Raise your hand if you were sticking to a fitness routine that really worked for you, but now it’s been disrupted by the onset of COVID-19. With the closure of gyms and exercise facilities throughout the world, many people find themselves in a similar situation. They finally have time to work out, but there’s nowhere to go to do it. So what can you do?
Exercising from home doesn’t have to be a challenge. There are many free and accessible resources available to the public that you can use to develop a new routine.
Download a free workout app
Fitness apps are one of the simplest ways to guide your home workouts. With interfaces tailored to your user experience, your workouts can be informed, and easier than ever to access. Many apps also have built-in tracking mechanisms to record your progress and growth over time. Here are a few of the best-rated workout apps on the market right now:
- Nike Run Club
- Map My Run
- C25K 5K Trainer
- Yoga for Beginners
- Lotus Yoga
- Simply Yoga
- 7 Minute Workouts
- Adidas Training by Runtastic
- Nike Training Club
Sign up for an online workout class
Maybe you’ve considered downloading an app, but what you really want is a platform that feels more community based. Exercising in a group is vastly more motivating for most people, and sometimes without accountability, it can be hard to stick to a routine. If that’s you, first do a quick search for local workout facilities hosting virtual sessions. For a small fee, you can find a community near you that you could even visit in person after the pandemic is over. For more large scale resources, check out offerings like Pure Barre On Demand, Daily Burn 365, JetSweat, and more.
Host a zoom workout with friends
If you’re looking for a free way to really have a blast during your scheduled home workout time, look no further than your very own community of fitness enthusiasts! You can construct a virtual session all your own! With free video streaming applications like Zoom and Skype, you can host a session with your friends and find fun, engaging ways to exercise in a group. Whether it’s making up your own exercise plan together, or using one from the internet or an app, working out can be more fulfilling than ever before, right in the comfort of your own home.
Check out Youtube’s resources
Youtube is another great resource to find fitness materials that are free and tailored for your use. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the vast amount of videos you can find just by entering a quick search. You can find videos designed for any age group and walk of life, whether you’re a 20-something bodybuilder, or a pregnant mom. Don’t overlook this platform—it could very well have the answers to your fitness needs!
Take a walk or ride your bike outside
Finally, what might be the most obvious route of exercise—step outside your front door and take a walk in your neighborhood (while making sure to practice social distancing). Go on a run, or ride your bike. With the summer months approaching, you can plan for enjoyable outside exercise on the warm days. Being outdoors will not only give you more space to move, the fresh air and sunlight will enhance your workout, as well. There’s nothing better than a leisurely walk on a warm day to make you feel better about your activity level, and your health as a whole.