So it’s been 2 weeks since I announced my Ask Me Anything blog feature, and I have yet to hear your questions. In case you missed the announcement, every Monday I will be posting an article in answer to your questions on health and fitness. Send me your questions on Twitter, in my Ask Me Anything closed FB group, email them to me, or comment on this post. I would really love to hear from you!
Have you ever searched for a workout online, only to be disappointed because every one you find requires some fancy exercise equipment that you don’t have? You aren’t alone. I’ve been there myself many times. But you know what I’ve learned? There are some really fun ways to turn ordinary stuff you’ll find in just about any house into functional workout equipment. Don’t believe me? Keep reading.
Weights – This one is really important. A lot of workouts call for some kind of weight, and with good reason. Lifting weights is one of the best ways (for both men and women) to increase bone density, burn fat, and build functional strength. So what do you do when you don’t have weights? There are lots of easy ways to solve this problem. For example, you can fill empty milk or juice containers with water, put some heavy books in a bag, or find literally anything else that’s heavy. If it takes some effort to pick it up and put it down, it will work, even if you have to modify the exercise a little.
Incline/Decline – Decline pushups, dips, box jumps, etc. all require a raised surface. Sturdy chairs, desks, beds, counter tops, and even books stacked on top of each other can work for just about any of those exercises. Just make sure whatever you use is strong enough to support your bodyweight.
Cardio Equipment – Not everyone wants to invest in cardio equipment like rowers, treadmills, or ellipticals, and that is totally fine. You can get in just as good (if not better) of a workout by just using your bodyweight. Here are 10 exercises that are great for getting your heart rate up:
- Jump Rope (with or without the rope)
- Jumping Jacks
- Squat Jumps
- Running in place
- Shadow Boxing
- Star Jumps
- Dance to your favorite music
- Mountain Climbers
- Lateral Jumps
Weights, raised surfaces, and cardio equipment are the 3 main pieces of equipment that are required in workouts that you might not have at home. If you find a workout that calls for a different piece of equipment, contact me and I’ll be glad to give you a substitution that will be just as effective. Use your imagination – adapting workouts to suit your needs can actually be kind of fun once you get used to it 🙂 And if all else fails, you can always substitue a bodyweight-only exercise and still have a very effective workout.