5 Workout Videos You Can Stream to Help You Stay Fit During Quarantine
Once you know how to start working out, getting hooked is easy. Exercise and working out is linked with all sorts of physical, mental, and emotional health benefits, so it’s no surprise so many people rely on it for maintaining their mood and health. Unfortunately, though, fitting in a regular workout or trip to the gym is impossible now that social distancing, quarantine, and lockdowns have shut down workout studios, gyms, and even some parks or paths where you might get your sweat on.
Spin class junkies, Pilates pros, and thrice-weekly yogis (not to mention weight-room regulars) are likely struggling now that they’ve lost access to gyms and studios, but being stuck at home doesn’t mean you have to abandon your fitness goals. If you want to use this time to rest, absorb what’s happening in the world, and give your body a break, that’s a great decision. But if you use working out as a coping mechanism, you may be interested in increasing your physical activity right now, and there’s an easy way to do it: workout videos. (You can also try a stairs workout, but workout videos offer a little more variety.)
Learning how to start running is certainly a good option, but running every day can be hard on your body, particularly if you haven’t run much in the past. (Running outdoors may be difficult in crowded regions where staying six feet apart from other runners or walkers is a challenge, too.) Workout videos offer the same instruction and motivation as a studio class, just at home. Paired with other activities such as the almighty squat and stretching exercises, workout videos can be part of a well-rounded fitness routine, particularly if other workouts aren’t available.
Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best workout videos out there. Some are free YouTube workout videos, while others are offered by fitness streaming services—many of which are offering extended free trials during the coronavirus pandemic. These workout videos, all essentially free, will help you get off the couch and get moving, whether for mental or physical health reasons.