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5 easy exercises that use household items.

If you feel as though leading an active lifestyle is a challenge – whether it’s due to a busy schedule, no gym membership or lack of basic exercise understanding – then Vuly's here to help! We've spent a lot of time talking about workout basics, upgrading your exercise and leading a healthy lifestyle. How about something simple?

Today, we explore some beginner's exercises, which you can complete quickly and easily in your very own home. What’s even better is that these exercises don’t require specific workout equipment; you can do them all with common items around the house.

5 household exercises – Sliding side lunge


Depending on whether you have carpeted, tiled or timber floors, this exercise is best on a towel or magazine; you want a nice, slippery motion and as little friction as possible. The 'sliding side lunge' is fantastic for strengthening and toning the legs and building core strength.

  • Stand with your legs about a metre apart, with toes pointing slightly outwards and a towel or magazine beneath one foot.
  • Slide the foot on top of the towel or magazine slowly out to the side in a ‘splits’ position – with your hands on your hips to maintain balance – and bring it back in.
  • Complete 10 slides, before switching legs.

5 household exercises – Stair calf raises

All you require for this calf-defining exercise is one step on a set of stairs! Don’t be fooled; this tiny movement has big impact, chiselling and toning your calves for strong and shaped legs.

  • Stand with your toes on a step, with your heels hanging over the edge.
  • Stand up on your tip toes and lower back down, holding onto a nearby wall or bannister for balance.
  • Complete 10, before having a short rest.

5 household exercises – Rice bag bicep curls

500 g to 1 kg bags of rice are the ideal beginner's weight for this exercise. If you have trouble holding the bags themselves, simply decant the rice into easy-to-hold cannisters.

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding the rice bags on either side of your body, with straight arms.
  • Bend your elbows, slowly lifting the rice bags up towards your chest, releasing to return to your starting position. Keep your arms in tight beside your body as you lift.
  • Repeat 10 times, before resting.

5 household exercises – Chair tricep dips


Armchair, lounge suite or dining chair… any chair in the home will do for this seriously effective upper body exercise! 

  • Sit yourself on the edge of your chair, with your feet shoulder-width apart and in front of you.
    Tip: You can increase the challenge level of this exercise by putting your feet atop another couch instead of on the ground.
  • Place your hands on either side of your bottom, arms straight, and lift your bottom slightly forward so that it's up off the seat.
  • Bend your elbows, and lower your top half down past the seat – until your bottom almost touches the ground.
  • Lift yourself back up to a straight arm position, and repeat for 9 more reps.

5 household exercises – Fruit bag squats

A large bag of oranges, onions or potatoes is perfect for these powered-up squats: the ultimate booty-building exercise.

  • Stand with your legs approximately a metre apart, holding your bag of fruit with both hands up in front of your chest. It’s best to hold up the bottom of the bag, rather than gripping the neck at the top.
  • Sit back – as if you were taking a seat – lowering your bottom back towards the ground without bending your torso.
  • Straighten back up into a standing position, with the bag of fruit remaining in front of your chest.
  • Repeat 9 more times.


Have you tried any of our household item exercises? We’d love to hear if you’ve discovered any other things around the home that make for a great piece of active equipment.

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