How to Exercise at Home With Things You Already Have

How to Exercise at Home With Things You Already Have

Emma Lovewell
Apr 11, 2017
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Want to get a workout in at home, but don't have any special equipment? Here's one you can do using common household items. Let's get creative!

Note: Each exercise can be done with 2-4 sets of 6-12 repetitions each, depending on your fitness level.

Paper plates

Use the cheap, thin ones. (They work best on a wood floor.)

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Plank Jacks

In a plank position, place the balls of your feet on top of the plates. Keeping a strong upper body and core, and keeping your legs straight, move your feet out and in, like a jumping jack.

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In and Out Planks

In a tall plank position, place the balls of your feet on top of the plates. Bring your knees toward your chest, tightening your abs while keeping your back flat, and then extend your legs back out to the starting position.

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Hamstring Curls

Lying on your back, place your heels on top of the plates. Lift your hips as you slide your heels toward your body, bending your knees, and then straighten them back out, with your hips still lifted.

Broom

You're about to lie on the floor, so you might as well sweep the floor first before doing this workout. :)

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Superman

Holding a broom with both hands a little wider than shoulder's width, lie on your stomach on the floor. Lift both your upper and lower body up off the ground for two seconds, then lower back down.

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Broom Ab Twist

Holding the broom with both hands, sit down on the ground, hinge back, and lift your legs off the ground. Twist your body as you alternate bending and straightening legs.

Bag of laundry (or large bag of dog/cat food)

The more laundry the better (heavier)!

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Squats

Place your bag of laundry (or large bag of dog food, etc.) over your shoulders. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees down in a squat, keeping your weight in your heels, and don't let your knees move in front of your toes. Squeeze your glutes as you come back up to standing.

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Reverse Lunges

Place your bag of laundry on your shoulders. Standing with feet hips-width apart, step back with one foot into a reverse lunge. Make sure your front knee doesn't move in front of your toes, and that your back knee hovers a few inches above the ground. Come back up to standing, and alternate legs.

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Plank Laundry Bag Drags

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