As we watch television, read the newspaper, and walk through department stores we are constantly bombarded with advertisements displaying some new piece of expensive exercise equipment. With increasing monthly fees for gym memberships and hundreds to thousands of dollars for treadmills, weights, or home gyms getting in shape can be quite expensive. The cost for exercise equipment can be discouraging to the beginning fitness enthusiast or those not able or willing to spend large sums of money. You can save money by checking garage sales, classified ads, and stores that sell used exercise equipment. There are some simple ways to perform light strength training at home with everyday objects around the house can be used for resistance.
After all, ten pounds is ten pounds regardless of whether it is a fancy dumbbell or a can filled with sand. Take a look around your house and be creative.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Remember when using alterative forms of resistance the same principles and safety measures apply. If you have questions regarding strength training please refer to Strength Training for Children: Can We Do That?
Consult your primary care physician for more serious injuries that do not respond to basic first aid. As an added resource, the staff at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine is available to diagnose and treat sports-related injuries for youth or adolescent athletes. Services are now available in five locations. To make an appointment, call (614) 355-6000 or request an appointment online.