Just because we're all staying in right now doesn't mean it's impossible to keep fit. If you’re looking for ways to fight the "quarantine 15," you're not alone. Luckily, there are dozens of streaming platforms offering free workouts to help you combat binge butt as your shelter in place.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Free if you use Apple Podcasts, Aaptiv is a subscription-based audio workout app known for its wide variety of activities. Use the dashboard to find workouts, meditation sessions, yoga flows, circuit training, and more.
It's an excellent option for people who like to put in headphones and go rather than watching a workout on a screen. If you don't use Apple Podcasts, Aaptiv offers a free 7-day trial period and comes at a price of $99 annually after that.
2. Fitness Blender
Recommended by the Wirecutter and more, Fitness Blender is a free at-home workout option. Offering roughly 600 channels to choose from, Fitness Blender makes it easy to find things like lower body workouts done with at-home equipment like resistance bands, as well as no-equipment workouts.
It's also a great place to turn if you're looking for high-intensity interval training cardio workouts.
3. Nike Training Club
Nike Training Club's app offers a premium paid option if you're looking for unfettered access, but we like the free version just fine.
Offering basic content that is both plentiful and extensive, Nike Training Club is a great option for runners or anyone looking for an effective, full-body, at-home workout. Add some variety to your workout with the free on-demand videos and audio classes.
Known for its high-end, in-home bike system, Peloton has emerged as a leader in the fitness industry. The Peloton app, however, takes things one step further.
Offering a free 90-day trial period, with a $13 a month subscription fee after that, the Peloton app includes everything from Peloton indoor cycling classes to intense yoga streams, strength training workouts, cardio, and high-intensity interval training classes, meditation, and stretching exercises. In short, it's an excellent option for anyone who wants to stay fit while social distancing.
5. The New York Times's 6-Minute Workouts
Of all the things the New York Times is known for, we bet you didn't think working out was one of them. Think again. Housed in the "Well" section of the New York Times, these six-minute workouts are both practical and attainable.
As a general rule, each workout includes a lower body, upper body, core, and cardio element. You perform each move for 30 seconds, followed by a 15-second rest period before you repeat the sequence. Ideal for those moments when time is short, or for people who are new to working out, these activities are beginner-friendly and easy to perform, but no less effective than a more extended class.
If you're a yoga junkie, look no further than Glo. Offering a two-week free trial and an $18 a month subscription fee after that, this app provides high-quality yoga and pilates sessions. Unlike many other fitness apps, this one also offers a meditation component and multi-chapter courses, which is ideal for anyone looking to build intensity slowly.
Don't Forget to Take Care of Yourself
If you're working out at home, it's still important to take care of your body after an intense class. Don't forget to stretch, listen to your muscles, back off if you feel pain or excessive pressure, and recover correctly.
Depending on your fitness level and activity of choice, recovery looks a bit different for everyone. As a general rule, you want to drink plenty of water, soothe sore muscles with a foam roller, Epsom salt bath, or CBD oil applied topically, and make sure you're incorporating rest days.
When you do all of that, working out at home is safe, effective, and a great way to burn some time during the quarantine. If you have kids or a partner at home, make your daily workout a group activity. It's a great way to bond and emerge from isolation stronger and healthier than before.