Exercising at the gym is tedious and requires a difficult amount of motivation. Unfortunately, the longer you stay away, the quicker your couch potato habits surface. With summer slowly, but surely approaching, it is important that we prepare our best heat seeking bodies for the bikini-filled season.
Ditch the expensive gym memberships and check out some easy exercises that only require household items.
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Grab a large pot from the kitchen and fill it up with veggies or fruit. the heavy pot is for you to add weight to your exercise. You won’t be lifting the pot, juts simply holding it between your legs when you are in the proper squat position. The more food you add the heavier, so make sure you add a weight that’s most suitable for you. Try to do 3 sets of 20 squats.
Push-ups are good for your chest and arms. It it can also be good for your abs when holding steady in the position. Probably one of the harder exercises for women to do. Try to do 3 or 4 sets of 7-10 push-ups.
Dead lifts are for your butt and back. Instead of using a weight bar, you can grab two weighted books that are the same size and weight. Try to do 3 sets of 10-15 reps.
It is important to get cardio in at least once a week. Stairs are readily available in a house or an apartment building and double as good cardio for about 15-30 minutes.
Balancing on one leg and using a wall for support, you can work your hamstrings and thighs by doing leg lifts on each side. Make sure you do 2 sets of an around the world leg lift. Lift you leg as high as you are comfortable to the front, side and back on both legs. You can do this standing or laying down.
They’re called squat jacks because you will be engaging in jumping jacks and squats at the same time. Every time you jump down and spread your legs, you will also bend your knees to go into a sitting position. All you need is an open floor for this one. Try to do about 3 sets of 50 of these.
Grab a chair for this exercise. Up-downs are for your calves and butt. Sit in any chair, preferably one with 4 legs and lift yourself up out of the sitting position only using one leg. Make sure you find balance before leaving the seat. Don’t use your arms or else it defeats the purpose of the exercise.
Ab definition requires sit-ups. Place your feet under a couch or love seat for support so that your feet don’t lift from the ground when you sit up. Try to do 3 sets of 30-50 of these.
This is another form of sit-ups, but you will be lifting your legs from the ground instead of your torso. Hold on to something heavy or under your couch for support. Again, try to do 3 sets of 30-50 of these.
Back Pack Planks
Do you have a back pack? I’m sure you do. Load up your book bag with some hefty items around the house. Get on the floor in plank position and hold for 60 seconds. This may be a little difficult with the weight, so you’re free to do it without as well.