Household Items That Give You a Great Workout

One of the greatest excuses that most people, have for not working out is lack of equipment – We hear this all the time at Urban BodyFit. While it is a valid concern given that exercise equipment is not entirely cheap, it is should not be the reason for you to work out. There are plenty of body weight exercises that you can try out that are very effective and if you would prefer to have aids, then your home has plenty of them as you’re about to see.


If there is a set of stairs in the house, your workout sessions are about to get a new lease of intensity. The most basic is the calf workouts that require you to stand on the stair with the ball of your feet with the heel hanging at the back. You can place your hands on the rails for support and balance and then lift your feet up as if to tip-toe then back down and repeat.

If you have a stairlift stopping you from working out, we wouldn’t recommend this workout.

If you would like to work on your fitness, try loading up a laundry bag full of laundry and a container of detergent and try to race up and down the stairs a couple of times. This will help you create a cardio workout pretty fast.

A wall

The size of the wall does not matter. Just about any wall is fine. Backup to the wall and stand with your back towards the wall and your feet at shoulder width. Place your upper back on the wall and assume a sitting position or a squat. Make sure that you achieve a 90-degree angle at your knees and assume the position for 60 seconds. This is a great exercise for your core and for toning your legs.

Kitchen Table

Before you can try this workout, you have to make sure that the kitchen table is sturdy and that it will not move. Place your hands at the edge of the table and move your feet back so that your weight is on the table and make sure that your feet and hands are at shoulder width. At this position, lock your core and lower your chest towards the table and hold then push back. This is a great general body workout and can also be carried out using a chair, couch, the kitchen counter and even a stair.

Laundry basket

This can also be a very handy piece of household items that can help you get in shape in no time. Get that laundry basket and fill it with clothes and a detergent container and use it to perform deadlifts.

You can also use the basket to tone your glutes by placing the basket between your legs and reaching down to it while keeping your back straight and picking up the basket and taking it back down.


You can use a chair to work on your triceps. Just place your palms with the fingers facing forward on the chair. You can decide whether you would prefer to have your knees bent at 90 degrees or straight and lower your glutes to the ground and then press through the palms to get your body back up.

Your house is a gym full of equipment. You just need to be a little creative to identify different ways you can use different items to build your body and these are a great place to start. If you are not motivated, be sure to read our 5 tips to stay motivated when working out!

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