“Exercise for Weight Loss” is an article series detailing the most successful exercise strategies that can be used to assist in speeding up the weight loss process, and help you end-up with a sleek, toned physique once your body weight gets down to your goal-weight. 

Make your own weights

If you usually train in a gym, or do classes somewhere, then the lockdown has you stumped for exercise opportunities. Why? Simple. You don’t have access to the equipment necessary to do your workouts. You know the movements well enough, but you need the extra kilogrammes to make them work.

Here’s a solution – make your own weights. All you need are some fairly regular items from around the house, and you can do something like the type of exercises you are accustomed to.

Here are some examples:

  • Light weights – A can of beans weighs about half a kilo. If you need a couple of cans, stick them together with tape, and tie a string handle onto them.
  • Medium weights – A 5 litre water bottle weighs 5 kilos. So one in each hand would be great for certain exercises.
  • Heavier weights – A backpack full of sand, bricks, or whatever else you can think of can be made to weigh a pretty decent amount. Then you can position it wherever it needs to be depending on the activity. You could do front squats or back squats with this.

No matter what your situation is, there’s a solution. The important thing is to make the effort, and keep your body in shape, because stronger people are more resilient than weaker ones

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