There are only 2 ways for you to come out of this global health crisis pandemic. These being in super-ripped or in dire need of a diet. As the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions have eased in some areas, many have seen them re-imposed. Here is the bottom line. Working out at home is still safer than heading to a gym or a workout studio. This even if they're now up and running.
Switching to a home workout routine isn't easy if you're used to going to a class for your HIIT or a yoga workout routine. But it takes some space and a lot of intrinsic motivation for sticking to a home workout plan. But for the COVID-19 outbreak, many fitness experts, also gyms, new fitness apps, and wellness studios are doing their part to help you stay in shape. By establishing a workout routine. Most important is to ease anxiety related to coping with the pandemic at large.
How to stay in shape during the pandemic?
This is doable. This post here will show you how it is to be followed. Even if you are having a smaller space or are without any equipment or with little time. There are still available many great options including exercises and workout program options. Many of which are focused on your upper body, the lower body, the core muscles, the chest, the back muscles, and all the other muscle groups. Really! Adding on there's high-intensity interval training, a cardio workout, yoga poses, and a lot many more. Truly, no matter your fitness level at present, these exercises will get your heart rate up and running. These in many cases will work without you having to buy a single dumbbell or kettlebell.
Some Free Home Workout Apps And Videos
The fastest way to start an at-home workout routine is through an instructor-led workout video. Be it live or prerecorded every video is close to 25 to 45 minutes in duration. Often requiring little to no fitness equipment, making it easy to jump right in and begin with it.
These videos are often with the requirement of a subscription or a membership. However many providers are offering these for free. Or as an extension to a trial version. While the outbreak leaves us stuck at home.
Here's a short but relevant list of some at-home workout apps. These with live and prerecorded videos for the following. They are including the following:
- Bootcamp-style classes,
- High-intensity interval training,
- Pilates and
- Barre exercises.
Nike Training Club
A great application for exercising here is Nike Training Club. For getting in great shape with very little equipment. This always free. With a wide variety of home workouts to choose between Inclusive of programs that help in setting an ongoing workout schedule in place. The key lies in filtering the workouts based on whether you as a user have access to a gym or equipment. Thus by providing ease in finding bodyweight-only exercises.
Amazon Prime Video
Are you an Amazon Prime member? Yes? Great! As you already have free access to a varied library of fitness videos. These are including Zumba and cardio programs such as 21-Day Transformation from GymRa. Simply head to Prime Video and search for "fitness". Next, check out the "Prime" box in the left sidebar of the screen to see what's available for streaming.
Individual personal trainers
Many personal trainers are streaming classes and training sessions online. The offline centers have been put on hold thus they are now offering their knowledge for free. You can find them on the Instagram domain. Here they're streaming daily the workout classes and showing you how to master certain fitness moves. YouTube has always been a home to many fitness trainers who keep on putting up free exercise videos. These are covering every kind of work out from yoga and pilates to even dance fitness and boot camp. Make use of the free workout classes from professional personal trainers.
Basic workout equipment under Rs. 6,000
Several apps and YouTube channels are having equipment-free workouts. However, in order to build strength or increase your efficacy, even having basic equipment at your disposal can make a huge difference.
Here are some things you can use alone or with an at-home workout. At this point, you might not be ready to invest a lot in a home gym, so here are some affordable options. You don't need everything on this list, just pick the items that work best for the types of workouts you're doing, like strength training, yoga, or HIIT.
Jump rope: If you have a room with high enough ceilings or can safely step outside, a jump rope is a go-to for warming up or getting in a quick cardio workout when you're strapped for time.
Workout mat or yoga mat: There are many types of mats out there and the one you choose will depend on your primary form of exercise, as well as the floor you're working with. For instance, you'll specifically want a yoga mat for yoga practice, while a higher-density workout mat works better for bodyweight exercises and carpeted floors.
Yoga block: Yoga blocks provide extra support during practice, especially for those who are just starting to exercise their flexibility. They're essentially a must-have for practicing yoga and these ones come in a set of two and have a soft finish while maintaining high density for balance.
A mirror: No, not (just) for checking yourself out, but for ensuring good form while you give new workouts a try. This wall mirror from Ikea provides enough width to get a good view of your workout.
Headphones: If you're working out to your phone, tablet or laptop, headphones will give you the best experience -- while also doing a courtesy to anyone in the household who doesn't want to work out with you.
Lacrosse ball and foam roller: As you ease into a new workout routine, take care of your body by caring for its mobility with these tools. This lacrosse ball will relieve tension in your feet and back. The foam roller is for usage throughout your body.
Those who love working out to YouTube videos (or even old-school fitness DVDs) will love the Mirror. It takes that at-home video workout experience and brings it into 2020 by turning a functional mirror into a screen that plays live and the recorded workouts.
We tried the Mirror and appreciated the variety of workouts, social interactions, and small footprint. Plus, while it's still a pricey investment on a monthly basis it's less than the Peloton and offers more variety. The Mirror also syncs with your Apple Watch, so you can get an accurate calorie burn and close those rings. Read our Mirror review.
Best for runners and cardio junkies
The at-home treadmill isn't what it was in the '90s. These machines now often come with an attached large screen. These are offering the feasibility of stream treadmill workouts. Adding is with the tracking of your progress. There are many apps. These are also including Peloton. For pairing with a treadmill to make home workout training with running feel more fun.