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It’s not just toilet paper and hand soap that have been flying off the shelves lately. Weights have been very hard to come by in the last few months — both in stores and online.

If you’re looking to add some weights to your at-home workouts but can’t seem to find any, try looking around your house. You’d be surprised to find that household items can make for great replacements, whether you need 1 pound or 20 pounds. 

Incorporate the below items into your workouts for some added resistance! 

Gallon jugs
These are a great option if you’re looking to add weights to your squats, Russian twists, or lunges. Weighing in at 8.3 pounds, gallon jugs are super manageable when you’re starting to introduce more weight into your workout routine.

Wine bottle
Yes, you read that right. A wine bottle weighs just under three pounds and is perfect for a pre-happy hour workout.

Bag of pet food
These can vary in size dramatically. If you’re looking to really push yourself to a higher weight, you can get bags that weigh around 45 pounds. Just make sure you’re ready to tackle this much extra weight safely.

Laundry detergent
A 50-ounce bottle clocks in at about 23 pounds. Grab one by the handle and try some Russian swings or walking lunges.

A hardcover book weighs about 12 ounces, just less than a pound, so if you’re new to weights or want something that you can build on, books are a great option. Exercise your body first, then read a few pages to exercise your mind.

If you want to work on your core, sliding workouts are where it’s at. If you don’t have sliders or can’t find any, grab your dish towel and put it under your feet. Get into a plank position and pull your legs in one by one toward your chest. Your abs will be burning in no time.

xx, The FabFitFun Team