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Here's a simple five-minute workout to do whenever you have a break

Many of us don’t have access to gym equipment right now which is why we’re sharing simple ways to get moving without spending a dime! You’d be surprised how useful your household items can be when it comes to breaking a sweat. Fitness expert Jim Karas demonstrated a variety of full-body exercises that you can incorporate into your daily routine using towels, pillows, cans and a pot!

USING TWO HAND TOWELS

Sliding Plank

  1. Fold your towels in thirds.
  2. Use one towel as a little cushion for your knees and one for your hands.
  3. Get into a modified plank position and push the towel forward with your hands.
  4. Once your arms are extended, hold in position and squeeze.
  5. Repeat this in reps in a slow and steady movement to work your abs and back muscles.

Sliding Bridge

  1. Roll up one towel and use it as a head support.
  2. Lay on your back, bend your legs towards you and place your feet on the second towel. Then, rest your arms on your sides and extend your legs out.
  3. Squeeze your legs back in to return to a bridge position. If you find that you need extra support, extend one leg at a time.
  4. Repeat this in reps to work your hamstrings.

USING A PILLOW

Bridge Squeeze

  1. Lay on your back with your knees bent towards you and place your pillow in between your thighs.
  2. Thrust your hips up and down to tone and strengthen your inner thighs.

USING TWO SETS OF CANS

Black Flies (Small cans)

  1. Hinge your body and hold one can in each hand.
  2. Extend your arms away from your body then bring them back closer towards you.
  3. Squeeze your back muscles while extending your arms.
  4. If you want to take it one step further, you can do leg ups while moving your arms.

Wall Sit (Large cans)

  1. Rest your back against a wall and get into a seated position.
  2. Hold one can in each hand, then curl, hold and squeeze for about 5 seconds.
  3. After doing a set of reps, you can also choose to bring your cans up to a shoulder press and push up so that they’re just over your head and not too forward. 

USING A POT

Goblet Squat

  1. Hold the pot with even distribution between both hands.
  2. Lower your body into a squat while holding the pot parallel to the ground. Squeeze your glutes as you lift your body up after each squat.
  3. If you find this exercise too easy, feel free to add cans into the pot for an added challenge.