Keeping fit and healthy doesn’t always mean hitting the gym or strapping on your running shoes.
There are lots of ways to stay on top of your physical and mental health, many of which you can easily do from the comfort of your home.
So, whether you’re staying home for health reasons, money reasons or just because it’s a little cold and dark outside, our guide to the best online workouts you can do at home provides lots of help and inspiration.
YouTube has become a go-to platform for those seeking to keep fit within their own four walls, with hundreds of channels dedicated to working out at home. Below, we take a look at a handful of our favourites.
Over the past 10 years, Joe Wicks has cemented himself as a household name in the UK, bringing his accessible style of home workouts to the masses through regular TV appearances and a huge social media presence. But it all began on YouTube, where Joe has been posting workout videos since 2011, including his famous HIIT (high intensity interval training) regimes. If you’re hoping to work up a sweat at home, this is the channel for you.
Up next is Fitness Blender, the channel of husband and wife team Daniel and Kelli. Between them, the couple have created and published hundreds of full-length workouts, leaving very little reason to ever visit the gym. The workouts range from easy-going to strenuous, so you should find something that works for you. There are also regular posts on nutrition and health advice, so it’s an essential subscription for those looking to stay on top of their overall wellbeing.
Speaking of wellbeing, YouTube doesn’t get more wholesome than Yoga With Adriene. Canada-based Adriene is the undisputed queen of the YouTube yoga scene, with nearly 7 million subscribers. Yoga itself is one of the easiest and best workouts you can do at home, and Adriene’s vast range of videos mean there’s something for every level. The 30-day yoga courses are a particular favourite of ours, giving you a structured course that will help get you feeling fitter and stronger – and all for free.
YouTube may be an invaluable resource for home workouts, but with it comes the drawback of being tied to a screen. Watching a video while coordinating your limbs can be tricky, so some of you may be looking for a more untethered approach to keeping fit at home.
With this in mind, here are our favourite gym and exercise apps for home workouts.
Aaptiv is absolutely ideal for those who struggle with the scenario we mentioned above: staying focused on having a good workout when you’re tied to a screen. Why? Aaptiv has tonnes of voice-guided workouts which mean you’re free to leave your phone or tablet on the side, with no need to look at the screen to check your progress. The app excels in helping you find the workouts that are right for your fitness level, with a detailed health assessment that ensures every regime is tailored to your needs. It is, however, a little pricey compared to other workout apps out there – but still cheaper than a monthly gym membership.
You may be thinking that Fitbit is behind the brand of fitness trackers, and you would be right, but their app, Fitbit Coach, doesn’t require you to own one. That said, if you do have a Fitbit or any other fitness tracker for that matter, the results you get from all the apps listed here will be much better and more accurate. Fitbit Coach has hundreds of workouts to choose from depending on your fitness goals, with clear video instructions for each move should you need to review it. The instructors are also markedly more cheerful than other apps, which can make all the difference to your daily workout.
If you love yoga, you need to get Asana Rebel. Developed with yogis in mind, this is the app to go for if you prefer to combine yoga and meditation in a video-free experience. The app has a huge range of different yoga flows whatever your skill level, with dedicated courses for building strength in key parts of the body. If you want to access every course, there’s a subscription to pay, but even for the free core and tension relief flows alone, we think this is a great app to help you stay in shape and relax at home.
If you’re interested in fitness and wellbeing and miss the gym environment, reading workout and fitness blogs can be a great way to get some inspiration and feel a part of the exercise community. Here are a few blogs that are worth checking out.
MyFitnessPal is one of the world’s best-known fitness apps, and their blog backs up their knowledge and expertise. When you register for an account on the site, you’ll get recommended articles based on your fitness goals and interests, from workout guides to tips on getting a good night’s sleep.
Fitness on Toast is a blog for those who lead a wellbeing-focused lifestyle. Curated and written by Swedish-born but London-based blogger Faya, the blog is packed with advice on keeping fit and eating well, and also contains lots of unbiased reviews and style content.
It’s hard to argue with science, which is what makes Gubernatrix such an effective blog for those who take their keep fit seriously. Published by powerlifting Cambridge University graduate Sally, Gubernatrix is dedicated to the merits of resistance training, with a tonne of workouts and exercises you can do to build strength and muscle in the home.
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