The intention to get in shape is a common New Year’s resolution. What many people don’t realize is that it doesn’t have to take a lot of time and money spent at the gym to do so. Walking often is a great way to keep your metabolism up, and there are many body weight exercises that can be done from the comfort of your living room furniture. The following are a few suggestions on how to multipurpose your living room set for exercise.


Sofas are great for elevating certain body parts, which can add variety or even increase the intensity of a particular move.

  • bridges
  • side planks
  • crunches

Coffee Table

For moves that require a hard, flat surface like a chair or table, a solidly made, heavier coffee table works perfectly. (Bonus: you don’t even have to step away from the TV!)

  • tricep press


Pillows can play double duty as obstacles for high-intensity moves like jumping exercises, or as bolsters during your relaxing stretch or cool-down.

These are just a few ways you can use the pieces already around you to get yourself closer to your New Year’s goals, but remember: the possibilities are endless. Whatever your intention, get creative with it and have fun!