7 ways to workout at home for free

Rebecca Wilson, passionate about recycling across South Yorkshire
Rebecca Wilson
1 Apr 2021

Even though gyms are due to reopen soon, some of us still prefer to work out in the comfort of our own homes.

If you are looking to get fit but don’t want to spend money on brand new equipment, here are some household items that can be reused to boost your home workouts.

Mother and daughter exercising at home

Towels and blankets

If you don’t have a yoga mat, you can use a towel or blanket to cushion yourself on hard floors.



Tins and cans

Don’t have any weights or dumbbells? Why not use the tins in your cupboard instead! Tinned foods can make a great substitute for small weights and can really enhance your workout routine.




Alternatively, you can refill empty pop or milk bottles with water to use as weights too. This way you can control the weight of the bottle and gradually build up over time.




Using a dining room chair for workouts is great for cardio and building strength for those with mobility issues. Chair exercises can make a great break from screen time when working or studying from home too.


Check out this video from the NHS to help you get started: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/chair-based-pilates-exercise-video/



Stair climbing is great cardio workout that helps tone and strengthen your leg muscles. If you don’t have a stair climber but have a set of stairs, you can use these for workouts at home.


Equipment-free workouts

You don’t need equipment to have a great workout! There are many equipment-free workouts available online for free. A good place to start is Joe Wicks the Body Coach who has workouts (and PE lessons too!) available on his YouTube channel for all ages and abilities. 


Housework and gardening


Exercising for 30 minutes a day can help improve your health but this doesn’t always have to be at the gym! Doing your regular housework (such as vacuuming, dusting and laundry) and gardening chores is a great way of exercising too, and can help burn calories and strengthen your muscles.



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