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I don't have any weights at home and I am on a budget......what can I use to exercise my arms?

Any ideas?

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:23 AM on Jul. 6, 2009 in Diet & Fitness

Answers (9)
  • Fill empty plastic laudry soap contianers with sand or dirt and lift them.

    Answer by IhartU at 8:26 AM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • You can fill empty containers like the other replier said, or look at a local chapter of Freecyle. Weights aren't too expensive. The most affordable i've seen are at KMart. They have 3 and 5 & 8 pound weights for about $2.50 each, you can start with the 5 pounds and get a set for just $5!

    Another thing you can look into are things called "stretchie bands" they have them at WalMart and sometimes even at the dolar store. It looks like a pastel colored plastic scarf.....what you do is hold it in both hands, close together and pull apart....they stretch and you control the return for a good workout...if it's too easy to do, put your hands closer together, if it's too tough put them farther apart.

    Answer by Mom2Jack04 at 8:30 AM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • you can also use can food to start of small. or a gallon of water, or like it was said use an empy container fill with dirt/sand fill a little at a time and add more when u feel ready for more weight.. good luck xo

    Answer by tabbys4 at 8:34 AM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • Good answers! Also you can put a can of vegetables, or 2 cans, in an old knee high or piece of pantyhose, then you can drape this, or a bag of beans or rice, over your ankle to get ankle weights. I'd suggest a can of vegetables for the arms at first, then a couple cans in a week or so- the knee high or hose idea lets you get more weight in your hand, and is very easy. For more weight, a bag of sugar or flour is 5 lbs, put the bag of sugar or flour in a grocery bag or cloth bag and use this for lifting, both on the foot and in the hand.

    Answer by Bmat at 8:45 AM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • Use your own body weight weight and do push ups. You can use books or canned foods to work your bicepts and tricepts.

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 9:14 AM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • all these ideas are great. if you wanna go lighter than a laundry detergent bottle, my mom used to fill empty joy dish soap bottles with sand or dirt. the shape and weight more closely resembles small dumbbells. she'd use them while walking, it worked really well.


    Answer by mellypoo at 9:50 AM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • Push-ups are so as many as you can.

    Answer by Farrahann at 11:56 AM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • Hook, cross and uppercut punches!!!!

    Answer by babycakes254 at 2:24 PM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • look up military work outs. You can work your entire body without a single weight or band.

    Answer by sk_tennyson at 3:55 PM on Jul. 6, 2009

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