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I went through my list of exercises, yesterday. I don't have any dumb bells nor any kind of home gym and I can't afford a gym membership. My resistance band snapped under the pressure! LOL What I can afford is WATER! 1L weighs 1 Kg or 2.2 lbs so a 500 mL bottle weighs 1.1 lbs and a 1.5 L water bottle weighs 3.3 lbs!

I exercised my entire upper body using exercises here and in my fitness guide using my water bottles for weights! I'd say I'm no dumb bell, but I can hear the moaning already!

- Submitted by DONNAKOVAC 12/13/2010 in Exercise | 24 Comments
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KGWINDER 11/14/2012 1:25:00 PM

    I'll go one better - water can change temperature - so in summer you can place it in the refrig for a cool workout....or I have RA so I fill milk jugs with handles with warm water which makes upper body workouts so much more comfortable. If something hurts, I can just put the jug against that area for awhile. So weights and RX in one!

Other great workout tools at home: Your broom or rake, pillows (as punching bag), stairs, some books under one end of a mattress for an incline for sit ups, the walls for wall push ups....your own body....planks will get me every time!
MOWINELADY 11/14/2012 10:18:00 AM

    great post definitely will keep this in mind when traveling so much easier than packing weights. emoticon
HUMLADY1 12/13/2010 9:29:00 PM

    I agree 100% with all these comments! After all, think about kids - they don't have gym memberships, and they don't usually have expensive equipment. They just have great imaginations, and they have fun when they're playing. And . . . when they're moving around, they're "exercising" - so, I've used their pattern for myself. I dance crazy old ways, punching, kicking, jumping, wiggling, jiggling; just keep it moving!
MONTREAL12 12/6/2012 7:44:00 PM

    Great ideas! emoticon
HYATTI1 11/18/2012 10:15:00 PM

    Clever...I have also heard of people using can food for weights. I suppose any way you can do it is a plus. Good for you.
FROMNDTOGA 11/15/2012 3:21:00 PM

    Great ideas. Now, if someone could just come up with a 'button' that would turn on your 'want to go exercise now' gene. Ha, Ha.
clm emoticon
MSDEEHAPPY2BME 11/15/2012 12:12:00 PM

    My favorite thing to do is dance so I've had lots of music blasting while I go at it. My daughter and I love to make up the craziest moves. We also dance while to do housework with the music on too. I don't like to "work out" but love to have fun working it out (or off!)
LEANMEAN2 11/15/2012 6:11:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing
CADDYBROWN 11/14/2012 9:53:00 PM

    I will have to remember these when my membership runs out. I won't be able to renew, but I have to keep this momentum going!!
LIBBYL1 11/14/2012 8:45:00 PM

    love this idea
J2740LOU 11/14/2012 8:06:00 PM

    Good advice. Use what you have handy. Improvise, even if all you have to use as resistance is your body weight. emoticon emoticon
FITWITHIN 11/14/2012 7:19:00 PM

    That's right you have to find what works. emoticon emoticon
JANETTEB553 11/14/2012 4:52:00 PM

GINGERVISTA 11/14/2012 3:21:00 PM creative! emoticon idea!!! emoticon
LAFFWITHLINDA 11/14/2012 1:48:00 PM

MARYHENNIG 11/14/2012 1:20:00 PM

    Good going!
CHERYLSBUTT 11/14/2012 11:10:00 AM

    If you have the desire
You can make fitness happen without a membership!
Way to go...being creative is noble!!!
LOVINGKATE 11/14/2012 10:46:00 AM

    GOOD JOB!!!!
INGMARIE 11/14/2012 7:30:00 AM

    emoticon great one ,and well written too
thanks for the smile.
CMORISAK 11/14/2012 6:15:00 AM

MIMIDOT 12/13/2010 7:52:00 PM

    At last!! Someone else who doesn't have a home gym or go to one. I like your ideas. I've used them myself.
MELLYBEANS0919 12/13/2010 6:20:00 PM

    Way to go!
I too have no $$ for a gym membership or fancy equipment (yet!) so I use weights I bought, and do squats, marching on the spot, leg bends, etc. You do not need anything to work your body really.
PICKANYNAME 12/13/2010 12:59:00 PM

    Just goes to prove the point: WHERE THERE'S A WILL, THERE'S A WAY!!!! Good for you!
RIVERNYX 12/13/2010 12:11:00 PM

    Yup...could have written that one myself! Great minds, right? emoticon

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