8 Common Household Items You Can Use Instead of Weights

No time for the gym? No problem. Build up some muscle with stuff around the house.

You've probably heard it a hundred times this year — weight lifting is the way to go when it comes to getting truly fit and banishing that dreaded belly fat. But who has a full set of weights lying around the house? Trick question: We all do.

Our apologies if you were still using the whole I-don't-have-time-for-the-gym excuse to avoid adding pumping iron to your regular routine. Those ridiculously big books you love showing off on your shelf? Why hello, set of 5-pound weights. The cans you were about to make dinner with? Some light dumbbells to get you started.

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There are tools all around you that will help you get into shape — you just have to keep your eyes open. In the video above from PumpUp, you'll find even more creative ideas for getting toned in the comfort of your own home. They're all great, but we're especially partial to the pet one. Because what cat wouldn't want to be used as a dumbbell?

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