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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!

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  • 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! - by KGWINDER
  • great post definitely will keep this in mind when traveling so much easier than packing weights. emoticon - by MOWINELADY
    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! - by HUMLADY1
  • Great ideas! emoticon - by MONTREAL12
  • 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. - by HYATTI1
  • 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 - by FROMNDTOGA
  • 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!)
    emoticon - by MSDEEHAPPY2BME
  • Thanks for sharing - by LEANMEAN2
  • 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!! - by CADDYBROWN
  • love this idea - by LIBBYL1
  • Good advice. Use what you have handy. Improvise, even if all you have to use as resistance is your body weight. emoticon emoticon - by J2740LOU
  • That's right you have to find what works. emoticon emoticon - by FITWITHIN
  • creative! emoticon idea!!! emoticon - by GINGERVISTA
  • lol - by LAFFWITHLINDA
    Good going! - by SCOTLA
  • If you have the desire
    You can make fitness happen without a membership!
    Way to go...being creative is noble!!! - by CHERYLSBUTT
  • emoticon great one ,and well written too
    thanks for the smile. - by INGMARIE
  • emoticon - by CMORISAK
  • At last!! Someone else who doesn't have a home gym or go to one. I like your ideas. I've used them myself. - by MIMIDOT
  • 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. - by MELLYBEANS0919
    Just goes to prove the point: WHERE THERE'S A WILL, THERE'S A WAY!!!! Good for you! - by PICKANYNAME
    Yup...could have written that one myself! Great minds, right? emoticon - by RIVERNYX

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