Working out during Ramadan is vital. If you are not a jogging-lover, there are more creative and less expensive ways to exercise than going to the gym.

To help you stay fit and keep costs down, we have put together a list of five furniture pieces and household items that can be used in a workout to replace expensive exercise equipment. Find them in your living room or storage. On your mark, get set, go home to exercise!

Chair exercises

Chair is an irreplaceable workout tool, especially if you spend long hours in the office. This furniture piece can help you stabilize your spine, strengthen your muscles and increase circulation.

For an easy start, extend your leg from knee and flex the ankle, point the toes toward the knee. Repeat this five times on each leg, alternating them. Then bring one knee to the chest circling the ankle at the same time. Alternate your left and right hip repeating this four times. Lift both arms towards the ceiling and then back down. Repeat this six times. Do not forget to keep your back straight and repeat those exercises regularly at work.

Desk push-ups

To build your upper-body strength, try simple desk push-ups. Place your palms on the edge of your desk (after making sure it is stable) and walk back a few steps. Make sure your palms are placed shoulders’ width apart. Lower your chest towards the edge of the desk and push back up. Repeat this ten times for an easy workout.

Couch workout

The best thing about this exercise is that you can do it while watching TV. It is good to build strength, as well as exercise the lower part of your body. Place one leg on the couch behind you, then bend your front leg so that the knee is 90 degrees to the floor. Push yourself back up after some time. Repeat this several times, then alternate legs. Make sure to keep your back straight.

Wall sits

To build strength and endurance, try the wall sits. Stand with your back against the wall, then bend your knees and slowly slide your back down the wall. As soon as your thighs are parallel to the wall, stay still and hold for a half minute. It is a great workout to strengthen your muscles. Try this exercise regularly and maybe you will beat the longest wall sit record which now is almost 12 hours!

Bulgarian training bag

Typically shaped like a half moon and filled with sand, this bag targets legs, arms, back, and core. Credited to a former Bulgarian wrestler, this exercise tool is used for muscular endurance and general fitness. Load your shoulders with the bag and do squats or jumps to make the best out of it.

To make one of your own, simply fill an old tire’s inner tube of a tractor or a truck with sand or wood pellets and tie up the tube.

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