No gym? No problem!
If you gave up your fitness membership this past year, you are not alone. Many of us have resorted to home workouts -- trying to do what we can to be active while stuck inside. You may love it, you may resent it; but, either way, you should try it. Because, it urns out there are some creative, nifty, and budget friendly ways to enhance your home exercise routine with the "equipment" you already own. We tapped certified trainer Jessica Mazzucco for her top 12 home fitness hacks you can try today.
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12 Home Fitness Hacks
- Use soup cans for weights. You can do any triceps or biceps exercise at home using cans of soup that you'd do at the gym with dumbbells. To properly gauge the weight, don't go by the ounces listed on the can -- that's liquid weight. Instead, weigh the cans on your scale to figure out the poundage that's best for you.
- Use jugs as weights. Fill a household bucket or jug with water (or sand, rock salt, or powdered detergent) and secure the top with duct tape. Lift it up and down in front of you as you do squats.
- Substitute a countertop for a push-up bench. In most homes, at least one countertop, either in the kitchen or the bath, is the right height for a push-up. Put both hands on the countertop, extend your legs behind you at an angle, lean down into the counter, and then push back up.
- Substitute pantyhose for resistance bands. Almost any exercise you can do with a resistance band, you can do with old pantyhose or tights. For example, sitting on the floor with your legs straight, loop a pair of pantyhose around the balls of your feet and pull back with both hands as if you are using a rowing machine.
- A fitness ball. Sometimes called a stability ball, looks like a large beach ball. You can do many core exercises, including abdominal crunches, with a fitness ball. You can also use a fitness ball to improve your flexibility and balance.
- Kettlebell. A kettlebell is a round weight with the handle attached at the top. A kettlebell can be used to do strength-training exercises and to help improve grip strength. Kettlebells are available in many sizes.
- Jump-ropes. Skipping rope can be a great cardiovascular workout.
- Resistance tubing. These stretchy tubes offer weight-like resistance when you pull on them. Use the tubes to build strength in your arms and other muscles. Choose from varying degrees of resistance, depending on your fitness level.
- Chair or step stool. Use a chair for support when doing exercises such as leg curls. A low, sturdy step stool can become exercise equipment if you use it for step training — an aerobic exercise resembling stair climbing.
- Towels. Make your waist-whittling planks more effective with towels. Take two and place them under your hands or feet, then move forward, backward and sideways.
- Clean Sweep. This one’s easy: You can burn 80 calories every 20 minutes of sweeping. Pull out the broom and get to sweeping every corner of your house or apartment. How’s that for multitasking
- Laundry Twist. Sit next to a full basket of laundry and twist to grab an item from the basket. Twist to the other side to lay it on a pile. Continue until your laundry is finished. Win-win!
This is not a sponsored post. Tips courtesy of Jessica Mazzucco, NYC area certified fitness trainer and founder of The Glute Recruit.
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