The community quarantine is a necessary precaution to curb the spread of COVID-19, but this whole situation sucks balls. Silver lining: many of us now finally have the time to achieve that “beach body” — something we’ve been promising ourselves since 2012.
Jokes aside, taking the time to work on your physical and mental health is important when you’re holed up at home. Not only will this keep you in shape, you’ll also be strengthening your immune system, protecting yourself from illnesses.
Thank goodness for YouTube, then. Whether you’re a gym rat who’s itching for some serious exercise or a fitness noob just looking for a way to get your body moving, you’re bound to find a workout that’s just right for you. Check out these YouTube channels to find the best workout videos for you.
For a Mind-Body Exercise: Yoga With Adriene
Staying home 24/7 can take a toll on your mental wellbeing, which is why workouts from Yoga with Adriene are just what the doctor ordered. If you’ve never tried yoga before, this is a good, unintimidating place to start. “Find what feels good,” says Adriene, a Texas-based actress and yoga instructor. She’s got workouts for every mood: some will make you work up a sweat and tone them muscles, while others are slow, relaxing practices for when you’re feeling extra anxious.
For a Transformational Workout: Blogilates
If you’ve never tried pilates before, you might watch the workouts and think, “how hard can it be?” Don’t let the simple movements fool you, these workouts are just as challenging (sometimes even more so) than your regular old gym routines. Blogilates is one of the largest fitness empires on the internet, and this is largely due to its creator Cassey Ho’s infectious, positive energy. There’s a wide range of available workouts. Some of them focus on one area, while others are 20+ minute full-body workouts — most of them equipment-free.
For People Who HATE Working Out: The Fitness Marshall
We get it, doing the same moves over and over again gets old fast. For those of you who are looking for something more fun, look for dance workouts like those from The Fitness Marshall. Host Caleb Marshall is a hoot to work out with — he’s got a great sense of humor and keeps things fun and light, and you just gotta love that sass.
For No-Frills Folks: Walk at Home
Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home videos may look dated and ’80s workout video-esque to you, but don’t underestimate them — they’re actually quite challenging. The best part is these are full workouts you can pull off in a small space with zero equipment (although her channel does have a few weighted videos for strength training).
For Celebrity-Approved Regimens: Popsugar Fitness
You probably know of Popsugar’s celebrity and entertainment content, but their fitness arm is actually quite impressive. True to Popsugar’s voice, expect trendy workouts with celebrity trainers who would probably charge you an arm and a leg for a single class. Thank goodness for the internet, because you can try out these trendy workouts for free, right in the comfort of your own home!
For the Whole Family: Body Project
Let’s be real: we probably won’t be able to achieve fitness model physiques unless we spend hours at the gym every day, and who has the time for that? Team Body Project acknowledges this, which is why they’ve created sustainable, realistic workout plans for every body. Daniel and Alexandra promise “real workouts for real people that deliver real results”. This doesn’t mean that they’ll go easy on you, but we love their words of encouragement and constant reminders to slow down if you need to, there’s absolutely no shame in that.
For Something Quick yet Effective: MadFit
If you’ve only got 10-15 minutes to spare between conference calls and household chores, the good news is you can still squeeze in a workout. With her fitness channel MadFit, Maddie Lymburner posts workouts that are generally around the 15-minute range. These short workouts are intense, perfect for getting your muscles burning.
For Bulking Up: Scott Herman Fitness
If you’re looking to getting swole, Scott Herman’s channel is all about that. His approach is simple: maximizing workouts so that you get those gains. Many of these workouts need weights, but he’s also got a great selection of bodyweight videos for those of you who don’t just have gym equipment lying around at home.
How have you been staying fit while on community quarantine? Share your experiences with us below!