With gyms reopened at reduced capacity due to the pandemic, maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle can be a bit more challenging. While missing a few workouts isn’t a big deal, skipping weeks of exercise can take a major toll on your physical and mental health. Daily exercise can help prevent and improve a number of health problems, including depression, high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis.
Worried you don’t have the proper equipment? The truth is, you can burn the same amount of calories and build as much muscle using your own body weight. A great way to start an at-home exercise routine is through instructor-led exercise videos you can follow along to. Thankfully, there are plenty of fitness apps, virtual trainers and workout programs to choose from. Even better, there are a ton of fun options available, from dance workouts set to your favorite songs to routines you can practice with your kids – or your dog!
With the Active&Fit Direct™ program, AAA members get access to over 11,000 participating fitness centers, 1,500 videos, one-on-one lifestyle coaching and virtual classes for just $25 per month.* The Active&Fit Direct program also offers 200 digital workout videos and daily workout classes on Facebook Live and YouTube at no cost. Join now – the $25 enrollment fee is being waived through Dec. 31, 2020.
No matter what your fitness goals are, staying healthy and in shape is totally doable from the comfort of your home. These are some of the most high-energy and unique classes that let you have fun while exercising.
Upper Body Blast With Active&Fit®
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Active&Fit Direct premiered its Fit at Home program which is free to the public. Led by instructor Penny Bailey, the weekly virtual workout series offers a variety of 30-minute classes including yoga flow, yoga core, upper and lower body blasts, and a fitness mixer. For these classes, Penny says you’ll need a chair or bench and light and heavy dumbbells or your own home hack weights (like water bottles). You can join her Facebook Live workout classes every week day at noon, or watch them later on YouTube.
Yoga With Adriene
Yoga can be an effective way to cope with a high level of stress, and now is the perfect time to give it a try. Adding yoga into your daily routine has a range of benefits from improving core strength and flexibility to calming your mind. It also doesn’t require much equipment.
If you’ve ever searched for a yoga tutorial for beginners, you’ve likely come across the widely popular YouTube channel, Yoga with Adriene. Host Adriene Mishler will lift you up with her soothing voice as she guides you through each 20-minute session. Her channel offers hundreds of free videos that cover a mix of yoga styles on mindful breathing and stretches for beginners and yoga fanatics. No matter your age or ability, Adriene has a routine for you.
Dance Party Workout With MadFit
Take your cardio routine to the next level with this total body workout that uses popular dance moves to help you burn calories and more importantly, have fun. From warm up tutorials to intense partner videos, Maddie Lymburner offers a wide variety of free workout routines she’s created that go along with trendy songs on her YouTube channel, MadFit. If you like to dance, you’ll love MadFit.
Dance Along to Classic Songs With Never Stop Dancing
Who doesn’t love a good dance workout? This throwback dance workout is fit for all levels of dancers who want to improve their dance moves and have some fun in the process. Want to learn how to dance along to your favorite old school songs? Never Stop Dancing brings the dance floor to your living room with choreography that’s easy to pick up. Instructors break down the basic steps of each song in tutorial videos before providing a master video to dance along to when you’re ready. You can learn the steps to Footloose video above by clicking here.
Lower Body Workout With Jillian Michaels
From lunge stretches to sumo squats, celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels guides you through 15 of the most effective leg strengthening exercises. In just 10 minutes, this workout is guaranteed to help improve your balance, strengthen your core and tone your lower body. Michaels has a selection of quick and easy at-home fitness videos, including a series of chair workouts, which are accessible with an Active&Fit Direct membership and through The Fitness App.
Home Workouts for Seniors With The Body Coach
Physical activity is necessary, no matter how old you are. If you’re a senior, exercise is important for improving muscle strength, flexibility, blood circulation and boosting your overall mood. With limited access to gym equipment, a sturdy chair can be used for your at-home workouts.
Joe Wicks, AKA The Body Coach, has helped seniors stay active during the pandemic with his series of workout videos for seniors. His first of four videos geared towards seniors involves light stretching and low-impact squatting you can do from the comfort of your home.
Kids Workouts With The Body Coach
The Body Coach becomes The Froggy Coach with a hilariously entertaining video series to help parents keep children moving and having fun. Ranging from five minutes to sixteen minutes, Joe Wicks leads you through a mix of basic exercises including squat jumps, burpees and reverse lunches. Dressed in a funny costume, he encourages everyone to follow along.
HIIT Total Body Workout With BeFit
Barry’s Bootcamp instructor Allie Cohen leads this full body circuit workout that will keep you moving with strength training and cardio moves, making it one of the most rigorous on the list. High-intensity interval training or HIIT workouts are one of the best ways to get fat-burning results in no time. Cohen takes you through four sets of exercises that can be modified to fit any skill level by adjusting reps, weight and form. For this HIIT workout, make sure you have a set of light dumbbells, a bottle of water and a towel. Get ready to get sweaty and have a great time!
9. Cha-Cha Cardio Latin Dance Workout With Nicole Steen
Host Nicole Steen will shake up your exercise routine with this fun and exhilarating cardio dance workout. If you’ve never done a cardio dance routine before, don’t worry. Steen leads you through this high-energy class that repeats many of the same basic salsa moves in various combinations and patterns. Whether you’re a beginner or salsa pro, get ready to cha-cha away calories and tone your body from head to toe.
Squat Your Dog Fitness Challenge
The Squat Your Dog Challenge is the most adorable fitness trend on social media. Fitness and pet enthusiasts have been posting videos of themselves replacing weights with their furry companions. The trend involves picking up your dog and doing basic squats with them over your shoulder or in your arms. This exercise is not recommended for those who have large dogs.
How are you staying active these days? Tell us in the comments below!
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