How to Use Common Household Items as Gym Equipment | WATCH NOW: Better Kansas City on KCTV5


I had so much fun on Better Kansas City this morning! If you missed the live show you can catch the full segment below. Alexis and I demonstrated several exercises you can do with items you already have around the house (like soup cans and laundry detergent). The more creative the workout the better, right?


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You do not have to have an expensive gym membership, elaborate equipment, or even leave the comfort of your own home to have a great workout. Your bodyweight alone can be one of your greatest assets when it comes to an at-home routine (and if you are traveling, you always have your bodyweight with you). On top of the items shown in the segment above, you can use a staircase, chairs, milk jugs, books, brooms -- the list goes on and on!

The best part: these household items are cheap. They are way more affordable than a gym membership or even standard equipment like dumbbells. Chances are, you probably already have most of these items in your home right now.

1. Dish towels

These can be used in so many different ways, but mountain climbers (shown in the video above) are one of my favorite moves to add dish towels to for an even greater challenge. Mountain climbers are a great exercise to target your core and get your heart rate up for a quick burst of cardio. When you add dish towels underneath your feet, your core becomes even more engaged in order to maintain balance and stability. These are best done on a hard surface (like hardwood or tile) but if you only have carpet, all you have to do is slide a couple of paper plates underneath the dish towels to get the same effect.

2. Laundry Detergent

A large, full bottle of laundry detergent can weigh anywhere from 8 to 10 pounds, making it the perfect weight to do moves like kettle-bell swings or bent over rows (demonstrated in the video above). The best part about using a bottle of laundry detergent as a weight is that if you find that it is a little on the heavy side, all you have to do is wash a load of laundry and your weight will be lighter. Now THAT'S practical.

3. Mini Ball

If you're a parent and your kids have medium sized bouncy balls all over the house: you are in luck. The mini ball is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment you can have in your at-home gym! Today, we showed you how to up the intensity of your squat pulses by placing the ball between your knees and squeezing your inner thighs while you pulse up and down. After about 30 seconds or so, you will definitely feel the burn.

4. Soup Cans

The final piece of equipment we showed today can be found in the last place you would think to look for exercise equipment: the pantry. If you have extra soup cans just sitting in the cabinet, pull them out and use them in place of dumbbells. Soup cans are the perfect weight to do high repetition arm exercises like lateral raises, front raises, bicep curls, etc. If you want to make it a little more challenging, add a squat or a lunge to the movement.

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What are some common household items you have used as exercise equipment before? Leave a comment below or on my latest Instagram post @samanthabowers_. I want to hear from you!

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