Whilst some of us may have secretly used isolation as an excuse not to workout, staying inside for long periods of time can be made all the easier with some at-home fitness ideas. I always get questions from you guys about my fitness tips so now I’m looking at how to keep fit at home. Lots of gyms and instructors have taken their classes online, meaning you can stream classes to your TV and join in at home and meditation apps like Headspace have either reduced or totally waived their fees for the duration of the pandemic. To save you spending hours choosing your fitness resources, I’ve put together a list of how to keep fit at home.
I couldn’t write about how to keep fit at home without mentioning PE with Joe. Joe Wicks’ daily Youtube workouts have been so popular during the UK’s lockdown; he’s had families up and down the country working out together all whilst raising money for the NHS.
Free for two weeks and then £14 per month, Pilates Anytime provides access to over 3,400 Pilates videos that you can stream anytime or follow a programme. Really good for someone not sure where they want to start or a Pilates beginner.
Robin Long has a 15 minute per day Pilates plan that you can sign up to at her website for about £20 per month, or follow her Youtube channel. They are really gentle exercises so ideal for all fitness levels. Use a mat if you have one but the workouts can also be done without.
The range of yoga videos here is huge- you can choose by yoga type, mood or level of experience. Some of them are only 10 minutes long so you can squeeze in a quick practice when you have the time. You can also follow her scheduled live sessions.
This channel is organised by time, which is ideal for busy parents who might suddenly find they have a free half an hour and don’t want to spend ages trawling through lists of videos.
For people missing their usual time in the gym, Open Gym have a really good Bodyweight programme that is designed with little or no equipment in mind making it a great at-home option. 7 day free trial and then around £10 per month for this particular programme.
This is such a fun idea. Ryan Heffington is doing Instagram Live dance classes called Sweatfest for anyone to follow at home- the times are listed in PST (Pacific time) so if you’re in the UK, just add on 8 hours. His 10am becomes 5pm…ideal. He also raised over $60,000 for Black Lives Matter in one week.
Looking after the mind is just as important as looking after the body and so I’m including some meditation apps and websites that I’ve found useful. Anxiety levels are likely to be higher than normal so a website like Insight Timber is a really good one to explore. Totally free, it provides access to 30,000 free meditations and there are sections for sleep, for kids and with music.
I love this one. The Royal Academy of Dance have launched RAD@Home which has easy-to-follow dance classes designed for the over 55s. Every Wednesday at 1pm GMT video lessons will be released for you to watch online. They will also be on their Youtube channel as well as on IGTV. I’ll definitely be trying this one…and sending it to Mum.
Apple’s App of the Year 2017, Calm is one I’ve had on my phone for ages. Sign up for a week free trial and then there’s an option to pay monthly (£13.49) or annually (£34.99) where you get access to hundreds of sleep stories, meditation sessions and music.
These guys have just released an on-demand fitness service called CCTV, offering Yoga, Pilates, HIIT and strength sessions all taught by one of their expert trainers. You can start with a 7 day free trial or if you sign up to the £12.99 monthly subscription, you can use the promo code LOUISE for your first month free.
With 100 live classes every week, an on demand section AND programs to follow, this is a really fun one. Making exercise fun is key if you’re working out from home and these guys really do that.
PVolve have been making waves in the fitness world for a while- I loved their workouts when I was in LA and brought my resistance bands over here to carry on. I like getting the odd workout in when Honor is asleep.
Such a fun HIIT training session with an Aussie twist. I used to do these workouts in LA and they’re SO good…I really miss them but I can now do all their classes at home with Mate to Go! Thrilled about this one.
I’m all for a workout that is quick and these two women really know how to work your muscles hard in a short space of time. They can be streamed online, on your laptop, tablet or phone so space need not be an issue.
Amber Scott usually teaches in Sussex but has taken her yoga classes online. Her Instagram (@amberscottyoga) has lots of videos but she’s also teaching on Zoom and classes are by donation. Message her on Instagram for the schedule.
However you choose to look after yourself, just do a bit each day and you’ll notice the difference in how you feel immediately. I’ve been trying something new every day and am loving the different classes.