Want to get into some weight training but can’t afford a full set of weights yet? Well if you use your imagination you can. There are many household items which you can use and still reap the benefits of weight training.
To start off weight training you don’t necessarily require a home weight gym. If you can afford it you can purchase a pair of dumbbells in the five or ten pound range. This is more than enough to get you started and in the meantime you can save for heavier weights as required.
If not you can improvise at home by using several items lying around your home. When beginning weight training you should always start with very light weights at first. You can easily use cans of food that are in your kitchen cupboards. As you progress you can use small water bottles.
If you have small children you can practice picking them up and just carrying them around. They will have fun and you will be getting a workout. Get your child to sit on your feet while doing some sit ups.
Other household items that can be substituted for weights are bags of sugar and a bag of potatoes. This weight can really add up and give you some great resistance.
When performing your weight training exercises you can make even a light weight have more resistance by slowing down your movements. At the same time really concentrate on the muscle you are trying to train. This can really make a huge difference in your results.
As your need for heavier weights increases you can fill water jugs with sand for added weight. Do you have an old tire in your garage? This can be a very useful weight training tool, just start moving in around your backyard for a great workout.
Another idea for weight training is to use your own body as resistance. This can be done by doing push ups in different positions. Try using your stairs to do push ups on. Start with a higher step and really lower your body down to the stair. As this becomes easy drop down one level until you are on the bottom step. This is also a great method to use if you have trouble doing a full body push up from the beginning. You could even use a wall to perform push ups and squats.
With a little imagination and resourcefulness it is still possible to find ways to weight train while on a budget.