20th Mar 2020

How to make a home gym from household objects

Amie Mills

By Get Active 

It can be difficult to stay in shape when you are stuck indoors. Exercising from home does not mean that you have to invest in gym equipment or accessories. Luckily, there are many everyday goods from around the house to help you lead an active life.  We have put together a list of some of our handiest household objects to make a home gym that will help you to maintain your strength and mobility. 

1. Stairs 

Why invest in a StairMaster if you’ve got a staircase at home? Walking or running up and down the stairs is a great way to get your heart pumping! 

2. Water bottle 

Use hand-held water bottles as dumbbells. Give your arms a major workout by doing some squats or bicep curls

3. Chair 

A strong and sturdy chair (without wheels) can make an excellent addition to your workout. Throw a chair into the mix to practice some tricep dips. For an even greater challenge, check out some seated exercise tips from Move it or Lose it.

4. Wall 

You won’t find a home without at least four of these! Try some wall-sits for a leg workout. You can also use a wall to stabilise yourself when stretching.

5. Children!

Parents who want to make their exercises harder could add body weights: their children!  Carry them on your back while doing a range of exercises such as squats or push-ups for an additional weight.  

Image taken from Fitnessbin.

Image taken from The Guardian.

Looking for some inspiration? 

Throw some long-life goods, such as bags of sugar or flour, into a strong plastic bag to make a home-made kettlebell. See the video on the right to find out how to make your own! 


Being active is about finding out what works for you. We can help you find loads of great activities to choose from, however fit (or unfit) you think you feel.