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Admit it: It's tough balancing a healthy lifestyle while dealing with long hours at the office. Although you may be thankful to finally have landed the job of your dreams, you may have noticed that you've begun to neglect your morning run. Or you’ve traded in your routine gym session for happy hour. Maybe you've been so swamped, that you simply haven’t had the time to workout. It happens, because life as we know it can get hectic.

Even if your schedule is packed day in and day out, there are some ways you can squeeze in exercise. The best part is you don’t need expensive equipment, and you don’t even need to leave your house. You can easily use household items to get a quick workout whenever you have a spare moment. We've come up with some fitness solutions to get extra use out of the items laying around your home so that you have no excuse to not get that heart rate up a few times a week.

1. The  Wall
Use a wall to tone your glutes, legs, and abs with wall sitselevated pushups, or as your support for handstands. The wall is also a great way to practice squatting if you're still working on mastering your form or for modifying push ups if you have hard time doing them from your knees or feet.
2. The Stairs 
Get sweatin' with a stair warm up. You know what we are talking about: run up and down the stairs for as long as you can. Your workout can also include jump squats, lunges, toe taps, calf stretches or lateral moves if you're on the advanced side.
3. Milk Jugs
Don’t have sets of dumbbells? Use water bottles for light weights and milk jugs for a heavy lift. Start off by using the lighter bottles and perform more 15 reps with them. Then switch to the jugs and perform fewer, yet controlled reps. It doesn't get easier!
4. Chair or Couch
You can use a sturdy chair or couch to perform push-ups, squats, tricep dips, or make side planks harder by placing one foot on top. Target those abs by using the bottom of the sofa for assistance when doing sit-ups, or challenge your hamstrings, calves, and butt with a glute hamstring raise.
5. Hand Towels 
One of the best workouts you can get is by using a basic hand towel! You can work your core, arms, shoulders, legs, even your glutes with this item. Challenge mountain climbers, planks, or pikes by positioning a towel underneath each foot. You will find that using the towels practically forces you to engage your abs because you have to maintain that control. Clean floors and toned abs? Sound like a win-win scenario to us.

Tell us, do you have any household items that you use for a quick workout?