Staying fit while staying at home.
Many of us have experienced disruptions to our normal exercise routines. Whether you are used to attending workout classes, going to the gym, or walking to work, working out might look different now.
Exercise is important to maintaining physical and mental health. Physical distancing measures do not have to stop your fitness routine.
Here are a few resources and other ideas to help you integrate movement into your day.
Free Online Workouts
Some major exercise companies are offering free virtual workouts! Follow these links to find home exercise classes from Orangetheory Fitness, CorePower Yoga, Peloton (free 90-day-trial), and more.
Daily video uploads with strength, cardio, and flexibility blocks.
Workouts may include some equipment but recommendations for substituting with household items are provided.
CorePower classes are live streamed and saved to their YouTube channel daily, allowing you to access classes on your schedule.
Classes range from 5-minute meditations to more intense 60-minute yoga flows.
Peloton (90-day free trial)
Strength and HIIT courses, guided runs, and more led by Peloton instructors through the app.
Options for workouts include classes with and without weights.
Variety of classes, including strength, cardio, HIIT, and yoga offered through the app.
YouTube Yoga Videos
Here are a few to get you started:
Check with your local gyms, studios, and trainers to see if they are posting training programs online or hosting live classes!
Other Ideas to Keep Moving
If you want to be active without the structure of a formal workout, here are a few other ideas:
Go for a walk.
Exercising outdoors is a great way to maintain physical and mental health.
However, be sure to continue practicing physical distancing. Maintain at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people, do not gather in groups, and stay away from crowded places.
Check with your local government for up-to-date recommendations on being outdoors.
Start a dance party.
Make a playlist of your favorite songs and get grooving!
Don't want to dance alone? Make a virtual dance party.
Mindfulness and Meditation
Mindfulness and meditation can be helpful coping techniques in times of uncertainty. Here are a few resources to start your practice, but feel free to comment below and share your favorites!
The Center for Mindfulness provides evidence-based resources for mindfulness practices, including:
Mindfulness resources in Spanish and Japanese
Offers free meditations for everyone
Healthcare providers are eligible for a free Headspace Plus membership.
Do you have other ways you have been staying active?
Please comment below to share your ideas with our community!