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Weight Alternatives: Getting Fit Without the Gym

By Genevieve Cunningham

If you’re at all interested in truly getting fit, you’ve probably looked into different kinds of exercise and found the very important advice: You must lift weights! While avoiding the weight room at the gym won’t keep you from losing weight or staying healthy, the addition of this routine can only bring about positive benefits. But what about those who can’t budget a gym membership? Or those who are still a little too intimidated to step foot in the testosterone-filled space? For those who are still a little unsure, take a look at these great weight room alternatives in the comfort of your own home.

Dumbbells

This is an especially great way for beginners to lift in a comfortable, low pressure environment. Dumbbells come in a wide assortment of weights, ranging from a single pound to upwards of 50. You can find them at any sporting goods store, and they are even available in some big department stores. If you want a simple introduction, just grab a set, take them home, and lift to your heart’s content. For ideas, check out YouTube or ask a fitness professional.

Kettlebells

Another incredible way to lift at home is to buy yourself some kettlebells. Kettlebells also range widely in weight, but many people find them a bit more challenging than traditional dumbbells. Their compact weight and single handle require you to adjust your body in multiple ways in order to lift the weight properly. Most of the moves are also incredibly dynamic, so you’ll almost be doing a form of cardio with these cannonball weights. Form is very important with kettlebells in order to gain the most benefit and to avoid injury. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to a fitness professional for advice.

Homemade Alternatives

If you’re not keen on spending any money at the moment, there are temporary weights that can be found in your home. Open your cupboard and grab some canned goods. These cans might range in weight from one to three pounds or thereabouts, depending on the contents. You can also save your empty milk jugs, wash them out, and fill them up with water for a homemade weight. Water bottles Gatorade, or empty bottles filled with flour or sugar or sand can also work. Just make sure they’re sealed up tightly so as not to make a huge mess! The bottom line? There’s no excuse for skipping the weights. With enough creativity, anything is possible.

The weight room at the gym really can be intimidating. But you don’t have to let it keep you from improving your body and overall fitness. Use these awesome home remedies, and watch your body and motivation transform before your very eyes.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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