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How To Make Homemade Ankle Weights

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 10

It is that time of year.  Time for you to clean out your closet, time for you to organize, and time for you to really consider whether or not you need all of those items that you have accumulated.  It is also the time of year that people begin to focus on their health.

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for a way to achieve my fitness goals.  I already discussed one of my favorite ways (using a kettle bell), but if funds are limited, you can also use things that are in your home.  It fits in with the current popular idea of recycling and being green.  One of the ways that I recently thought would be a good idea is to make homemade ankle weights.  Here are some suggestions that you can use to make ankle weights.

The Outside of the Weights

The outside of the weights depends on the type of weights that you need.  IF you want a more permanent version of weights then you should consider using socks.  However, if you want weights that might not be as permanent then you can use plastic bags.


Homemade ankle weights can be made out of the materials that you have in your house.  You know those socks that don’t have any matches; you should consider using them to make ankle weights.  In order to make the weights, you will need to make sure that the socks do not have any holes in them (or if they do, you should sew them up so that things will not fall out).

Plastic Bags

Okay, this is not the best option but it can work.  Sometimes, you only have those grocery bags available.  If you use this method, I would recommend that you use double bags.  Basically, you will fill the bags with materials and tie them around your ankles.  It is really simple, but if you use plastic bags, your weights probably won’t last as long (at most, I would expect three uses). 

Inside of the Weights

The inside of your weights should be composed of a material that will allow you to get about one pound to a pound and a half of weight.  This means that you want to find something that is small and inexpensive.

Generally, you can fill the weights with any material that is small enough to fit into the outside of your weights.  Since you are making homemade weights, you should look around your house to find small things that you can use.  Here are two ideas of items that will give you the weight that you need and are relatively inexpensive.


Using rice is a good idea because it is small and it does not cost too much money.  The best thing about using rice is that you will be able to easily mold the weight around your ankle.  If you use rice, make sure that you do not pack the weight too much.  You still want to be able to wrap the weight around your ankle.  Also, make sure that you weight the weight so that you do not put too much rice into the weight.


Beans are a good material because they are convenient.  When you put them in a weight you want to make sure that you use them in a raw state (i.e. uncooked).  The size of the beans means that you do not have to use too many of them.  I have found that beans are the easiest material to use in a weight because they are easy to maneuver.  You can also buy beans at a relatively cheap price.  If you do not have beans in your pantry, you should look at the local sales in your grocery store.  Many stores have sales on beans by the pound.  You can also find relatively cheap beans available in a bag.



Dec 16, 2011 3:37pm
Never thought about that.
Dec 16, 2011 6:22pm
Homemade ankle weights are an interesting idea. It is a great way to get cheap tools to lose weight.
Dec 17, 2011 5:34pm
Great ideas - it goes to prove that you don't have to be wealthy or a member of some fancy gym to get a workout.
Dec 18, 2011 3:56am
Thank you! I try to find the most frugal way to approach things. I am glad that you enjoyed the article.
Dec 21, 2011 12:19pm
Making your own homemade ankle weights is a very inventive idea.
Jan 7, 2012 5:35pm
Thank you. It is a good way to use recycle some things around the house.
Dec 21, 2011 6:44pm
Interesting ideas for homemade weights.
Jan 7, 2012 5:34pm
Thank you.
Jan 7, 2012 7:46pm
Using rice is a great way to fill homemade ankle weights, I've done it. Never thought of using beans.
After you have made the ankle weights, you can wear them to increase resistance for simple exercises such as star jumps or running up and down the stairs.
Jan 21, 2012 10:23pm
I think anything that is small and cheap is something that you can try to use to fill up the weights.

You can also wear ankle weights when you are walking or doing jumping jacks.
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