Beauty / Health

You already own the best at home workout accessories

While many of us are upping our yoga, Pilates, or HIIT subscriptions, posting our workouts on Instagram with brand new home workout accessories, or even having exercise bikes and treadmills delivered, some of us are still just trying to touch our toes without bucking under the pressure of our hamstrings. Whichever end of the spectrum you fall on, the likelihood you’re going to want to at least attempt to be mobile for part of this isolation period is high, whether it’s the peer pressure of ‘staying active’ getting to you, or you can genuinely feel the mental health benefits afterwards – home workout journeys can be difficult to get cracking. If you are sans equipment but abundant in motivation and tinned goods, see below a list of things in your home you can repurpose.

You guessed it – tinned goods

Not just delicious in minestrone. Substitute small arm weights for a tin of beans in each hand to add a bit of oomph to your workouts. Can be held in front of you while squatting, or above your head when doing mat work.

A large book

Weights: not nice to look at, hard to store, makes dents in your floorboards if dropped. Coffee table books: trendy, beautiful and informative, multipurpose. Place on hips while doing floor-based hip thrusts for an extra booty burn.

Dustbags

Do you see people on Instagram sliding across the floor on what looks like a frisbee? Us too. Not to fear. The literal same effect can be achieved with a couple of dust or laundry bags. Slide wherever your heart desires (in your home).

Laundry detergent

A La Chris Hemsworth, use your laundry detergent (if bought in bulk) as a kettlebell.

Rice

No deadlift? No problem. If you’ve been stocking up on rice (we do not recommend stockpiling), now is the time to utilise.

Wine in a bag

We know what you’re thinking and no, goon is not making a comeback. Our Digital Operations Manager, Megan Nolan disclosed this morning that during a housemate workout, they duck taped two Woolworths bags filled with wine bottles to a pole and used these to deadlift squats. We see a clear candidate for a Nobel prize on the horizon.