Hi everyone! I’ve been keeping myself busy by exercising at least five times a week, whether it be a walk, yoga, or a full-body workout. As we’re staying home, it’s important to get your body moving as often as you can. Since we can’t get to the gym right now, I’ve compiled a list of at-home workouts you can try for yourself!
YOGA & BARRE
Yoga has been one of my favorite workouts because it soothes the mind and it also strengthens the body. I have been on and off with yoga since I first tried it back in high school, but I’ve always felt exceptionally strong on the yoga mat. I’ve been loving getting back into it and learning some new moves. I’m a little new to barre, but I’ve been enjoying it as well. It reminds me of my ballet classes back in the day! 🙂
During the month of May, I decided to try Yoga with Adriene’s 30 day home challenge. It was nice to commit 30 days to yoga (with the exception of skipping it twice; oops!) and dedicate 20-45 minutes to stretching both my mind and my body. Adriene’s voice is soothing and her dog, Benji, makes appearances from time to time!
You can find her yoga classes on YouTube, and, if you’re looking to start yoga and don’t know where to start, she has awesome classes for beginners. Adriene has themed yoga videos for anger, anxiety, loneliness, etc. Her playlists contain various timed workouts, and whether you have ten minutes or forty-five minutes, Yoga With Adriene’s got a video up for you.
I’ve found CorePowerYoga On Demand to be one of my favorite and best at-home workouts I’ve done while in quarantine. It’s a vigorous workout and CorePowerYoga produces a new collection of classes each week. For $19.99 per month, you could have unlimited access to 300+ classes. The classes are pretty fast-paced and you’ll have to keep up with intense instructors. Good luck!
YogaWorks’ physical locations can be found across the United States, and since COVID-19, they released free classes available to anyone who makes an account on their website. It’s nice because the videos are in real-time so you’re held accountable for showing up and working out. There are many options like Pilates Mat, Vinyasa Flow, and Hatha Yoga. My personal favorite is Vinyasa Flow!
I tried barre3’s 15-day free trial and let me tell you; it was INTENSE. Since I wanted to make the most of the fifteen days, I did a 30-minute workout each day. I accidentally forgot to cancel my trial though, so I paid $29 for one month.
Overall, the barre3 workouts made me sweat and I felt toned afterward. There were plenty of classes ranging from strength conditioning to endurance to cardio focus.
Barre3 has classes that don’t require any equipment besides a yoga mat, and you don’t have to wear shoes! The website always includes videos for a less intense option if you have an injury or if the exercise is a little too difficult. Depending on how much time you have, barre3 provides workouts at 10, 30, 45, and 60 minutes.
HIIT & FULL BODY
HIIT stands for “high-intensity interval training.” During HIIT workouts, you can burn tons of calories in a short amount of time, and push yourself through intervals and then earn a break.
Influencers on Instagram share their workouts and fitness routines all the time. Below are some of my favorite accounts that specifically focus on fitness and share their own exercises!
My sister started Chloe Ting’s leg/inner thigh challenge, and I joined her on some of the workouts. I also tried one full body and a few ab workouts, but I haven’t followed a specific challenge of hers. Because of the repetitive exercises, I’ve heard mixed reviews on whether the workouts are effective or not. However, I might try the 2020 Summer Shred Challenge. It’s supposed to be VERY intense, so we will see how it goes!
Towards the beginning of quarantine, my boyfriend downloaded the Centr app and started a free trial for six weeks. I joined him on some of the workouts and they were really great! It’s Chris Hemsworth’s fitness app and there’s a seven-day free trial when you first sign up. Try Centr out for yourself and get ready to sweat!
The Peloton app provides a bunch of at-home workouts for a 30-day free trial. Eventually, you would have to pay $12.99 per month to keep the subscription. Even though this app is under the HIIT category, the Peloton app has thousands of classes available with a lot of choices such as running, meditation, boot camp, and yoga.
I danced for fourteen years, and I miss following an instructor’s choreography. With the easy accessibility of YouTube, I’m able to follow a video and dance again!
If you like to dance, start following the Fitness Marshall on YouTube. He provides videos with upbeat current hits and fun dance moves. He has funny commentary that always makes me laugh as well. It’s an incredible way to get some cardio in and it’s super fun to dance with a friend!
MadFit has over 3 million followers on YouTube, and with good reason. Her workouts are demanding and she gives clear instructions so you can easily follow along. I live in an apartment in LA, and the walls are pretty thin, so her apartment-friendly videos have been helpful. Her dance workouts are killer, especially the Adore You abs workout!
Despite all of the craziness going on in the world, here’s a friendly reminder to stretch and get your body moving. Even a 10-minute workout can help improve your mood! No matter how much time you have, try to block off a time to work out.
These are the best at-home workouts that I’ve tried, but I’m open to trying new ones. Leave your favorites in the comments below!
Thank you for reading this blog post, and I hope you’re staying well and healthy.
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