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Turn your home into a personal fitness centre using things you find around the house.

Stairs for jogging

If you can’t go out yet for your daily jog but you have stairs at home, don’t fret. Start by walking up and down the stairs a few times to warm up. Once you get the hang of it, try lightly jogging up and down the stairs. If you want to challenge yourself further, carry dumbbells with you.

Water bottles for weights

Speaking of which, if you don’t have any dumbbells at home, you don’t have to go all the way to the fitness store to buy some. Take two used 650ml plastic bottles, perhaps water bottles, and fill them with tap water. Voila! Makeshift dumbbells that you can use for exercising. Remember, by reusing the bottles, you are helping minimise the plastic waste out there.

Chairs for dips

Before you try this one, make sure you have a sturdy, heavy chair that won’t tip when you lean on it. Place your hands on the front corners of the seat behind you, extend your legs, bend your elbows to lower yourself down, then straighten your arms to raise yourself back up. Repeat. Too easy? Challenge yourself to chair-assisted decline push-ups, by putting your feet on the chair, your hands on the floor, and do push-ups just like your regular ones.

Walls for wall sits

This is pretty self-explanatory, put your back flat against the wall, heels on the ground and form a 90-degree angle with your hips and knees. It looks simple and easy, but it builds endurance, especially on the quadriceps at the front of your thighs. Step it up a notch by holding a dumbbell in each hand as you do the wall sits, and do bicep curls or shoulder presses while you’re at it.

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