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Toning Up for Summer with Household Items

Toning up those muscles after the winter months does not require an expensive gym membership or complicated equipment that does nothing but take up a crazy amount of floor space. Here are some tips and tricks to get your body bathing suit ready with some of the basic items found right in your very own home:

  • Recycle your milk jugs into makeshift dumbbells. Already equipped with a convenient built-in handle, not only will you be doing the environment a favor, but you can easily adjust the weight of your reused jug by varying the amount of filler. One gallon of water weighs slightly more than 8 pounds, but if you prefer a more intense workout, try filling your milk jug with pebbles or sand.
  • If you have an old pair of pantyhose or stretchy knee high socks, tie them in a circle large enough to loosely fit around your ankles (shoulder width apart). Using this faux resistance band you can perform a variety of leg exercises that will tone and sculpt your legs, and literally work your butt off! For best results, perform deep side lunges to the left and right. Be sure to vary the length of your stride as well as the speed with which you travel back and forth. Perform single leg lifts to the front, side and back with your supporting leg planted firmly in place. Similarly, give the hip flexors a good work out by rotating your leg in a circle motion. For a visual, pretend you are drawing a circle on the floor with your big toe. You might also try moving both legs in a scissor motion or opening and closing them while lying on your back.
  • This same stretchy material can be used to achieve an intense arm workout as well. If you are unable to find a stretchy fabric material, scrounge through the garage in search of a bungee, tie-down cable – those work just as well!
  • There are a myriad of different household items that can be used as an alternative to a medicine ball, which is a great tool for intensifying your exercise routine. Firmly hold a large container of laundry detergent against your chest and perform Russian twists, crunches, and sit ups.
  • Fill a backpack with bricks or large rocks and wear it around the house to help burn off additional calories.
  • Using a sturdy chair, extend your feet and body in front, using your arms for support against the seat. Cross your ankles and work the triceps by bending and straightening the elbows. To maximize your efforts, keep your knees straight and try not to bend at the waist. Allow your upper arms to do all the work of lowering and raising your body.

Create an exercise routine and stick to it! Remember to maintain a healthy diet, hydrate, and results will follow. For a healthy diet, we found this article helpful. If you need help tracking calories and creating an exercise routine, click here.

What do you do to keep yourself fit at home? Comment below!


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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing