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Recession Proof Your Workout: DIY Home Exercise Equipment

The economy is on almost everyone's minds these days, but it's important that despite the tough times, we keep ahead of our health. If you're trying to cut back on your costs, you can easily transform a few items at home into your exercise equipment. The Mayo Clinic had a few good ideas as to how. They are:

  • Canned goods. Many canned goods can serve double duty as hand weights.
  • Milk or water jugs. Fill empty milk or water jugs with water or sand and secure the tops with duct tape. To adjust the weights as your fitness level changes, simply add more water or sand. If you wonder how much weight you're lifting, simply weigh the jug on your household scale.
  • Step stools. A low, sturdy step stool can become exercise equipment if you use it for step training — an aerobic exercise resembling stair climbing.

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  • Water bottles. Just like canned goods, water bottles make a great supplement for hand weights (and they won't damage your floor if you drop them). Need to beef it up? Detergent bottles do the trick too.
  • Chairs. Use a sturdy chair to do tricep dips and inclined push-ups. Have someone spot you to make sure the chair does not flip over.
  • Walls. Use your walls for push-ups (hands against the wall), stretching, and wall sits.
  • Stairs. Even if you only have a few stairs in your house, you can use them to climb — up and down.

If this sounds like something you could do, then be sure to check out this 10-minute workout that anyone can do at home.


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