It’s the new year and the second most popular resolution this year—you guessed it—is to exercise more. Lucky for you, you probably have some down time before school starts back up to kickstart your new healthy habit. If you don’t have a gym easily available, exercising might seem like a huge chore. But no need to fret! At-home workouts are super easy and convenient—all you need is WiFi and a phone, tablet, or computer. Here are some of the best workouts you can find online and in the app store.
Hosted by Cassey Ho, Blogilates is an online community and YouTube channel with hundreds of videos that address almost every imaginable exercise need. Everything from core strengthening to cardio training of various lengths and difficulty levels are available. Ho makes working out entertaining with her bubbly personality and non-stop encouragement throughout the videos. Her shorter videos are perfect for fitting in a quick workout between holiday parties.
Zombies, Run! is a free app available on iTunes and Google Play that makes running much more entertaining. Essentially, you (the runner) can pick from 200 missions to keep the humans safe from a zombie apocalypse by literally running away from them. Going for a quick jog can easily become tedious and if music isn’t a distraction enough, this app will keep you going for miles without realizing you’re breaking a sweat.
POPSUGAR Fitness is a section of the popular lifestyle website POPSUGAR that will motivate you to get up and start moving. The site features countless workout videos, with playlists ranging from Beginner’s Workout to No-Equipment Cardio Workouts, and even healthy recipes for sweet treats like apple pie. It’s also a great resource to learn about different exercise routines and other health-related tips and tricks.
No one enjoys doing cardio, but it’s essential to keeping our hearts happy and healthy. Created by Under Armour, Endomondo is a motivation app with a virtual personal trainer that tracks the goals you’ve set and pushes you to reach them. One of the reasons why many people hire personal trainers is to have someone to be accountable to and keep them motivated. Personal trainers can get super expensive, however, so this app does the job for free. Win-win!
Looking for something a little more active, but don’t want to leave the warmth of your house? FitnessBlender is a YouTube channel run by a husband and wife team, Daniel and Kelli. The two work together to create content that not only shares a variety of different HIIT (high intensity interval training) cardio workouts, but also helpful information on food and nutrition.
Whether you’re a yoga snob or have never done a downward dog, there’s no denying that yoga is a great exercise for the mind and body. Adriene’s channel breaks it down for beginners and then builds intensity and difficulty. Already know your Sun Salutation from your Chair Pose? You can skip ahead to her more challenging videos to really break a sweat. Adriene’s videos are even specialized for specific situations, like “Yoga for Mood Swings” and “Travel Yoga.”
by Jane Lee