AUSTIN, Texas — As gyms and exercise classes close around the country, getting a workout in may seem like a difficult task. But just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean you have to be a couch potato. This is a great time to get creative and break out from your typical gym routine. There are several items around your home that can double as workout equipment. With a little imagination, it’s easy to get an intense workout without leaving the comfort of your home. Here are a few suggestions:

Take the stairs

If you live in a two-story house or an apartment or condo with a stairwell, try walking up and down at a fast pace to get your cardio in. This gives you the same kind of workout you’d get while using the stairmaster at your usual gym. 

Use a chair

A chair can be used for several different exercises that will work out your entire body. Make sure the chair is stable so it won’t fall under you. Many of these workouts can be done while you’re watching your favorite shows or movies too:

  • Tricep dips
  • Incline push-ups
  • Decline push-ups
  • Bulgarian lunges
  • Leg lifts
  • Chair squats

If you need more inspiration, check out the video below:

Hit the wall 

Using a wall to work out can be useful for those who are trying to build their strength up, or are unable to get down on the floor. One of the easiest moves you can do is a wall push-up. According to Go4Life, face a wall standing a little farther than arm’s length away and feet shoulder-width apart. Lean your body forward and put your palms flat against the wall at shoulder height and shoulder-width apart. Breathe in as you bend your elbows and lower your upper body toward the wall in a slow, controlled motion and keet your feet flat on the ground.

Household items for resistance

You don’t need to invest in expensive sets of weights to add some resistance and intensity to your workout. Several items in your pantry can double as workout equipment. Here are some examples:

  • Laundry detergent 
  • milk/water jugs
  • Soup cans 
  • Large books

Towel/paper plates

Both items can be used for balance and stability training. If you have a hardwood floor try putting a towel or paper plate under your feet to make moves like lunges or planks a little more intense. Watch the video below for more inspiration. 

Go Online

Several trainers and fitness companies have quick, fun workouts that you can stream online for free. A lot of their workouts are equipment free and can be done in a small space. Here’s a list to get you started on your fitness journey: