How to Work Out at Home

March 6, 2020

If you’re cooped up at home, you can still get in a good workout. Skip the gym and try one of these at-home alternatives instead.

  1. Sign up for an online fitness studio. When you can’t make it to the yoga studio, find a virtual studio to join. You can stream yoga classes via websites like Gaiam or subscribe to a library of fitness videos, such as Beachbody On Demand. There are even free apps that let you view workout routines on your phone, like the FitOn app.
  2. Find a YouTube video. Another budget-friendly option is the wide world of YouTube. You’ll find countless channels dedicated to exercising at home, from HIIT to Pilates. Best of all, these workouts typically require no equipment or, at most, a few simple tools like a yoga mat and a set of hand weights.
  3. FaceTime with a friend. Do you operate better on the buddy system? Keep it up even when you can’t meet at a fitness class. Register with a friend for a fitness class that streams live, directly from the studio, and give them a call, FaceTime, or Skype at the beginning of the class to make sure they logged on! You can also touch base after class to chat and sip on some coffee together (virtually), just like you would after an in-person session.
  4. Start doing your spring cleaning. You might not think of spring cleaning as much of a workout, but how often do you get down on your hands and knees to scrub the floors? Or stretch overhead to dust the blinds? If you move at a quick clip, you can turn simple household chores into a workout—and cross some things off your to-do list in the meantime!
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