How can you use everyday items as at-home weights?
For many of us, a new year means a renewed interest in taking better care of our bodies and minds. One great way to do that is by adding strength training into your workout routine.
And for those of us that don’t have a gym membership, that’s OK. You don’t need a full set of dumbbells or weight machines to have an effective weight training workout.
So what are you waiting for? We break down the benefits of weight training and offer ideas for how you can get creative with simple home items to build a solid at-home workout.
Benefits of weight training
The benefits of working out are wide-ranging, but weight training can add to that list with a few special perks.
- Protects bone and muscle mass: As we age, our bones grow more fragile and are more susceptible to breaks and fractures. Studies have shown that strength training can help slow bone loss and strengthen bones, especially bones more prone to breakages like wrists, hips, and spines.
- Assists with weight loss: Building muscle also helps us burn more calories. Strength training also accelerates your resting metabolic rate (RMR), which accounts for 60 to 70% of your daily caloric burn.
- Boosts mood: Strength training releases endorphins, which can help you manage stress, ward off worry, and boost your mood.
- Helps maintain a healthy heart: Having good circulation is a great way to look out for your heart. Weight training helps you target which areas of the body you want to focus on. For example, when you’re doing a superman exercise, you’re working on the circulation in your back.
Now that you know the benefits of weight training, you’re ready to get started. Our friends at Adidas shared this helpful infographic to help you kickstart your weight training journey. It breaks down items like soup cans, laundry detergent bottles, and cast iron skillets that can be used to boost your home workouts.
So put on your favorite workout leggings, lace up your tennis shoes, and let’s get started!