Although it’s not the most-used excuse for avoiding a workout, it’s still a very common one that people come up with: “I can’t afford to right now”. Yes, a gym membership can be costly but that should not be an excuse to neglect your personal fitness. With so many different options out there, have you ever considered trying to make some of your own fitness equipment, such as a set of DIY Water Bottle Weights?

Getting into the habit of working out at home is such a good idea. You can cut down on the cost and time compared to working out at a fitness facility. If you are just starting out and do not have the money yet to invest in equipment that should not be an excuse to wait until later to get started on your fitness journey. Of course, fitness equipment is a good investment, but it’s not always affordable given your life circumstances. If you are at a point in your life where finances are tight that should not be a reason to hold you back from taking your fitness seriously.

DIY Water Bottle Weights for an affordable at-home fitness experience!

With a little bit of creativity (and of course a little bit of help from a health & fitness blogger) you can turn some everyday items into temporary pieces of fitness equipment to get you started. While you don’t necessarily need equipment to start out (there are plenty of exercises that you can do without any equipment at all!) it’s always nice to have something to work with. Often having a light weight to hold onto while doing arm exercises can help you retain the proper form, making it easier to prevent injury. Plus, it’s always a good idea to up your weight and add a little challenge to your routine once you’ve become accustomed to it.

In this post, I am going to share one of my favourite ideas with you for making affordable light weights to get your own at-home workout station started for very little money. At the beginning of your journey when you are learning and practicing different exercises all you need are light weights to start achieving results anyways, so there’s no point in spending money on equipment until you’re absolutely sure you want it.

I try my best to always be prepared and bring beverages in reusable bottles when I go out. Sometimes things go unplanned and I find myself in a position where I’m at a convivence store (or gas station) purchasing a beverage in a disposable bottle to keep myself hydrated. There’s no need to feel ashamed, it’s important to stay hydrated after all. Next time you find yourself in that position just remember this post because you can use that bottle to create a light weight for your home fitness station. This is what I call recycling done right!

So what Do you need for this project? Only two things to be exact:

  • 1 Plastic bottle with lid
  • Filler of choice

Before I get to what you can use as filler, there are a few important things about the bottle we must discuss first. It’s important to choose a plastic bottle instead of a glass bottle because you don’t want to deal with the mess of broken glass if you drop your weight. Safety first! You should also make sure you pick a bottle that fits comfortably in your hand. If it’s too awkward or uncomfortable to hold you will not be able to perform many exercises with it.

Water bottles aren’t the only thing you can use to make your own weights. There are quite a few things around your home that you may be tossing into the recycling bin without giving another thought. Consider some of these items to make your own weights with:

  • Water, pop, or juice bottles
  • Shampoo/Conditioner bottles
  • Milk jugs
  • Laundry jugs
  • Dish detergent bottles
  • Round tin containers (like the kind used for loose leaf teas)
  • Vitamin containers

As long as you can hold it in your hand and it has a lid, you’re more than likely good to go! I lucked out because my boyfriend got a Pepsi on his way home from work last night and of course left the empty bottle on the coffee table (do all men do that?) so I have something to work with for this project today. Always make sure your bottle is clean and dry before you start.

Let’s get started!

Now that we have taken care of the outer layer, let’s get to what’s inside. When it comes to your water bottle weight’s filler your imagination really is the limit. I prefer to use sand, pebbles/small stones, or gravel. Today I will be using gravel from my backyard as filler in my DIY water bottle weight. For these projects, I like to keep things as cost-efficient as possible so getting my filler from the backyard for free is always a bonus! In case you were looking for more ideas of what to use as filler try some of these:

  • Pebbles/Stones/Gravel
  • Sand/Dirt
  • Coins
  • Water/Liquids
  • Litter
  • Dry Beans

This is such a quick and easy project. All you have to do is fill up your bottle with your filling of choice, fasten on the lid, and Voila! You have your own DIY water bottle weight! Recycle and stay fit at the same time. Sounds like a win to me.

This was my project for today’s experiment. I only managed to get the bottle 3/4 full before the rain started!

What items do you plan on using to make your version of the DIY Water Bottle Weights? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. This is a really good idea. Embarrassed to say it, but I really need to tone up my bingo wings, and this will work. I haven’t got any weights. So I’ll make some. Great post!

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