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Are You Working Out at Home?

At-Home Workouts

When life gets hard, some people cope by moving around and making themselves busy, and others cope by impersonating a burrito in the bed sheets. I have been both of these people at different points of my life, but these days, I am definitely the latter…

For a while, I was good about my early morning walks, but anything beyond that was tricky. (As I quickly discovered, running with a face mask in the summer heat is decidedly challenging.) 

For practical reasons, I’ve never been a big fan of working out at home. My apartment building was built in 1840, and to these aging beams, any amount of jumping sounds like a stampede of hippos to my downstairs neighbors. Plus, these days, my partner is often on a video conference on the other side of the room, and it may or may not be distracting to have someone kickboxing in the background.

While being a burrito has not been the best for my body, the bigger piece is how it affects my mind. So lately, I’ve been making a concerted effort to move more, and have embraced a few tricks to help: 

When at home, I opt for low-impact exercises, which can be done in less space with less noise. I love the weight lifting options from the Nike Training Club app (which is currently free!) and the Peloton app, or free YouTube videos like Yoga With Adriene.

I keep my equipment — mat, resistance bands, sliders, weights — in a basket, in plain view. Seeing it is a good visual reminder that moving is (relatively) easy. 

Sometimes, I put on my gym clothes first thing in the morning, which forces me to move before I settle into my day, whether it’s a morning walk around the neighborhood, a quick app workout, or just turning on music and winging it. 

Instead of looking at working out as this monumental thing — a long run, a full class, an undertaking that will require its own shower after the fact — I’ve been trying to squeeze in some movement wherever I can. I might do squats or leg lifts while I’m brushing my teeth, lifting free weights while watching a show, or give myself a challenge like “answer these three emails and then do ten push-ups.” Carving out smaller bursts of movement helps prevent me from being sedentary all day (a very easy trap) and makes it feel like a fun break, vs. a daunting task. 

Last but not least, I try to load up my phone with new things to listen to (these days, New York Times podcasts or 1980s hits), which helps me look forward to walks and workouts.

I’d love to hear how you’ve been approaching movement these days. Are there any tricks that work for you, or at-home workouts you love? Please share! 

P.S. Five great YouTube workout videos and what’s on your workout playlist?

(Photo of exercising women from the 1930s.)

  1. Great insight into the working out and working from home balance. I think it is easy to get stuck in a rut of continually working and forgetting to take time for ourselves. We now longer are able to schedule our work day around a fitness class. This time for ourselves has even more value. I’ve always tried to make sure I have a mental plan around the time and where I will work out. Keep this part of our daily live is essential. Jodi

  2. Jen M. says...

    I’ve used quarantine time to focus on my health — eating a LOT more veggies, walking the dog a lot more, etc. I’ve never been a fitness person, but all the changes mean I have a LOT more energy. My therapist and I brainstormed, and I started doing BollyX workouts — Bollywood inspired dance workouts — on my lunch break. I’m having SO much fun, sleeping better and super excited about how much better my body feels.

  3. I love The Sobin’s online subscription and live stream classes. My boyfriend and I do them everyday, even when we are not able to be in the same physical space. They are a wonderful way to stay connected to my body, spirit, and community in these challenging times. https://thousandpetalsyoga.com

  4. Dayna Titus says...

    Your tip about putting on workout clothes at the start of the day is good one. It’s all too easy to forgo working out with gyms closed. I think it’s more important than ever to stay physically fit during these challenging times. Making it a point to have a routine or a definite plan to work out is essential. Thanks for posting about this topic!

  5. Resi says...

    Yoga with Adriene for the win! Just love her and her classes. Right now doing the 30 day HOME sessions she has – which is a first for me. I would usually do random single classes about 5-10 times/year while also going to a “real” yoga class every now and then. With Covid now though enjoying following her online classes much more regularly. Right now doing her classes every day before work – as a doctor in OB/GYN – and despite having to wake up earlier than usual it feels soooo good!

  6. Tawny says...

    Melissa Wood Health videos have been my go-to. Pilates/yoga/barre inspired and no equipment needed. Her monthly subscription is surprisingly uber affordable (says the person who lost their job with the pandemic) and I love that she has made it accessible to every body. And the low impact is nice for my body post all the injuries from high school sports 20 years ago.

  7. Jen says...

    Natacha Oceane! She has a few no noise no equiptment HIIT videos on her youtube, and a ton of workouts on her instagram. Honestly I’ve cycled through her youtube HIIT workouts multiple times each, and they’re all so much more challenging and effective than anything else you’ll find on youtube, I guarantee. I also go to MadFit for easier workouts when I want to follow up with a specific body area.

  8. Steph says...

    I’ve always worked out at home. On the exercise bike right now ? I get social anxiety so being in groups of people / at the gym is not relaxing for me. And I have other things I want to spend my money on – yoga classes add up. Recently I’ve started getting up and hour early and working out first thing – I used to think people were crazy for doing this! But it makes you feel so so good throughout the whole day. Clear head, good energy and I get the evenings with my girls without feeling guilty from coming home from work and excusing myself to exercise straight away.
    I love going for walks in the neighbourhood with a friend as well. In NZ we are very fortunate to not have to socially distance as much now.
    Another great tip I always remember form Kayla Itsines is 2 minutes is better than nothing. Sometimes I sleep in and only have 10 minutes but it’s better to do just 10 minutes (instead of my usual 40) than nothing at all.

  9. Hayley says...

    Hands down as a family activity it’s been the ‘PE with Joe’ youtube videos being livestreamed Monday-Friday every week since lock down began in the UK. Joe Wicks is a British fitness coach who’s been producing free PE lessons for kids and their grown ups, with all proceeds supporting the National Health Service and its assocoated charities. Don’t be fooled that it’s ‘just for kids’….!

    Great to do as a family and get everyone involved, or alternatively he has adult-focused videos as well

    https://m.youtube.com/c/TheBodyCoachTV/featured?disable_polymer=true&itct=CFgQ8JMBGAAiEwj8i8HPrdTqAhUV9dUKHSxSC70%3D

  10. Robyn says...

    Walking almost every day, Yoga with Adrienne, and lots of yard work.

  11. Laura C. says...

    Working out at home, something that I never had done before, have saved my life during quarantine. Hands down to Heather Robertson. Please check out her channel on YouTube. She’s the best.

  12. Ellen says...

    i’ve loved yoga with kassandra on youtube! she has a ton of 10 minute yoga sessions that are great to wake up to in the morning as well as playlists of yoga videos that are 15-30 min, 30-45 min, etc.

    • Marisa says...

      I agree Ellen- Yoga with Kassandra is the best! I tried several different instructors, then have stayed with her for most of the quarantine. Kassandra has a great sense of flow and she’s a really great teacher. I thought I knew how to do crow pose with all my years of experience, but she taught me some nuances that have really made me improve. I am learning, getting stronger, and feeling more and more in shape. It doesn’t get better than that!!

  13. I second what Christa says – TT has gotten us happily, healthfully through quarantine! It’s WELL worth the investment, and my taller/more handsome half is equally a fan! I’ve also done Melissa Wood and have been running again, yay.

  14. Vee says...

    Local Motion Pittsburgh

    Boxing and bootcamp workouts have been the best training for the zombie apocalypse! Check them out.

  15. Adrienne says...

    Nourish Move Love on Youtube. Don’t let the name fool you, this girl, Lindsay, is a beast!
    Most of her workouts are around 30 minutes and a combination of HIIT and strength. She’s seriously awesome and I’ve gotten stronger than I’ve ever been.
    She also has a blog and sends out workout calendars to follow. Check her out!

  16. Tammy Thiele says...

    Things go up and down as far as working out! It’s either barre3 workouts at home (our local studio has been great about recording workouts with our regular instructors), or the couch! Though the thing that is really helpful for both physical and mental health are the Ryan Heffington Dance parties on instagram! They are full of joy and it’s such an incredible feeling to know that you are dancing with thousands of people all over the world when you do it live!

  17. Jane I. says...

    This article let a fire under my butt! I’m 8 months postpartum and I’ve become a SLUG since quarantine. I’ve given myself more than enough, “I’m healing from delivery” grace and I know it’s time to get back my body back motion. Thanks to this lovely COJ community I’ve since downloaded the Fit On app and OMG what a joy it’s been!! I’m using it before work, during my lunch break and after work. I’m baffled at how much I can get out of a 10 or 15 minute workout and I still can’t believe this app is free… I feel like an advertisement for them trolling in the comments, but I truly do just love this product! hah!

  18. I’ve been teaching and taking Pilates live online. It’s great because I am able to learn from a teacher I would otherwise not have access to geographically (and financially!) I like the experience of working out live (virtually) because it is commits my time differently than watching a video!

  19. I have been working out at home for years and absolutely love how much money I’ve been saving. I have three apps that I rotate. Openfit has Xtend Barre & Xtend Pilates classes that are just 30-minutes long, but kick my butt for toning. They also offer a variety of other classes like yoga or weight-lifting classes. I have an inexpensive foldable stationary bike that I’ve clocked a lot of miles on and I pair it with the Cyclecast app. They have a D.J. mix the music each week and I am a big fan of Jonathan’s picks for song choices. The last thing is a Pilates Wheel with on-demand classes. I was paying a fortune for reformer classes and this portable wheel does the same exact thing, but is inexpensive and stores easily in my little house. They offer on-demand classes and I only pay $7.50 a month versus $35 per class in our town.

  20. Amy says...

    The Kira Stokes App is amazing!

  21. Karin says...

    Rising heat finally motivated me to get up early so I can get a walk in first thing while it’s still in the 70s. Our neighborhood is easy to socially distance so I just keep a bandana around my neck in case of emergency, but have never had to pull it up. Dodging into the street is now part of my cardio, haha.

    Being outside and seeing nature while moving keeps me sane; I went a couple weeks without it during a heat wave and went into a deep black hole. Bonus: Getting more work done as well since I’m at the computer earlier, and then can knock off in the afternoon and take a nap!!!

    • Karin says...

      oh, I also signed up for Pilatesology.com. Only $20 a month and it’s well worth it. I used to take mat Pilates and really missed it, but this is almost as good as a live class! I recommend starting with one of the Basic series if you’re new or getting back to it after a while off.

  22. Erin says...

    My boyfriend and I gifted a spin bike to each other last Christmas, and it has been a big help keeping me sane during quarantimes. I found some excellent free spin classes on the Kaleigh Cohen Fitness YouTube channel. She is very positive and motivating!

  23. Ayris says...

    The Bar Method!!

  24. Hannah says...

    I signed up for the app Aflete and am doing Natacha Oceane’s Home workout with resistance bands. I’m loving it. My boyfriend is also finding a bunch of used equipment for me so I’ve had a wide range of workouts lately. I do a bunch of workouts from YouTube and go to the park and run. I have to get my workout done before the late afternoon otherwise I’ll get lazy and turn into a couch potato. I’ve been finding ways to keep me moving and motivated.

  25. S says...

    These days I am very into the MadFit youtube channel. They are mostly high intensity but low impact (no jumping!) workouts that range from 3min to 30min. Some are circuits, some are dancing workouts to songs. Because they’re so short I’ll do just one or a couple depending on how I feel. I do them before my daily yoga practice (which was already an established habit before the pandemic) as an extra little bit of strength/cardio work.

  26. Full disclosure: I used to not work out. It was not taught to me by my parents and was never part of my routine. Until I fully deeply wanted to change my relationship with my body (thank you therapy!!) and I finally gave it a try. Yoga and Running were my thing for a while but I got bored… and then Tracy Anderson came and my head exploded. I started doing them in January and they have become an essential daily routine during the quarantine. I cannot recommend it enough. It is truly life changing the amount of work you get to do with your body, the routine changes every week for every level and also so much more content and brain food is offer over and over again. I have all the equipment at home and it s just so convenient, efficient and fun!

  27. Soraya says...

    Yoga and meditation on demand at thousandpetalsyoga.com gives high quality instructions for all levels, filters on length, focus of movement and has a balance of laughter and depth. When needing real personal connection the livestream option too is a hoot and brings an hour of deep opening and strengthening. Students can type in the chat and there’s a real feeling of being in a direct space with others (and you can be at home in your pjs).

    • Jaime says...

      Yes! Sommer and Paul (owners of Thousand Petals Yoga) are amazing people and teachers. They are a gift and I’m so happy they offer so much online…especially since I’m in Atlanta and they are based in Chapel Hill. They offer QUALITY classes. I’ve been meaning to have my son do their kid yoga online series. I highly recommend giving their classes a try✨? http://www.thousandpetalsyoga.com

    • Lisa Altmann says...

      I HEART thousandpetalsyoga.com too! As a beginner It is wonderful to have inspiration and guidance to be healthier, stronger and more flexible through yoga. Thousand Petals Yoga helps bring in the calm when I need it the most, especially when the current times are so uncertain. Sommer and Paul are not only super talented teachers they are also big hearts that bring a lot of peace and smiles into my day with their classes and the connection with the global yoga community.

  28. Shauna says...

    I love the Yoga with Adriene YouTube videos too! I don’t have reliable wifi right now so I was looking into how to download YouTube videos so I could have a stash to cycle through.. Turns out you can download Yoga with Adriene’s 30 day challenge and it’s pay-what-you-want. It felt great to be able to support someone who provides so many amazing free resources. I’m on day 3 and so far the videos have been awesome!

  29. Kristin says...

    I’ve given myself some time recently to figure out what I REALLY enjoy in terms of working out. Here it comes: Ballet Beautiful. :)
    I have been at it (five times/ week for 30-50 min) since mid-June and I kid you not: I HAVE NEVER LOOKED BETTER NAKED. My boyfriend noticed the changes before I did (about two weeks in). Honestly, it’s a complete game changer!! :) I know the “Classic Workout” (ca. 50-60 min) by heart by now and I do it while watching Grey’s Anatomy. It’s *so* painful but elegant and controlled (therefore not prone to injuries) and my legs and butt look AMAZING. There was a dent in my butt (sorry, TMI!) from when I ripped a muscle in a fall down the stairs a couple years back: now it’s almost completely gone (!) because my new muscles have filled the gap. I am starting to develop a sixpack. A SIXPACK! Can you tell I’m excited about this?! :D I really *highly* recommend everyone give it a try. ;)

  30. Laura says...

    I’ve never been so fit :)) signing up to online classes is so easy and I am enjoying teachers from around the world. I just put on a class in the middle of the day and stick my kids in front of their programme and it helps me cope. exercise is so key to mental health and is essential at this mad time

  31. Ann says...

    I love Obe fitness. I do best at an in person workout class, but this is a great substitute. I follow the programs they set and stick to the schedule. They have lots of ‘sculpt’ options that don’t require jumping or moving out of a 1 meter square. I also like their Express 10 minute classes when I’m not really feelin it but know It’ll feel better to do something.

  32. Michelle says...

    TRX TRX TRX. Worth the investment. Do TRX atomic push-ups ever get easier?? You can modify for all levels of strength and it is an amazing tool for flexibility. You need very little space for almost all moves. Strong recommend from someone who LOVES and MISSES the gym and won’t feel safe going back anytime soon. Also – Kira Stokes!

  33. Jenn says...

    Any Canadians out there? I joined a research study based out of UBC on using an app for exercise during the time of COVID. It’s called the COPE trial and it’s really keeping me honest. :)

  34. Renee says...

    I did the elliptical machine at home for a decade. Then I did Barre3 for 6 years at home. For the last 18 months , I have been addicted to our Peloton bike and the app. Our kids did the bike also when swimming stopped during staying at home orders.

  35. Laura says...

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who plans my workouts around when I can shower (or vice verse). I’m the rare adult who just doesn’t enjoy showering so I try to time my workouts so I don’t have to take two showers too close together…. especially since these days I have a toddler either banging on the door or playing at my feet while I bathe :-)

  36. Sam says...

    I’ve been LOVING Simi Botic’s (@simibotic) virtual barre classes inside her membership program, Unmeasured. Simi’s a barre instructor and intuitive eating coach who teaches barre classes for EVERY body.

    Her classes are so supportive and uplifting. I love that they don’t focus at all on reforming or changing our bodies — instead she focuses on how movement makes us feel, connecting with our bodies and ourselves, etc.

    If anyone’s looking for a safe space to do Barre classes— I’d highly recommend Unmeasured. I’d be happy to share the link here or you could google “Simi Botic unmeasured” to check her classes out.

    I for one would LOVE to see Cup of Jo feature Simi’s program, her work in the body positive space, or her beauty routine!

    • Emm says...

      Thanks for the tip!

    • Julia says...

      Thank you so much for sharing this! In a big, toxic ocean of fitness instructors promising to shred/sculpt/burn you into your BEST SELF, Simi’s tone is so refreshing, honest, and positive. I love her focus on connecting with your body rather than treating it like a problem to be fixed. There’s so much beauty in that.

  37. Maïa says...

    Bollywood aerobic! Yes. It exists. And its a great pick-me-up when you feel low!

    All my thoughts (and actions IRL) to all the workers who are still working outside and taking risks!

  38. Kamina says...

    I’ve always said I can’t find a fitness routine that works for me without the gym – showing up for my favourite classes has been the only effective way to maintain a commitment to exercise. Of course, the pandemic closed my gym, and for the first time in my life I’ve been forced to exercise without it.

    Thank goodness for my husband, who takes me out running 3 times a week. I’ve built up from being a non-runner to smashing through 10k! I save my favourite podcasts to listen to on runs. We live in Sydney (Australia) and last week we ran from the Sydney Opera House to our front door, which was a pretty special experience.

    And once a week I do a ballet fitness class online. It’s taught by my best friend’s older sister, who was our dance teacher when we were teenagers, and she runs it from her apartment in Chile. It brings me so much joy to connect with her and the other women who take the class, and to reconnect with ballet! I would never have had this experience were it not for the virus situation. Silver linings.

  39. I discovered The Fitness Marshall on YouTube, and it has been the silver lining of the pandemic. Caleb Marshall and his crew lead you in dances choreographed to great music (what the kids are listening to these days!), and it’s a terrific workout. His energy and humor are infectious, and it’s such a great way to my cardio workout done. I can’t say enough good things about him and the channel!

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyqR7WkL8i1b6xtSssDmW9w

    • margaret says...

      Ingrid, this sounds perfect. Thank you!!

  40. Judith says...

    I’m a runner, so for me I’ve enjoyed finding new routes that are good for mask-free runs. I’ve also gotten into biking on the weekends (get a good book on tape and go for a couple hours). For at-home I highly recommend solidcore at home. The classes are live, the instructors are incredibly motivating, and you can even do it with dishcloths or paper plates if you don’t want to get sliders. HIGHLY recommend it.

  41. Jordan says...

    I love the pop sugar fitness workouts on YouTube. They’re free, 30 minutes, a wide variety, and they kick my butt every time!

    • Lisa says...

      I have only ever really enjoyed one type of exercise: dance aerobics. Shinedancefitness.com offers several different monthly subscriptions that are very reasonable and perfect for me. The music is so fun and current and keeps me moving and I can access the classes anytime. They have a lot of routines you can check out on YouTube as well.

  42. Sam says...

    Anyone that isn’t on the @madfit.ig train is missing out! Follow her on IG and subscribe on YouTube. Tons of 15 to 20 minute workouts that are fun and effective (and free)!

    • Mary-Elsye winchester says...

      Big fan of Madfit!

  43. Genevieve Martin says...

    I was pretty active before lockdown including 30 mins walk to and from work but as it’s worn on I’ve done less and less exercise and now most days I don’t do anything at all. I guess it’s true what they say about it being a habit. Oh well! Some good ideas here in the comments though :)

  44. Mary says...

    Love the down dog app series (I believe they are free right now but if not the pro version is not expensive). They have a yoga app, barre app, HIIT app, etc. I never knew 15 minutes of barre could be so hard (as someone who runs regularly!). Also love the Nike training club app, if you have a bit more space their endurance workouts are not easy! For me it’s a big energy boost and makes me feel more productive to start my day with something, even if it’s 20 minutes of easy yoga.

  45. Kara says...

    Am I the only one that does not work from home and that the pandemic/quarantine did not give me all of this magical free time? Yikes….

    • Kristin says...

      Hey Kara! No, you’re not! I did have a lot more enforced free time as a student (which I didn’t love because it made me very, very lonely and depressed for the first four months or so) but my SO is a pneumologist and this time has been very hard on both him and our relationship. So I feel for you! xx

    • Elizabeth says...

      I don’t think the post is meant to imply that everyone’s working from home and has extra free time! I think the idea is more that gyms have been closed, so we’ve had to find new ways to exercise — and exercise can be a good way to cope when things are tough.

  46. AzureSong says...

    I have been hula hooping! It really is great for your core — you have to keep that tightened the whole time. I’ve just ordered a second, lighter, hoop so I can start to learn some of the cool tricks I see on YouTube.

    • Caroline says...

      Now that is FUN! We all need more play in our lives right now!

  47. Cassandra says...

    This is an old but good one. But I cannot reccomend Ballet beautiful enough.
    Especially in a confined space! The majority of the workouts are not super “jumpy” so good with partner cohabitation. We both work out but i really like not being super loud for many reasons. There is a hige amoutn of matt based workouts..Also! They are super strength building, my body is in the exact toned shape i was hoping for. I was doing it for the first months regularly, and now i used ankle weights for some of the workouts to add a bit more challenge. Her voice is calming and there is no shouting. (something that never motivates me)
    Its fairly affordable – first month $16 then $39

  48. Christa says...

    I worked out from home pre-Covid and even more now. I can not recommend The Class by Taryn Toomey enough! The most amazing mind-body workout, live streaming + pre recorded classes. A subscription is $40 a month, or $400 a year. For free workouts I also love Yoga with Adriene. Blogilates has a free calendar/daily workout and it’s really impactful too. I’m also feeling very grateful to be able to still run and walk in my neighborhood with ease.

    • I second what Christa says – TT has gotten us happily, healthfully through quarantine! It’s WELL worth the investment, and my taller/more handsome half is equally a fan! I’ve also done Melissa Wood and have been running again, yay.

    • Olivia says...

      Yes! The Class is a game changer! For the first time in my life, I look forward to working out. I finally got to see my parents last week, and we had three generations — my 67yo mom, me, and my 3yo daughter — doing the Class. It was awesome.

  49. Elizabeth says...

    I’ve gotten so into obé fitness! The variety of class types is awesome, and you can mix and match shorter classes to create custom longer workouts. And it’s so reasonably priced! I used to hate workout classes/group exercise, but I actually love doing them at home by myself.

    • Kellie Pantekoek says...

      I am also OBSESSED with Obe! Every day, baby!

  50. anne says...

    Mostly I have felt like a lump during stay-at-home, but I’m finally starting to become a little bit human again, and I started doing Chloe Ting workouts on youtube because I like HIIT workouts, and also, my core was sad after a lot of slumping while working on the couch.

  51. Jami says...

    It’s definitely a challenge to fit in workouts when working from home and parenting are so blended together and seem to fill 25 hours a day these days! I try to walk in the evenings with my family most weeknights and we get out for a hike most weekends (with husband carrying 2yo on back and me carrying baby#2 in belly :). I also try to do 15-min Momma Strong workouts a few days a week because I find Courtney such a source of positive energy: and because its FIVE DOLLARS A MONTH!: https://www.mommastrong.com/ But if I’m completely honest, it’s dang hard to find those 15 mins most of the time.

    • Amy says...

      YES MOMMA STRONG!!! I’m 8 weeks postpartum and doing her “Hazy Days” workouts. She keeps it real, she just GETS IT and somehow says all the things I need to hear not only to get through the workout, but to want to come back again the next day, and the next. Love love love Momma Strong and so glad it’s been mentioned!

    • Amanda says...

      Love MommaStrong. What I love the most about it is how true to life’s needs it is. I will be working out and my kids will start talking to me or moving around me and I found it too distracting before and tried to wait until they were in bed. Of course, I would often be too tired by then. Then when I started MommaStrong and saw how she has the same interruptions it inspired me to just workout through it all.

    • Nicole K says...

      +1 for MommaStrong. I’ve done it daily for the past two months and I’ve NEVER been able to stick to any kind of exercise routine before. I love it and Courtney so, so much.

  52. mae says...

    +1 melissa wood health

  53. Jenny says...

    One of my highlights of quarantine has been discovering Raneir Pollard @raneirpollard on Instagram. His workouts include an excellent variety of moves and focus, his energy is fantastic (like I wanna be his BFF), and he is FUNNY. I mean LOL on the regular funny, does standup funny – and who doesn’t wanna laugh while working out?? It’s double the ab-work and goes twice as fast!

    • Lena says...

      Since March, I have a Skype date with a couple of friends three nights a week to work out. We use the Adidas app to compile seven simple exercises (without equipment) that we do for 45sec followed by a 15sec break, repeated for four rounds. And it’s a great opportunity to chat.
      During the very strict days of social distancing, those appointments have been the best thing on some dark days.

  54. Alice says...

    Psycle is a barre, HIT, yoga, spin fitness studio who have taken their workouts to instagram live during lockdown and I’m obsessed! They have a schedule every day, some get saved for later on IGTV and the instructors and yoga/barre routines are so fun. I’m addicted to exercise for the first time in my life.

  55. Ashlee says...

    I was doing my local Barre studio’s online classes. But they were $99/month and the quality was not great. Plus the classes were 55 minutes long, awkwardly recorded and I found myself dreading them. I finally got sucked in by Obe Fitness and their pretty advertising and I’m obsessed! I’ve done them at least 5x a week since I started three weeks ago. Walter K’s HIIT Dance Class and the Strength classes are great. Plus their pretty workout sets and pastel colors give me something nice to look at while I’m crying in pain.

    • Cassie says...

      Walter’s classes are my favorite!

  56. Megan says...

    I live in an area where it is easy for me to walk and run on the road without a mask, but I’ve also been loving indoor workouts. I had been doing yoga on YogaGlo, but I recently discovered the Melissa Wood Health app (melissawoodhealth.com) and her workouts have been amazing. They are low-impact (and quiet!), a really great fusion of yoga and Pilates with an element of mindfulness, and average about 20-30 minutes so very manageable. The app is just $9.95 a month. I can’t recommend MWH enough!

  57. Ohmygosh. I have found the best online workout! Spears Strong is a small gym in Camas, WA, but they have gone virtual. They have both virtual group workouts, which you can do live or On Demand at your own time, and they also have a foundation program that is run entirely from a private FB group. It consists of shorter, 20 minute videos throughout the day (again you can do them live or On Demand) and you can pick and choose what you want to do and the program also includes lifestyle tips and tricks! Their whole philosophy is doing movements that strengthen your whole body including the muscle groups that most gym type movements miss. It’s incredible and really turned around my whole quarantine game ! https://www.spearsstrong.com/

  58. Jamie says...

    Fortunately, I had already been doing LEKfit (lekfit.com) from home pre-quarantine. Lots of options, always changing, and who doesn’t like a trampoline? It’s the kind of workout that has you swearing at the TV/computer but somehow powering (and sweating) through and coming back for more. Before I started, I was going to a boot camp 4x a week and walking another couple days. I thought I was in shape. Wrong. Very, very wrong.

    • kk says...

      Me too! I love it. Been doing LEKfit for a few years now.

    • Another LEKfit fan over here! The trampoline classes are so good for my mental health!

    • Annie says...

      I have been looking into trying LEKfit, wondered if people have a brand of exercise trampoline they recommend? Thanks!

  59. Sophie says...

    CHLOE TING! Her workout challenges on youtube gave me actual ab definition for the first time in my life, and all while in lockdown. Her programs consist of a collection of her free youtube vides that you are prescribed each day. I highly recommend the 2-week shred ( https://www.chloeting.com/program/2019/two-weeks-shred-challenge.html) it’s really hard but by the end, I could really see progress in both my ability to get through the workouts and new muscles popping up! The music is a bit annoying after a while and the vibe/ language used can skew fatphobic which I really dislike, but I try and ignore that because the workouts are so fun and effective.

  60. Kate B says...

    I’ve been using Every Mother workouts from Leah Miller, which are designed to heal diastysis recti post childbirth. I closed my DR, and now I’ve moved on to other workouts on the app, and they’ve helped keep me toned, strong, and energetic. I would recommend this app to any mother…there are prenatal workouts, postnatal DR specific workouts, and general exercises that are safe for the abs and pelvic floor even if you had a baby 10 or 20 years ago.

    • kath says...

      thanks for this rec! I have DR since my last baby and it’s so discouraging.

  61. Although I did do 6 weeks of the BBG at the beginning of quarantine, I kinda wish someone was like, “no I haven’t because my depression is worse due to quarantine,” because that’s how I feel. I feel bad reading through the comments thinking I need to be doing more. I’m a mental health counselor working from home, and a therapist for a COVID19 crisis hotline, so it’s all I can do after work to just eat dinner and crawl onto the couch. I know I need to do some healthier coping mechanisms at this time but this feels like what I can do right now – short daily walks with my partner, lots of coffee and nightly reiki.

    • Elizabeth says...

      I’m with you! Pre pandemic, I was working out a lot, had lost 10 lbs and was tracking everything I ate. Then the virus hit and I was homeschooling my two kids, one with Asperger’s. I went from a few workouts/ walks a week to nothing due to energy and also having a foot problem that needs to be iced and have test. So, I’ve gained back my 10 lbs but I‘m really enjoying eating, cooking and for once I’m kind of at peace with my body. I’m doing what I can and spending time with my kids. I know I will feel better once I’m able to work out but this break has shown me how obsessive I was getting. Be kind to yourself. This, too, shall pass.

    • A says...

      No I haven’t because my depression (and anxiety) is worse due to quarantine :-) I used to be a pretty regular exerciser (like 3-4 Orange Theory workouts a week) before COVID. Now, I basically go from my bed to my kitchen table to my couch. Every day. I take my dog for short walks 3-4 times a day, but that’s all I can manage right now in terms of exercise. Part of getting through this (for me) is acknowledging that I don’t feel great right now, and that’s OK.

      Thanks for your work as a therapist and COVID19 crisis line operator. You are providing essential help right now for people who need it.

  62. Ancy says...

    Yoga with Adriene all the way. There’s nothing better.

    • yaxin says...

      Is this Adriene from Core Power Yoga? If so I love her. She is so calm and the work out is amazing.

  63. Les Mills is fantastic. I was doing the Body Combat (martial arts-based) and Body Pump (weight lifting) workouts at my gym, and when COVID hit and I realized I could subscribe to their On Demand, I discovered many more workouts — GRIT is high intensity and very athletic, Body Flow is basically yoga, Body Attack is HIIT cardio, and they even have a dance series and spinning. A one-year subscription is only about $115. Highly recommend!

  64. Jess says...

    Being active has helped me mentally so much! My 5 year old just learned to ride a bike so family rides early in the morning have been great. I also love Obe for fun workouts with a ton of variety (dance, yoga, strength, Pilates).

    This has definitely changed my focus from working out to look good to working out for health (mental and physical), a mindset I hope I’ll keep once we are allowed out again!!

  65. marylou says...

    Walking videos as in Walking with Leslie Sansone! I close my office door and do 3 miles a day with sweet Leslie. Body by Leslie :)

  66. Amanda says...

    I also do small (tiny) bursts, like squats or even walking in circles during non-video calls, when the microwave counts down, etc. when I’m really going for it, I do the full P90x work outs at home. An evening walk is always a great idea.

  67. Daynya says...

    I am a powerlifter, and I definitely need to workout for my mental and physical well-being. At first, having a break from the gym was nice. But after a few weeks of that, I started going stir crazy. I started implementing yoga first thing when I wake up (either YWA, or my own routine for that day), and I had my coach write me an at-home workout program. I don’t have much, just a couple of kettlebells and a couple of resistance bands, but I make it work and keep it to 45 minutes at lunch every other day, tops. I do lots of bodyweight exercises, and try to find new ways to push myself. I also re-incorporated HIIT workouts on alternate days to my weight training. After my work day ends, I go for a 45 minute walk with my husband. I even started adding running once a week into my plans. I haven’t run in about 10 years, and it’s been such a fun change to have that to progress with. All in all, I work out way more than I did in the gym. The variety is fun, I don’t feel like I’ve lost a ton of strength, and my heart and lungs are being pushed in ways they weren’t when I was only a gym-goer. The yoga helps my anxiety and offsets the tightness from the other workouts. I look forward to carrying this new balance into the future, whenever I return to the gym.

    I don’t think now is a great time to push yourself to create a new workout regimen if you aren’t feeling it. But if you are, or you just miss your gym, just know there are lots of options to make it work for you!

  68. Sam says...

    I discovered Natacha Oceane’s 15-20 minute HIIT workouts on YouTube and have surprisingly kept up with them over quarantine. No equipment needed and easy to knock out quickly. I’ve felt and noticed a difference.

  69. Kelly says...

    We ordered Peloton at the beginning of quarantine and it was delivered at the end of June. I’m so thankful we’re in a position where we could afford it (was definitely a big splurge for us) and the convenience of having the bike right in our living room is unmatchable. My partner loves it too and we’re able to get an intense and fun workout in without worrying about going to our apartment gym or trying to run outside in the DC humidity :)

  70. Ellen W says...

    I have been a member of the YMCA for 20 years but haven’t been in the building since early March (but still paying dues to support their mission). They use the Les Mills program so I’ve been paying for their app so I can do Body Combat and Body Flow at home. On other days I go walking at the park with my one friend that has been in our quarantine circle. I really miss the feedback and community at the Y but am determined to still work out daily for both my mental and physical health.

  71. Hilary says...

    Well this is so fun! I’m 23 weeks pregnant and just finally allowed to exercise again (pelvic rest is such a drag) so I’m definitely in the market for low-impact ways to stay kinda sorta in shape now that hot yoga and Orange Theory are gone from my life.

    My daily goals as a pregnant lady: move for 20-30 mins, take my vitamins, drink 80 oz of water, and eat a breakfast that does not consist of carbs. The bar is low :)

    • Kate B says...

      I would recommend the Every Mother app for pregnancy safe workouts! I used it to close my diastysis recti after baby #3 and really wish I had known about it while I was pregnant. Best of luck to you and congratulations!

    • Joyce says...

      As someone recently pregnant, that sounds like a super high bar to me! :) I’m impressed! The third trimester I basically just walked and napped. Though, now that the baby is here, I don’t regret a single nap I took during pregnancy! haha.

    • Kate says...

      check out BabyFit by Amy on YouTube! Saw me through two pregnancies! Very chill and positive with lots of ways to modify!

    • Hilary says...

      Thank you all so much! Excited to check out BabyFit and the Every Mother app for sure. I had diastis with my first child and definitely interested in anything that can help me avoid the same fate for child #2.

      And yes +10000 to naps! If I don’t nap every day, I fall asleep in my dinner at 5pm. Things are getting reeeeeaaaallll classy over here, ha!

  72. Gillian says...

    Madfit ! On YouTube all levels of workouts to music!

  73. Stephanie says...

    @liabartha posts live Pilates workouts on Instagram almost every day. I have never felt so strong or so limber! Her method is slow and deep and she is so great at talking us through the exercises. Highly recommend!

  74. julie says...

    i have watched more workout videos/people working out on my phone while lying flat on my couch or bed in the past four months than i ever thought humanly possible. it can be 11pm at night and i’m deadly tired but still i will find a way to scroll through galen hooks’ or ryan heffington’s or sasha exeter’s insta stories. i think, “julie, you can do this too! see how easy it is and how happy everyone looks? tomorrow is the day!”

    • julie says...

      spoiler – tomorrow is never the day!!

    • sp says...

      ha, same!

  75. Anna says...

    I’ve been doing yoga and HIIT courses on The Daily Om. I absolutely love Yoga with Adriene, but find I am much more likely to do a video if I have already paid for it! I really hate HIIT, cannot stand deliberately putting my muscles under strain and in pain, but boy it works to slim you down. My favourite home exercises by far are deep, slow muscle-shaking yoga stretches.

  76. Katey says...

    I have not been working out. I try about once a month. I had been a devotee of my gym’s group fitness weightlifting class. I loved it. I haven’t done that for five months.

    Now, I’m a lot softer and a bit thinner and while I like that my clothes are not snug, I miss my muscle tone and strength. Now I have very minor–but still visible–cellulite or fat from hip to knee. It is not something I’m psyched about but I also think it is truly okay. I’m 37; we age; we have fat on our bodies; I’m normal.

    I am looking forward to resuming group fitness when I can. I’m looking forward to a time when there is a clear opportunity to exercise in a way I love. Until then I’m just observing what my body looks like. When exercise resumes I’ll be observing how my body changes, again. In short, I’m trying not to put a lot of pressure on myself. For those who are exercising, keep it up! For those of us who just aren’t, that’s fine, too!

    • margaret says...

      Katey, love this. I’m normal too. ( :

    • Kristin says...

      Very real and very wise. Thank you, Katey!

  77. Last year I had a crazy stressful job with long hours and no down time (I was an executive assistant to a tech mogul in San Francisco, very Devil Wears Prada vibes), and while I knew working out would help with the stress and anxiety I was often feeling, it was the last thing I wanted to do. Then I started playing this little trick on my brain: I switched from calling it “exercising”/ “working out” to calling it MOVEMENT. Making the choice to move my body in whatever capacity I had for that day suddenly wasn’t overwhelming at all. I knew that getting some movement in every day was essential, even if it was a short walk around the block, or ten minutes of yoga, or a short circuit of body weight exercises.

    And then I just gave myself a giant break and had to be incredibly gentle with myself because those kinds of seasons in life are just plain difficult to navigate.

  78. Abbe says...

    I have always been a fan of working out at home. I was a latecomer to exercise, so it started out as a way to get comfortable working out without feeling self-conscious in a gym. I am going to add to the chorus of Fitness Blender devotees — I love the variety of their workouts, and the focus on mind-body movement. Last year I bit the bullet and bought nesting dumbbells, which I highly recommend if you’re in smaller quarters!

  79. Darby says...

    I prioritized walking during quarantine and made sure to go for one or two walks every day- sometimes on my own with an audiobook or podcast, sometimes with my family. It is one of the only ways I can get my 13 year old daughter outside! I also found a “couch to 10 k” program that I followed and got myself running again which has been wonderful. I tried Zoom classes with my gym but didn’t really like it so I just tried to do the workouts on my own a few times a week. That lasted for a bit until the weather improved (way more fun to get outside than to workout in my basement). My gym is open now and I have noticed that I was able to maintain my cardio fitness pretty well but I lost quite a bit of strength so I am trying to slowly work my way back up. Overall, I was really proud of myself for keeping going during the shut down. I feel like I can do it again if we have to go back into quarantine.

  80. HPea says...

    Like many of you, I’ve been zooming my yoga studio’s regular classes, which adds a semblance of normality to this time. Same instructor! Same class! some of the same classmates! One of my favorite things has been Instagram Live classes from Kara Duval (https://www.karaduvalpilates.com/). She’s a Boston based pilates instructor and her classes make my work-from-home-back feel so much better. I’ve done pilates for years and her classes are my favorite (and never make my neck hurt).

    And friends, if you are able, support your local studios and the instructors that teach on free platforms like Instagram by sending what you would pay for a studio class!

    • Heena K says...

      I discovered Kara during quarantine too on Instagram Live and love her classes. Her methodology really resonates with me after so many years of pursuing faster paced, high intensity workouts. I’ve been raving about her to everyone!

  81. Emma says...

    I’ve started a “family fitness hour” with a group of friends from college on Wednesday nights over Google hangouts. Not everyone can join the call every week, but there’s usually 3 or 4 of us. We’ve done some Peloton workouts, as well as alo yoga and MadFit on youtube. A standing appointment really helps motivate me!

  82. Kelly R says...

    Fitness Marshall is where it’s at! He does dance based workouts to various pop hits that are really fun. I am a terrible dancer, but I think it has actually helped me improve! And it is seriously just a good time.

    • i would give anything to do a dance workout. Sadly, like Caroline, i feel i’d be torturing my downstairs neighbors.
      I have a friend who is rollerskating through her house all day.
      These things are a dream. 30 minute yoga videos and walks are it for me at the moment.

  83. Erin says...

    I’ve been doing Chloe Tings workouts on youtube. You can do whatever videos you like (usually 11-22 mins), or follow one of her free programs online, chloeting.com . She also has low-impact versions in each video!

    I lost 5″ from waist in 2 months, and gained 2″ in my hips, doing her challenges. It’s been a nice way to feel in control during my unemployed, quarantine life.

  84. Rach says...

    I have been enjoying the flexible hours of quarantine. I have been able to keep up with working out through out my pregnancy. I am 37 weeks pregnant and I still enjoy walking my dog and doing prenatal sculpt and barre with Michelle on Obé. For a while I was spinning on my bike trainer for cardio, but had to stop when I kept smacking my belly with my legs. I don’t think I could keep up with my fitness if I was putting in full days at the office, silver lining for sure.

    • Jenna says...

      I’m 27 weeks pregnant and also have been doing sculpt and barre with Michelle! I love that she’s pregnant too and her classes are so great.

    • Dana says...

      A Hot Tip for you, Rach: Emily Turner, a SoulCycle instructor, has been doing free Instagram classes she calls EmBody. She’s also 33 weeks pregnant, but the workouts are great regardless if you’re growing a human being. I find her classes to be an easy decision for my brain to make! @emilyhopeturner

    • Kate B says...

      I would really recommend Leah Miller’s Every Mother app for post natal workouts! They’re designed to safely heal diastysis recti post pregnancy and can be started right away (with Dr. approval) Best of luck and congratulations!!

  85. Emily says...

    I’ve been a runner for 12 years now and live in a less-densely populated area of my city (and run at 5:30 a.m.) so that hasn’t changed. My boot camp class, which used to meet in a park, went to Zoom and that was nice – get to “see” people even if I don’t work out as hard when I’m at home instead of in person. But my love now is Peloton. I received the bike as a gift from an industry org. that I was president of for 4 years – I knew I’d love it but was just too thrifty to spend the $. I took spin classes at my Y, but I have never worked harder in a spin class than on Peloton.

  86. Betsy says...

    I’ve always been comfortable and motivated to exercise at home and use my treadmill several times a week as well as a VHS weightlifting routine (free 20 years ago with a magazine subscription & transferred to digital when it wore out from use), the seven minute workout and outdoor runs.

  87. I have been experimenting with at-home exercise a LOT! I love LesMills on demand, BUT there is pretty heavy equipment burden for those of us with limited income or space. I bought a Peloton dupe indoor cycling bike that runs about $500-$600 on Amazon made by Sunny Fitness. You can just use the peloton app on your tablet or phone to watch cycling classes. I think my favorite find during quarantine has been Obé Fitness. The videos are fun, short, and offer a wide variety of cardio/strength options. Walking outside with my pup has also been good for my mental health. I think the best option for YOU is what makes you happy- what you look forward to doing- and what fits into your life.

  88. Erin G. says...

    After a cruise through the comments, I didn’t see this rec, and I CANNOT IMPLORE YOU MORE PASSIONATELY TO GET RIGHT OVER TO http://theunderbelly.com AND REVEL IN THE INCREDIBLE, LIFE-ALTERING EXPERIENCE of YOGA WITH JESSAMYN.

  89. Rachel says...

    My children make all sorts of obstacle courses for me throughout the house. I do lots of stepping around and over objects of varying sizes, stretching to reach objects, crawling through cubbies that are in my walkways, bending to retrieve thing, plus weight lifting of furniture and children when attempting to put my home back into proper order. It’s a daily workout. Unfortunately I balance it out with daily chocolate bars so it’s not really doing much for my burrito body ?

    • MB says...

      Haha I’m on the exact same fitness plan!! How about the wrestling to pin and strap the toddler in the pram resistance exercise?

  90. Kelly Simmons says...

    I’ve been supporting my local yoga, Pilates, and dance studios where I used to attend in person. they have stepped up their live stream classes and recorded options. Another thing I am loving so much are Val & Maksim’s (from Dancing with the Stars) free classes on Dance With Me Live on You-Tube. I know, I know, you are thinking, cheeeesy but you may be surprised –they are very good teachers and some of the routines are awesome.

  91. Sara L. says...

    I’ve been working out at home for years so no difference now except I have much more time to do it and have added in at least two long walks a day. I work out everyday using one of the programs from Darebee: http://www.darebee.com — a free site that has hundreds of workouts. I highly recommend it. If you’re having trouble getting started, selecting one of their programs and committing to 30, 60 or 90 days makes all the difference. I’m not connected to them in any way — just a satisfied “customer!” As I said the site is free but they run on donations — I love donating some $ every so often as they’ve saved me hundreds on gym memberships!

  92. Susannah says...

    I’ve been doing the free version of Fit On for a couple of months now and love it. The HIIT classes they have are killer.

  93. Lauren E. says...

    I actually love working out at home now. It’s a struggle when life is normal, but while I’ve been working from home, I’ve really enjoyed it. There are tons of YouTube workouts (especially now) for people who live in apartments (ie low impact), but if you don’t have to stress about that, my favorites are Sydney Cummings (she posts a new workout EVERY DAY!), Fitness Blender, and FIT by Larie. I also love Yoga with Kassandra. As a New Yorker, I typically move SO much in a day that being confined to my apartment has been tough – I need the workouts to maintain my sanity!

    • Jennifer says...

      Sydney Cummings +1 Love her Summertime Fine program!

  94. Cat says...

    So I have known this for a long time, I hate working out outside of the gym. Don’t ask my why, it’s a mental thing. But a very strong one. At the start my sister was coming over for home workouts, but we live in an apartment in an old house and it disturbs everyone!

    So, no home workouts – not usually a problem as I have a very job – but I am unemployed now as well. My solution? Roller skates! Bikes! Kayaks! I got a free bike, used roller skates from Goodwill and a set of extremely cheap, simple kayaks. This keeps me moving, possibly not as balanced, without being close to anyone and happy about it. Workout? No. Moving? Yes.

    Like I said, its about the mental things. What will keep me happy? As strong? No. But happy and okay? Yes!

  95. Kelly says...

    I’ve been loving the Jillian Michaels app and having access to all of her old DVDs. I’m finishing up week 3 of the 90 day “Body Revolution”. I started it for the mental release, but now my stomach is tighter and I want to keep seeing the results! My schedule is more flexible now and I’m finally taking advantage of that. That said, I miss being in a packed yoga studio.

  96. mary c benedetto says...

    way to move, even a lil bit! i subscribed to y7 online for yoga – for $16/mo they offer a few live classes a week (this month is all donation-based for various social justice causes) and they have a nice library of maybe 30 recorded classes. i like that they have a spotify playlist for each class and there aren’t bajillions of classes to choose from which can overwhelm me on youtube or ALO moves (i am someone who likes less choices).

  97. Yes! I’ve been doing Fitness Blender (https://www.fitnessblender.com/) for years, and while I view their videos as sort of stock photo workouts, it really works for me. There is so much to choose from! And yes, of course, Yoga With Adriene, which has probably kept me calmer than anything these past 4 months. I’m grateful for that.

  98. K says...

    as of late, a couple minute planks and spinal twists make me feel productive enough.

    also mostly taking the stairs! helps avoid ppl in elevator too during my paranoid moments.

  99. Kristen says...

    I did Tracy Anderson for years at home but recently discovered DanceBody and I LOVE it.

  100. Emily says...

    Try a class with Tracy! She does Vinyasa and Kundalini yoga from the comfort of your home. Classes are offered via zoom or recorded and you will not disturb your neighbors:) She is very wise and most important – you will FEEL AMAZING when you do a class. I just love her! She is an insightful soul during these uncertain times. https://www.tracyrhinehart.com/

  101. Emily says...

    Since quarantine started, I’ve lost about 8-9 lbs and have maintained it – I walk a couple miles a day and do resistance band work. I have always preferred walking, hiking, biking and doing exercise DVDs at home. I’m not a gym person.

    The biggest difference for me has been eating lunch AT HOME. When I worked in the office everyday, I ate out every day at lunch. I know that eating more at home and eating better has played a large role in shedding that weight I just couldn’t seem to lose after my last baby (gulp – 7 years ago. I’ll turn 42 on Friday!

  102. Carla says...

    Fitness Blender videos have changed my life and it took COVID to discover them. And it’s not just me, there are online groups of fans who come together to mingle and rave about their impact. They have a ‘plus’ paid monthly membership that’s $9 (cheaper than netflix!), but the vast majority of their videos are completely free and their website (fitnessblender.com) has a search engine that will help you pick the right workout, for the right amount of time, for the right day: mat pilates, low-impact, high impact, small apartment, cardio, strengthening, body weight, band, ‘workout for people who get bored easily’, stretching, etc. It’s a no-nonsense approach and the couple who do it are great with advice. They also have the option of pre-designed 4 week or 8 week packages (some are for $3!). In a nutshell- highly recommended! Yikes I’m looking at this and realizing it looks like a marketing bot (I’m not!). Take a leap of faith and check them out!

  103. Ramya says...

    I agree with all of your tips! In the first few weeks of quarantine, I drowned and ate my sorrows away but then decided I can’t keep doing that. I then started jogging while my 6-year old biked alongside. That was so wonderful! As it’s gotten warmer and unbearable to be out running in the DC summer, I’ve been doing Beach Body videos and it has totally transformed my body (so far have done 21 Day Fix and then 21 Day Fix Extreme twice…think I’ll start the 3rd round today). I’ll be 42 next week and have never felt better about my body. Not just how it looks but how I feel – stronger, more flexible and more comfortable in my own skin than I’ve ever been before. Most importantly, I feel like I’ve finally now developed a lifelong exercise habit and will always devote a bit of time every day – no matter how little – to moving and doing something for my body!

  104. Courtney says...

    I’ve always worked out at home (at least, since having kids and having no time or motivation to go to a gym). Luckily we have a finished basement and my husband I work out down there. I do a mix of cardio and barre. I have an online Barre3 subscription, which I LOVE–it’s definitely low-impact but really challenging. And for cardio I do lots of YouTube videos–PopSugar Fitness has some great ones, plus Tracy Anderson and Body Project. Just 30 minutes a day, but if I do it 6 days a week–plus daily walks–it’s enough activity.

  105. Sarah says...

    I subscribed to Les Mills On Demand (about $15/month with a free trial available). They have a bunch of different fitness programs. I did them at my gym in group fitness classes until my gym closed due to COVID, now I can do the same workouts at home. My favorite are Body Pump (lifting) and Body Step. I have to modify the lifting to use free weights instead of a weight bar since I don’t own one. I got an aerobic step but you can do it on the floor and it’s still good cardio. I like the flexibility of doing the full class (55 minutes) or they have recorded modified classes (45 min, 30 min, arms only etc). Love the music and the instructors!

    • Ellen W says...

      I’m doing Les Mills at home too – combat, flow, and just starting barre.

    • Sarah says...

      Ellen – I don’t think I’m stretchy enough for barre! I was doing Body Attack for awhile but once I got a step I switched to that. Really, there are so many good workouts to try!

  106. Chelsea says...

    I’ve been doing coffee walks in the morning with friends! It’s a lot easier to keep the commitment when you know someone is waiting on you. Cheaper than happy hour too!

  107. Alyssa says...

    I miss Orange Theory too! I had been going for about 5 months before pandemic, and I had been making awesome gains. It has been a bummer to backtrack, and I just miss the group class dynamic. At home, I’ve started a Couch to 5k app and have made some good progress with my running. I also really enjoy Fitness Blender videos. They have a HUGE library of free videos with so many options. I have to remind myself regularly how much exercise improves my emotional and mental health because I often don’t feel motivated to work out at home. When I do, I always feel so much happier and more relaxed throughout the day. Thank you for sharing all these great workout suggestions!

  108. Emily says...

    Mr. and Mrs. Muscle have been my go-to workouts on YouTube! Love to combine their targeted workouts for different body areas and they make me SWEAT!

  109. Amanda says...

    I spent the first half of quarantine definitely *not* exercising (I did finish my MBA and move, though!). This second half has been different. I took up running for the first time at 30 and now run at least a mile but up to 3 a day (on a treadmill) and my miles clock in around 9:30! I’ve also become obsessed with strength training on Peloton. I love Jess Simm’s so exclusively do her classes with either 5 or 10lb weights, and also throw in the occasional Anna Greenberg 20min power yoga. I just did my 80th class yesterday! For someone who rarely worked out before, my days really aren’t complete without a sweat now.

  110. karen says...

    I do ballet kicks plies, and walk around the kitchen up on my toes with strong posture while I cook dinner. Oddly effective.
    I’m also one of those weirdos that doesn’t own workout clothes and wears jeans daily. You can plank in jeans! No need for outfit changes.

  111. Leigh says...

    My go-to is Tone It Up. The app is a yearly subscription, but I’m saving tons versus what I used to pay for Class Pass. There are lots of workouts to choose from so I usually do a program that lasts a few weeks. It’s under 30mins of WORK and doing it feels like an accomplishment.

  112. Much like you, I put on my workout clothes first thing in the morning. I found that if I don’t do something it affects my day. I make a biking plan one day a week with a friend, walk solo, and do either online barre (obsessed with Barre3) or yoga (Peleton) three days a week. The ability to stream videos is great since you can do a mild 30-minute class or go full out with a hardcore 60-minute class. Now, of course, we live in the suburbs after living in Brooklyn so outside access is much more attainable. I also became fond of audiobooks from the library so it really motivates me to walk so I can listen to my book.

  113. Jess says...

    Amanda Kloots’ jump rope subscription! Probably not a great option for inside an apartment, but she’s such a ray of sunshine and just a short workout really gets the blood and endorphins flowing :)