You do not always have to use expensive weights in order to start strength training; you will be surprised to know that there are a lot of items around the home that will do the trick just as well.
You may not have the space to store big exercise equipment, or you may not have the money to buy it.
Here are some examples of good strength training equipment alternatives that you can find around the house.
Canned, bottled, bagged or boxed items
Using a standard size can of soup is basically the same as a 1 pound weight when using it for a bicep curl.
When you come to a stage when you need a heavier weight, you simply move onto a heavier can or onto a bottled product.
If you feel you need a 2 pound weight, a big bottle of ketchup is exactly the same.
If you are looking for a bigger weight to do weighted lunges, a 1 gallon milk jug weighs around 8.5 pounds.
When you are looking for a more challenging workout, once you have drunk the milk, replace it with sand and this will work even better.
If you are looking to build up your arms, use your laundry detergent as most of these have built in handles which makes them perfect for one-arm rows and they can weigh up to 10 pounds.
Also, if you are completing crunches, put a bag of rice or flour on your chest to increase the workout as these usually weigh around 5 pounds.
These can work in a similar way to resistance bands and a lot of us will have these in our garage or even around our suit cases as they are handy for tying things down when moving.
Simply tie loops on either end (one loop for your hand and one for your foot.)
You may have a really long cord in which case you can use it for doing bicep curls by stepping onto the middle of the cord and working both arms.
Similarly a short cord works great for stretching and working your chest and arm muscles.
Your Own Bodyweight
This is one we all overlook, ourselves. On average a 140 pound person will burn 175 calories by simply walking up and down the stairs for 30 minutes.
You can also use the aid of a chair and do some tricep dips.
Aim for 2-3 sets of each exercise that you do, with 12-15 repetitions per set.
Completing these bodyweight training strength exercises it will only take you 3-4 days a week in order to tone up.
But remember to have a day between exercising the same set of muscles; this is important with strength training.