We are all mindful of advice to stay home and avoid social contact just now, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause widespread temporary closure of beloved community fitness studios and gyms across the world. Staying in shape while confined to our homes is unfamiliar territory for many of us, but current events make it more important than ever to maintain a healthy lifestyle and get active.
Aside from the obvious benefits to physical health, establishing an exercise routine in any form can improve mental health and can even help boost immunity. Many of us will be experiencing anxiety around adapting to a new lifestyle at present, and channelling that energy back into our bodies, even for 15 minutes can be very effective.
While your five-a-sides and spin classes might be off-limits, we’ve put together a list of our favourite resources for accessible home workouts to help you stay strong and fit. Most of them are free (or cost a lot less than most gym memberships) and require minimal or no equipment.
Yoga with Adriene
Adriene Mishler is an international yoga teacher from Austin, Texas. With an online community of over 6 million subscribers, Youtubing yogi Mishler aspires to break down unpopular preconceptions of yoga and make the practice accessible to people of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels. Her videos, ranging anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour in length can be slotted in to even the busiest of schedules, and require only a mat.
The Body Coach
Known to his fan base as The Body Coach, former personal trainer Joe Wicks is the exuberant pioneer behind a best-selling book series and TV show – Lean in 15. His ethos centres around quick, high intensity workouts, balanced with meal plans for the kind of food people actually want to eat. In addition, Wicks provides over 250 free HIIT workouts on his Youtube channel Body Coach TV, most of which require no equipment.
Award-winning Pilates instructor and entrepreneur Cassey Ho is the bubbly figurehead of Blogilates, a fitness channel featuring workout videos for all levels, ranging in length from ten minutes to half an hour. Ho provides a fresh take on classical Pilates with dynamic routines performed to a soundtrack of upbeat pop music from her home in Los Angeles. The first workout video was uploaded in 2009 and she has since amassed an audience of 4.8 million Youtube subscribers, a success which can largely be attributed to her feel-good nature and focus on strength, health and body positivity over weight loss.
Strength training / cardio
Aspirational personal trainer Kayla Itsines offers flexible programs through her app Sweat allowing participants the option to work out at home with nothing but a mat and 28 minutes of their time. With a variety of programs for all abilities, Itsines’ goal is to inspire as many people as possible to achieve their ideal personal fitness levels, as well as bolstering confidence and happiness along the way. An online social community is also a feature of her programs, providing some solidarity for solo home workouts.
Created by husband and wife team, Kelli and Daniel Segars, Fitness Blender is a goldmine for completely free workouts and healthy recipes. The Segars’ ethos rejects any focus on monetary gain or aesthetics and their genuine, approachable style and low key production is sure to put novices at ease. With their range of over 500 videos, including HIIT and strength training, cardio, barre and pilates and more, you can explore commitment-free to find a routine you enjoy.