5 Workout Videos You Can Stream to Help You Stay Fit During Quarantine
Here’s an upside to being stuck at home: It might finally be your opportunity to focus on your fitness goals.
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.
Where to find the best workout videos
Long enjoyed by at-home workout enthusiasts, Daily Burn offers workout videos in any category imaginable. From intro classes to barre to yoga to kickboxing (and HIIT, of course), you can stream whatever type of workout video you prefer to your TV’s streaming device, phone, tablet, or computer. Daily Burn offers trackers, goal-setting, and more to help you stay motivated, and it’s offering a 30-day free trial for those interested in giving it a try.
Yoga With Adriene
YouTube workout videos are a great way to get free home workouts, and if you’re looking for free yoga, turn to Yoga With Adriene. Adriene’s channel has more than 6 million subscribers and offers yoga flows and lessons on everything from finding focus to stretching and strengthening arms, backs, and shoulders. Pick a workout video based on your desired practice length or focus area and let Adriene guide you through a great yoga class from the comfort of your own home.
Led by the team that has helped Chris Hemsworth (yes, that Chris Hemsworth) achieve his fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness goals, Centr is a comprehensive app that offers workout videos, meal plans, and guided meditations to help users achieve their wellness goals. With trainer-led workout videos of a range of exercise classes and offerings to suit any fitness level, it’s a solid bet for anyone looking for a workout streaming service that goes beyond just the physical. Centr is currently offering a six-week free trial, with subscriptions starting at $10 per month for 12 months after that.
A fitness-focused YouTube channel led by Maddie Lymburner, MadFit features free workout videos on everything from no-equipment workouts to apartment-friendly workouts to low-impact ones. Try a full-body HIIT workout or focus on just one area: Whatever your workout preference, MadFit has a heart-pumping video for you.
Known for its at-home spin bikes and classes, Peloton also has a fitness app with a huge range of workout videos for running, bootcamp, yoga, and strength training. Some require no equipment, while others may only call for weights or a yoga mat: no Peloton Bike or Tread necessary. The Peloton App is also offering a 90-day free trial to see aspiring exercises through the coronavirus crisis, so anyone can stream effective, motivating workout videos to their preferred device. After the free trial, the Peloton Digital Membership costs $12.99 per month plus tax.