You may want to create your own DIY gym around the home and backyard for a number of reasons:
1. Gym memberships are expensive as all hell.
2. You’re lazy, and find it tough to leave the house.
3. You have social anxiety and don’t want to get active under the watchful eye of judgemental douches (same).
Well, either way, the good news is that you can set up a DIY gym essentially anywhere. You can just use what you’ve got at home to be active. Remember: there are always alternatives.
Yes, some places might require a bit more imagination than others, but don’t sweat (just yet) – we’ve got you covered! Here are some tips and tricks to help you be active at home by using what you’ve got. Now start stretchin’ kids.
Repetitive drills on either steps or stairs are perfect, easy ways to get your heart racing.
Do you have a couch? Or something that’s the same height and stability as a couch? From couch dips to half squats, your sweat-inducing possibilities are endless. Take a look at Susan, once more, doing such couch dips. Judging from this (TYSM, Susan), couch dips should be possible by using anything sitting at a secure, low-ish height.
Make your own set of dumbbells! This part might involve some imagination, but as long as the homemade dumbbells are grippable, you’ve got a good thing goin’ on. You can even use cans of food as dumbbells, or filled water bottles. Head on over to GymPerson.com for more inspo on DIY dumbbells and homemade weights.
Get some chalk or marker and create your own agility ladder, testing out your speed and stamina. This is also a rad idea because you could turn it into hopscotch down the track… I mean, everyone loves hopscotch.
Try finding a sturdy broom handle – something strong and grippable – and attaching two big, water-filled plastic milk jugs on either side. The more water, the more weight. YEW.
The V-Up (AKA. sit-up with extended arms and legs) is a simple way to target the lower ab region. To level up, try holding a basketball, a milk container filled with water or any other weighty household item – you’ll really feel the burn with the extra weight when your extended arms reach towards your toes. Be careful about your lower back, though – if you feel any lower back pain during the exercise, talk to a professional to make sure you have the technique down pat. Feel inspired by this brooding silhouette:
We love mountain climbing because it’s equipment-free, great at increasing that beautiful heart rate of yours and, when slowed down, gives those core muscles a killer workout.
Speaking of equipment-free exercises to do on your lonesome, we also love some classic ol’ push-ups, sit-ups and planks. All you need is a soft patch of ground or a mat to work your magic. Voila, you inspired fitness guru.
Feeling a tad inspired? Feeling like you can now confidently flex in the comfort of your own abode? Start incorporating some physical activity into your daily life – you’ll be surprised by both the mental and physical benefits.
If you’re looking for more fitness or physical activity ideas, head over to Healthier. Happier. for more endorphin-inducing info.
Don’t forget, though – whether you’re starting out on your active journey or just looking to try something now, it’s always a good idea to talk to your health professional to make sure you’re doing what’s right for you and your body.