By Zoe Cate, Staff Writer
// While quarantine may seem like a perfect excuse to lay in bed all day and binge-watch Netflix, it is important to remember to get some form of physical activity during the day. Exercising is extremely beneficial during this time, as it helps instill a sense of normalcy and promotes good mental and physical health. Although the shelter-in-place order forced all of the gyms to close, there are great at-home workout resources that are just as effective. Here are four of my favorite at-home workouts during this time!
Orangetheory is a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) group fitness class. Although their studios have closed during this time, they are providing at-home workouts on their YouTube channel that everyone can do; simply look up Orangetheory Fitness, click on the date, and you are ready to work out! The workouts are 30 minutes long and are designed to build strength while also getting your heart rate up. Orangetheory has also made the workouts extremely accessible, as in-studio equipment is not necessary; you can use a can of beans or a jug of water as your weights. This workout is too simple to not give it a try!
Peloton is best known for their at-home virtual spin classes, but they also have an app that has a plethora of other exercises such as strength classes, yoga, boot camps, outdoor running guides, and stretching exercises. They are currently offering a 90-day free trial, so now is the perfect time to try out these classes! The workouts range from ten minutes to an hour, and there are classes for all fitness levels. Peloton has something for everyone and is a great way to get your body moving during quarantine!
CorePower On Demand
CorePower is a yoga studio chain that offers a variety of yoga classes spanning from beginner yoga to a strength training yoga class. Although they have closed all of their studios, you can still chaturanga at home with their On Demand classes. They are offering a collection of free classes, or with a subscription of $19.99 a month, you get access to hundreds of classes. Yoga is a great exercise during this time because it focuses on both the mind and the body. Use these classes as a tool to focus on yourself and your yoga practice instead of the craziness of the world. So get your mat and some light weights and get flowing!
YouTube has an abundance of easy yet effective at-home workouts. Fitness YouTubers are sharing their expertise by posting workouts ranging from simple yoga flows to intense HIIT sessions. Kayla Itsines is well known for her SWEAT app and Bikini Body Guide (BBG) program, but she also has a YouTube channel where she has some free workouts that incorporate high-intensity plyometric exercises and cardio. Maddie Lymburner, also known as MadFit on YouTube, has a variety of fitness videos, where she takes you through the workout in real-time. Her videos encompass toning pilates moves, as well as exercises that get your heart rate up. Finally, OrangeTheory instructor Austin Hendrickson’s channel, Training Tall, is an informative and efficient resource. He gears his channel towards rowing, but he also has a variety of workouts that do not require a rowing machine. His knowledge as an OrangeTheory instructor makes it feel as though you have a virtual personal trainer. No matter your skill level or interest, YouTube has a workout for you and is a perfect way to get a sweat on during the day!