We know that exercise is important to improve mood, increase energy, improve sleep, and decrease stress. Being stuck socially distancing at home definitely will not help you get to the gym, but thanks to 21st-century technology, there’s a lot of fitness you can do from the comfort and safety of your own home.
We’ve collected some apps and online exercise resources that you and your teenager can do to get fit or stay fit at home that are free and don’t require any equipment. If you’re looking to keep the ‘rona quarantine from turning into the Quarantine Fifteen, then what excuse do you have not to?
Fitness In Your Home
Fitness-tech company Peloton is offering a free 90-day trial subscription to its home-workout app—no stationary bike needed. The home-fitness app enables group participation in classes including yoga, strength training, meditation, and cardio workouts. Previously, the app’s free trial period was 30 days and cost $13 per month. The Peloton app is available for Android phones and iPhones.
305 Fitness Cardio Dance Party
305 is a 55-minute cardio dance party a focus on high-intensity rhythmic cardio. Dance like no one is watching with fun workouts that will get your heart rate up, no equipment necessary. Tune in on YouTube Live at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. EST every day for live at-home fitness workouts. (May not be appropriate for younger teens)
Fitness Blender is a site that offers a huge selection of full-length videos that allow you to exercise at home without equipment. Here you will find fat-burning workouts, kickboxing routines, total body strength training, workouts for boosting metabolism, stretching sequences, and more.
This resource offers online classes that are full of easy exercises to do at home. Sweaty Betty provides yoga workouts, high intensity interval training (HIIT) routines, and many other types for you to try. Fitness classes range from complete beginner to experienced athletes looking for more of a challenge.
Do Yoga With Me
Do Yoga with Me is a great, free source for home yoga workouts. Many of their classes are filmed outdoors in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. The website offers high-level instruction and videos which focus on pretty much every part of the body (e.g. hips, hamstrings, back, etc.), so you can target specific areas of the body. The site is offering two months’ free subscription and access to all of its premium content.
Spark People shares short videos for all different types of home workouts, no equipment required. There are several categories—abs, cardio, yoga, and Pilates, as well as others that offer healthy cooking and eating ideas. These workouts are great when you are pinched for time. Choose a 10-12-minute routine and squeeze in some activity where you normally would have skipped it altogether.
Map My Run
If you can safely run in your neighborhood or a nearby park respecting social distancing guidelines, this running app may motivate your runner. Using your phone’s GPS, this app records your workout details, including duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned, and route traveled on an interactive map.
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Joanna Soh Official on YouTube
Joanna Soh is a certified personal trainer and fitness specialist whose YouTube fitness channel has over 1.75 million subscribers. Soh offers free videos for every level of fitness, as well as nutrition tips and advice, ranging from 8 minute to full-length workouts. Soh is offering 21 days of full-length workout classes to keep you active while you’re stuck at home.
PE with Joe, The Body Coach TV
Joe Wicks, a YouTube fitness instructor in London, live-streams 30-minute child-friendly workouts every weekday morning which are then uploaded onto his YouTube channel. With millions of children out of school around the world, Joe has volunteered to become their PE teacher. Complete with a warmup, workout, and cool down, schools are even sharing the link to his videos with their students.