are at a 90-degree angle, adjusting your legs if you need to. Stay there for a minute and stand back up again.
5) Chair pike
There are so many workouts you can do just using a kitchen chair. This one involves placing your hands on either side of the seat of the chair and leaning over it so that your body is in a straight line and you’re on your tiptoes. Now, extend your arms, straightening your elbows and pushing your bum into the air. Repeat 10 times for a full body strength exercise.
6) Tin can arm workout
Find two cans of baked beans or whatever you have in your cupboard for each hand. Start with curls: simply hold the cans by your side and raise them upwards, bending your arms at the elbows but not moving your shoulders. Then follow with some shoulder presses: holding the cans next to your ears, straighten your arms upwards until fully extended. Finally finish off with raises, holding your cans by your side and bringing your arms outwards so that they form a straight line from your shoulder. Repeat these exercises 20 times each (or more if you find they’re quite easy)!
We hope you enjoyed that short indoor workout, great for keeping your arms and legs toned up without the specialist equipment.
Have you been designing your own workouts at home? Let us know what you do to stay fit while you wait for the gym to reopen!