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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. GAR says...

    I live overseas and can’t exercise outside because it’s not culturally appropriate here. I feel like I’ve tried a million different YouTube channels over the years and my fave is Sydney Cummings. She posts a new full-length workout every day and has great variety—cardio, strength training, kickboxing etc. I truly appreciate that her workouts are 30-60 min. I like to sweat and a 20 min workout just doesn’t do it for me. She also has a great attitude and mindset.

    • Betsy says...

      Curious about what country you’re in where outdoor exercise is not appropriate.

  2. Hannah Wagner says...

    At the beginning of social distancing, two of my mates and I started doing weekly workouts via Skype. We do bodyweight exercises only and alternate between who picks the workouts. We’ve been going strong for weeks now, and it feels really good to see their sweaty faces, chat a bit and feel accomplished afterwards. I actually see more of them now that I did before!

    Additionally, I do another bodyweight workout (Mark Lauren’s programm) later in the week and I go running at least twice a week, too. We don’t have to wear masks while running here, which is a definite plus. I wouldn’t be able to run with one.

  3. Hey Caroline, I have found you through Instagram since then I am following you. Your way of explaining things in your style is amazing. Everytime I read your content I can feel the sense of freshness. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

  4. Jimena says...

    I’ve been doing yoga and/or pilates consistenly for the last couple of years, and am now devoted to Adriene. Also, I’m a freelancer who works from home, so I have incorporated as part of my routine a 40-60 min weather walk to vent after the day’s work is done. After it I always come back home with a refreshed mind and body :)

  5. Anouk says...

    Since looking up Youtube videos for workouts always took long and led to done glorious procrastinating, I work out with an app. It is called ”Goliaz” and has a Personal Trainer, that creates individual training plans. What I really love is their Audio workouts. Cool music and a voice guides and pushes you.

  6. Jane says...

    I’ve been going for daily walks with my two dogs, but sometimes if I’m not up to leaving the house, I like to do “Walk at home” youtube videos with Leslie Sansone. They’re great and low impact. I also use my exercise bike from time to time as well.

    I really miss in person classes though. Before this whole thing, I did yoga, pilates, and water aerobics. I miss the friends and the act of going to a class.

  7. With two little under 2 I also do not try to do extensive workouts. I try to get at least 30 minutes in even if its just light yoga. I always tell myself “hey, at least you’re moving” lol.

  8. Julia says...

    On the recommendation from a friend, I signed up for zoom fitness classes with Mark Fisher fitness back in March and they have been a lifesaver.

  9. Marie Lamensch says...

    A couple of neighbours and I used to go to the same gym. Our apartment lot has a huge basement so since March we transformed a part of it into a gym. We all have our individual dumbbells and jumping ropes. We have a small trampoline that we share and we also use the stairs or chairs that a stored in the basement. I do all kinds of exercises that I have memorized from YouTube Videos, Peloton etc.
    We all use the space at different times to respect social distancing. Montréal is a biking city so I bike A LOT. I also have this thing I can put my bike on to transform it into a stationary bike.
    You have to get creative but that makes it exciting

  10. Kristen says...

    Alo Moves & Beach Body Guide! Both easy for at home workouts that don’t take up a ton of space/time. I love Alo Moves because I can choose different time frames and anything from meditation to HIIT to power vinyasa flows.

  11. Alex Pearl says...

    MELISSA WOOD HEALTH.

    She is a revelation to me – someone who used to do crazy 5 am Bootcamps, HIIT workouts and other forms of torture. I’ve never felt stronger, leaner, and I’m actually excited to do her videos/classes. The positive mental effects are felt by everyone in my family as well ;)

    Plus, I wish she was my friend, haha.

  12. Staci says...

    I go on walks, but I don’t always love walking with a mask, so most days I stay home and do workouts on youtube or instagram. I love Angie Pontani and Ryan Heffington for dancing, and a bunch of different accounts for yoga. I’m also incorporating weights a few days a week. All of this makes being at home more fun!

  13. Anna says...

    During my son’s nap time, I am making a concerted effort to challenge myself with a workout, usually found on YouTube or Pinterest. Today, inspired by listening to Lizzo and recently finding Maddie Lymburner’s dance workouts (MadFit on YouTube), I decided to switch things up a bit and work out in a different way… I’ve always loved dancing, so I decided to make it my life’s goal to learn how to twerk. Because why not? and life is short.

  14. Chivonne H. says...

    I love Barry’s! barrys.com ! I’m a healthcare worker and Barry’s is the only good thing that has happened to me during this pandemic (besides extra time with my dogs). They have live online classes that are usually 45 minutes (bodyweight, resistance bands, dumbbells, treadmill or outdoor run, stationary bike) from instructors all over the US every day of the week that you can take from home. The classes are really fun and the instructors are outstanding! I am in the best shape of my life and it really helps me with the extra COVID stress and anxiety. They also have live 20 minute classes on Instagram every day which are all saved to their IGTV account (Barrys) so you can check them out and see if you like it! I’m so grateful to be able to work out safely from home and to have found this wonderful community. Barry’s has changed my life.

  15. DC says...

    25 mile bike ride this afternoon followed by a refreshing dip in the river.

  16. Angelina says...

    Yoga 3 times a week, run/walks through the alleys of chicago 3 times a week. I get one true, unabashed rest day.

    All year my tarot has pointed me in the direction of routines and habits, its been hard to accept that i need these to survive. In “normal times” i allegedly needed these to survive, but how could that possibly be true with a packed social calendar and wanting to be home with my spouse? I was indignant.

    In the now times, the real times, i have accepted just how much i need structure in this way. I need to outwardly and aggressively care for myself. My grandmother tested positive for covid yesterday. My parents and sister are her primary caregivers; they get tested tomorrow. While every fiber of my being wants to “be there” with them (whatever that could even mean) i cant. So i have to show up for me. I have to be there for me. And if 60 minutes of sweating and focusing on how uncomfortable i am is enough to break the cycle of worry and fear, its a fair trade.

    • Emma says...

      Angelina
      Sending positive thoughts and energy to you and your family.

  17. Elle says...

    As great (and appealing) as free apps and videos are, I would also suggest supporting local instructors if you’re in the position to do so. I’m a pilates instructor, and can attest that many fitness professionals were hit hard by covid, and have had to quickly adapt to teaching online or via instagram. Knowing my clients had so many free options out there made it felt really overwhelming and scary to switch to charge for my online content. I know that paying for exercise isn’t within budget for everyone, but if it’s something you can afford, I think it’s great to support your local fitness community.

  18. Lorraine says...

    so, when are we going to see an Adriene interview on Cup of Jo? :) i learned about her from here on Caroline’s original home workout post, and i’ve been keeping up with her in fits and starts for over a year now.

    aside from this, i’ve gotten my 7-year-old son to be my ‘fitness tracker’ by making sure i hit my daily goals for steps, push-ups and plank. i probably reach them about 70% of the time, but having my son keep me accountable is helping – and, he loves the responsibility. i also try to go on daily walks with the occasional run thrown in.

    • M says...

      I would love to see a Beauty Uniform or Week of Outfits with Adriene!!

    • Oh my GOSH I’d love if Adriene was interviewed on CoJ! She’s a friend of a friend of my cousin’s husband (lol) and I hear she’s as nice as she comes across in her videos. I adore her dog too.

  19. Hayley says...

    Madfit YouTube channel has been a total life saver!!! Also apartment friendly!!!! Maddie is so motivating and uplifting :)

  20. C says...

    Studio LB (laurenboggi.com and also on YouTube) is the best. Short and long workouts, cardio and sculpt, new content each week, a daily schedule if that’s your thing. It’s challenging but every video has modifications for beginners.

    Plus Alo yoga to stretch it out.

  21. Shelley says...

    My husband and I did a 30 day series of yoga with Adrienne. It was fun to do it together! Now that ended and he is busier with work so I started jumping on my rebounder for one or two songs as well as paying for the app every mother. I have some diastasis recti from having my two boys so close together (17 months apart). So I am trying to work on repairing that so my pelvic floor and core are stronger. I try to just look at it as for my health and wellness not for looks. It has helped! I think my whole view of exercise is changing due to this pandemic.

  22. Raphaëlle says...

    Online classes with Tracy Anderson have changed my life and my body. I will never ever go back to the gym. I’m 39 and I’m proud of how my body looks; strong, lean and toned, thanks to her method. It’s a much better alternative for me than the gym! And I’ve been doing 15-20 min of yoga everyday for 3 years, which keeps migraines and neck pains at bay.

  23. Betsy says...

    I started the free quarantine version of MoveU, and was so impressed I splurged on a year’s subscription. Their program focuses on pain prevention, teaching you to know and realign your body. The first few weeks focus on things like pelvis alignment, strengthening the arches of your feet, small muscles in your shoulders that get ignored and contribute to back pain. They even have a pelvic floor course (I thought I’d been doing kegels correctly this whole time… nope!). Their Instagram does a pretty good job showing what they’re about.

  24. Suzanne says...

    Without question, Jessica Smith! She has a great variety of workout videos such as yoga, Pilates, Zumba, barre, walk and talks, weights. Plus I enjoy her friendly non-annoying attitude! See what you think! https://www.youtube.com/c/Jessicasmithtvfit

  25. Amanda W. says...

    At the beginning of this pandemic, I was super motivated to work out — more so than usual. I’m sure it was a coping mechanism. I started running on my old treadmill and was determined to get fit. But as time has passed, I’ve gone in the complete opposite direction (it didn’t help that my old treadmill bit the dust). I’m the laziest I’ve been in a while because I just feel SO TIRED. I know exercise would help, but I’m finding it so hard to focus and find the energy to move. I really hope it comes soon because I know this isn’t good for my mental and physical health.

  26. Annie says...

    I’ve done my fare share of being a human burrito. I’ve also been scrubbing floors of my house that haven’t been deep cleaned in (cough) a year at least. Let me tell you, a workout. Also, gardening! Such a great workout. Evening walks with my husband, too, and that about does it. The fireflies are out now and beg us to come out. So we do.

  27. Christie says...

    This is a bit random… but I purchased a workout game! I’ve been playing Ringfit Adventure on Nintendo Switch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXXIml4_0bI

    It’s so silly, but it’s really fun and it’s a HARD workout. I find the challenge of it being a game is what inspires me to keep coming back. Even if I only play for 30 mins a day it’s just a fun way to break up the day and save my mental health.

    I think finding a workout option that you genuinely enjoy is the trick to keeping at it – being in isolation/lockdown is hard enough without adding torturous workouts you hate into the mix!

  28. Sara says...

    I loved my local studios’ IGTV workouts at the start of quarantine, then got into Chloe Ting on YouTube, and finally started low-impact resistance workouts from ASculptBody, coupled with more walks and runs and bike rides, now that it’s nicer out!

  29. Sarah says...

    I’ll admit I was a skeptic at first (the screaming and the woo woo vibes are not something you encounter in your everyday sweat sesh) but my interest was piqued by The Class with Taryn Toomey, and now there’s no looking back. I’ve been live streaming classes a few days a week for the past few months, and I feel stronger, more appreciative, and more connected to my body than I ever have before. The teachers are wonderful – some days I may be there just to sweat (which they affirm is absolutely okay) and other days I feel their invitation to dig a bit deeper to explore and process feelings, emotions, or hang ups I may be having. I’m so grateful to this class. It has truly been “movement as medicine” for me.

    • Hillary F. says...

      I was waiting for someone to say this. I started in mid May and can’t believe how strong, lean and connected I feel. I am 43 and have never felt better about my body. The best part is that isn’t the best part, it is such a wonderful practice and the deeper, emotional and integrative work makes it so powerful and it has really quickly become a really important part of my life. I really credit it with helping me thrive in this difficult time.

  30. Val says...

    I have lost about 65 lbs since last year. After a decade of not feeling like myself, I finally feel like I am back in terms of energy. Then Covid hit and with working from home, taking care of my daughter’s school work, etc., I did not work out as much and hit a plateau. I got back to running around my neighborhood, hiking, and biking and feel much better mentally. I am more of a cardio person and don’t get the same endorphins from weight training.

  31. Rebekah says...

    The Fitness Marshall on youtube has been my favorite workout for the past few months. I’ll often tell myself that I’ll do at least one song, but end up dancing for much longer. Highly recommended!!

  32. Amy says...

    I’ve been running so much more now that I am working from home and don’t have an hour-long commute each way! I got the Peloton app free trial at the start of quarantine figuring I would cancel after the 90 days were up, but I’ve actually kept paying, mostly because the outdoor runs and walks are so good! Having the instructor in my ear leading me through intervals and playing good playlists has been so motivating and a welcome change of pace for my now near-daily runs. The other classes on the app are great too. I don’t have an exercise bike and can’t see myself ever paying for a Peloton so I really didn’t think this would be the app for me, but the yoga/outdoor/strength/etc. classes have been well worth it so far!

  33. Laurie says...

    Can anyone recommend a video, exercise or app that is gentle on the feet and ankles? I’ve developed tendonitis over the quarantine and I can’t balance with yoga or even go for a brisk walk without causing a painful setback. *sob* Is there anything out there that seems like exercise, but also resembles reading with my feet up? Thanks in advance!

    • Whit says...

      Laurie, I feel ya! This happened to me, too. As a yoga instructor, I found this was a tall glass of water to swallow. WHY DO MY FEET HATE ME?! Have you tried any Pilates or Pilates-style workouts? It’s core focused and often involves moves while laying on your back, feet up in the air. I snagged a subscription to the Obe website, and the Pilates instructors there are delightful. Also, there are plenty of Pilates classes to be found on the interwebs. Hope this is somewhat helpful. Best wishes!

    • Julie says...

      Oh Laurie I feel your pain! I have been dealing with ankle issues for a long time. I would say that pilates might be a good option, seated arm strength, and swimming (maybe?) if it is accessible to you. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.

    • Laurie says...

      Thanks for the encouragement and commiseration! I will check out Pilates core stuff for sure. It’s tough to go from being an avid backpacker to watching senior citizens book it down my street and think, “oh, that used to be me.” We’ll get there someday!

  34. I’ve been enjoying hikes and swimming in the ocean, but when I do workouts at home, I love Melissa Wood Health. It is the perfect mix of Pilates and yoga, with classes that range from 15 min bursts to hourlong steady flows. Even though my Pilates studio is closed, I feel like I’m able to maintain my strength through her videos. Highly recommend!!

  35. Michelle C says...

    I love Obe! There are lots of free 30-day trial codes out there and I know some companies and credit cards are offering a free year of Obe!

  36. Sarah says...

    I’ve found I need to supplement walks and yoga with some strength training. I’ve been training with Karen and kettlebells for a few years now and it’s awesome. Her videos are designed to do at home and you don’t need a ton of equipment. Karen is a positive and patient teacher- no toxic kettlebell craziness here!
    https://kettlebellwithkaren.com

  37. Meghan says...

    I used to never work out at home but have found a new routine now that my regular routine of the gym and organized sports are still closed in Ontario. I’ve run at least 19 km each week since the start of the pandemic. I chose 19km as my baseline to keep me motivated and an ode to new routines and rhythms in COVID-19. I also got into Class Pass workouts (barre, yoga, pilates because I too live in an old building with neighbors downstairs). I’ve been doing a lot of road biking this summer as well, which is a real treat. Thanks for asking, Caroline!

    • Robin says...

      Love the idea of using 19 as your goal line!

      I have never been anything but a exercise as part of daily life person – walking or biking to work wasn’t really enough but as a parent it’s been about all I could squeeze in. Now that I’ve lost my commute I’m getting desperate and have started doing short runs after the kids are in bed. It isn’t really enough – I need yoga in my life so badly! But my body is starting to feel so desperate to MOVE.

  38. Sadie says...

    I’m lucky to live in Alaska where the outdoors has always been my gym. Not much has changed aside from adopting a retired sled dog a couple days before our “hunker down order” to push me to do a few extra miles.

  39. Rosalie says...

    “an undertaking that requires its own shower”— such a good line! I’ve been on the Yoga with Adriene train, and it’s helped me keep sort of in shape. I do one every day right after my kids go to bed (except Saturday, which is takeout date night, so I give myself a pass).

    • Carrie says...

      Madfit on YouTube has some good apartment friendly workouts of varying lengths so you can string some together for a longer workout if you wish. I have also been contemplating the Naked app by Brooke Ence which has body weight only or dumbbell only at home workouts for $25/month.

    • Joanna Schoff says...

      Same. I am doing yoga with adriene and its just what i need. I also walk or bike or kickbox but its more about movement than “working out”.

  40. Beth says...

    I love working out with The Body Project! You can find their videos on youtube and even more on their own website. I’ve been doing home workouts for years, and Body Project has the most positive helpful commentary I’ve heard – it’s never about fitting into jeans, it’s about doing something to love your mind and body. I was crying at the end of my workout the other day, Daniel was talking about how you might not have felt like getting out of bed, you might not even be feeling that good after having completed your work out, but that by showing up you’ve made a choice to honour your incredible body. I need to hear it that day! I also love that they never make it shameful to choose a low impact option or take a break – “if you need a break, I’m proud of you because it means you’ve been pushing yourself!” Highly recommend!!

  41. Nia says...

    I have been getting up an hour before my husband and toddler each morning and doing a Melissa Wood Health workout. I love that she has a schedule for the week and I dont have to think about which class (video?) to take. The reward for getting up early and working out is using whatever time is left in the hour to drink coffee/read/sit in peace before the day starts.

  42. Sasha L says...

    Because I work from home (all the time), and have chronic pain, I’ve been doing this for a long while – yoga at breaks during the day. Three or four times usually, and I include sets of 50 push ups each time, + some core work. It’s important to stay strong physically when you want to feel strong mentally for me. I also do YWA videos and meditations (exercise for your brain!!). And I walk my dogs in a big field every evening, and take them hiking on my Fridays off and on weekends. None of this feels like *exercise* but rather self care and I really love all of it.

    I have time because my kids are grown and husband loves hiking too. I also wear yoga clothes all the time, so I’m always comfortable and always ready for a little yoga break. It’s much easier for me to just build all this into my day and my life than do x workout 3x a week. This just feels natural and everyday habits are the easiest for me to keep.

  43. Margaret says...

    Oh my goodness, Lia Bartha’s 5x/week live instagram workouts have been saving me since the middle of March! She’s a Brooklyn-based pilates instructor who has developed her own method using a pilates ball. She has the most lovely personality, the moves are slow, and it has been very easy to stick to. I feel strong! Prior to the pandemic I was a running-only gal, but I’ve fully converted.

    https://www.instagram.com/liabartha/

    • Dana Wilson says...

      Thank you Margaret! I was just researching for someone who teaches pilates classes online….love her energy!

    • Stephanie says...

      Same! Pre-pandemic, running was my only exercise. I have LOVED Lia’s workouts. I feel so strong and I love her delivery/explanations.

  44. Favi says...

    I’m using the 8fit app since January. I loved the short workouts and meal plan options. It’s been a life save during SIP. I’ve lost 40 pounds so far! But mostly happy that I’ve seen so much improvement in my stamina and form!

  45. Marissa says...

    Melissa Wood Health workouts have been amazing for me! I feel such a difference mentally from working out, so finding workouts that I actually enjoy has been a huge help these past few months. I have felt myself get so much stronger doing the MWH workouts, (maybe stronger than I ever have felt?), and that’s been a really empowering experience.
    These past few weeks I haven’t felt as motivated to workout. I think the novelty of an at-home workout routine has worn off, but I’m trying to get back into the swing of it because I know how much it’s helped!

  46. Jodi says...

    Daily walks have helped me stay sane and still feel connected to the outside world in some way. I’ve been doing lots of podcasts but recently have been doing audio books! I am able to accomplish two thing at once, and when I want to ‘read’, it forces me to get my butt out the door to do so. Win win!

  47. Meredith says...

    It was always way more convenient for me to workout from home than get to any kind of studio or gym, so I was already doing an online barre program. I’ve continued this and it has been such a lifesaver! I still workout about the same as pre-COVID (3-5 times a week), but find it even more grounding these days. Highly recommend!!! Barre3.com

  48. I love your writing style. Good work!. I’m also a big fan of writing down goals and keeping up with them for that very same reason–to see my progress and get encouraged to keep going. If there’s no feeling of progress, then motivation can dwindle before you accomplish what you set out to. Great article!

  49. Stacey says...

    It’s very smart to break it up. I’ve been going on a lot of walks, and doing more 20-30 min online videos. More than that is often too much screen time after a day of work.

    I’ve been really enjoying my local studios in SF (shoutout to Uforia studios) for dance and weight/cardio workouts. It feels good to support a local studio, and also more motivating for me personally to see familiar faces leading the classes. I also do dance cardio spurts on youtube (The Dance Marshall and Mylee dance are fun), along with the mini trampoline. Remembering that any movement is better than none on the days where I don’t get an hour in.

  50. Stacey Kepler says...

    Love it! I LOVE my mini tramp too, and also feel you on jumping with the big boobs. It is truly the best workout for short bursts, and it puts a smile on my face. What more could you ask during a pandemic…

  51. a.n. says...

    i’m not gonna lie to you, i have been killin’ it in the work out department these days. i have always enjoyed exercise and training (when i say always, i mean for the past 10 years i guess), but always hated working out at home. i even got my personal training certification just for funsies – yeah, funsies. but when covid hit and i was at home with my husband, 1 year old and 5 year old full-time and no gym, i knew i’d need to get over my hatred of at home workouts. i am in the best shape of my life after these 4 months at home, and have pushed myself harder than ever before, gotten more muscle than ever before, enjoyed my workouts more than ever before. HELL YEAH to growth, in all aspects!

  52. Milou says...

    May I suggest the greatness that is the Cindy Crawford Shape Your Body Workout? ALL of it (there’s more than one!) is great 90’s fun (and a great workout) and it’s all free on Youtube.

  53. Angel says...

    I’ve been doing Bendable Body stretches. It’s amazing! They have some free videos on YouTube, but I pay for the membership program. I can do exercises even just standing around in my kitchen waiting for water to boil. I feel myself standing straighter and I can touch my toes now!

  54. Dani says...

    I suck at in home workouts (I ace impersonating burrito, lol). Working out in the same room as a chair or couch makes me so unmotivated; at the gym or outside, different story.

    Thanks for the tips. I am thankful for YouTube- so many channels to help you move!

  55. Meredith says...

    I love Yoga with Adriene! A balm for the body + mind. I also like to take about 12 or so high school gym class exercises (squats, pushups, lunges, ab bicycles, etc) and set them to a tabata timer. I can get through two rounds of each in about 20 minutes and feel like I’ve really done something! It’s the closest I can get to my HIIT classes at the gym which I miss desperately. Also, I’m giving myself grace for being softer than I’d prefer; there are seasons in life, and I’m in a soft season. No reason to give myself grief about it!

    • Tara says...

      “I’m in a soft season”, what a kind mind!

  56. Steph says...

    My city rec center Barre instructor took classes online. Her Skype class has been a godsend as our gyms are now open but I’m uncomfortable to attend in person.

  57. cg says...

    About two and a half years ago we invested in an elliptical because I was feeling down about having to stop pilates with my favorite trainer, and because I have lupus, only certain exercises work for me without hurting my joints, so the elliptical was the next best thing. Plus we were preparing for an epic trip to Japan that would require us to walk around a lot and I wanted to prepare my body for it. The initial price to purchase a good one was a bit hard, but I’m so glad we got it, now I use it about five times a week, usually after dinner. My daughter has been an inspiration for me because she goes on it every day if we don’t do a trek outdoors, and she motivates me to get on it more regularly as well. Now I have come to enjoy that time, and realized that if I am watching a show with subtitles it makes the time go by so much faster.

  58. Christine says...

    I have the same problem with my house built in 1800. One jump or burpee makes it sound like the entire house is quaking! Hubby is camped out on the kitchen table, conference/video calls…ugh. Well, thank goodness I got a puppy! High strung and needing a work out himself, we go on an early morning hike most days. If I don’t tire him out, he starts getting whiny and antsy about 11. We are learning “no barking” in the car (motorcycles, truck, boat trailers, trash cans, joggers, baby carriages, mailboxes…) so when he starts, I turn around and take him back home and drive away without him. Yup. I go on my hike solo. Those are sometimes the best ones.

  59. Ann says...

    Kara Duval’s signature workouts: The Origin and The Foundation. She (at the moment) presents them on Instagram and participants contribute to her business via Venmo. Incredibly talented instructor who has really built a wonderful community. Based in Boston. @karaduvalpilates on IG.

  60. Kim says...

    Essentrics with Miranda Esmonde-White. I’ve been doing them for the past five or six years, so I know them by heart and don’t need to use a video. The workouts are based on stretching and while some of them kick my arse, most of them just get my heart and muscles working gently. I do my workout for about 30 minutes as soon as I get up, and my days have been so much better for it.

    I can’t do workouts that get my heartrate up particularly high, so this is a great way to keep moving and stay limber. I learned about Essentrics from the PBS show. My mom and mother-in-law both do them and I did the pregnancy workout and have never felt so strong.

    • Janice O'Kane says...

      Thank you so much for mentioning this resource Kim. Sounds like just what I have been looking for.

    • Mimi says...

      I too enjoy Miranda’s Essentrics on dvds. I purchased them off of Amazon and do them. I feel very flexible in my 50s. I manage my weight with walking 10k M-F and drinking lots of water daily.

  61. Julie says...

    Since the pandemic started, I’ve been doing Yoga with Adriene several times a week, as well as take family walks. It feels right for me right now.

  62. Tara says...

    All my friends make fun of me, but me and my D boobs jump on the mini tramp, daily. It’s $15 on amazon. I feel like Roberta in Now and Then putting my sports bra on, making sure the girls don’t move. It was an outlet during my divorce and now my go to exercise is VERY pandemic friendly. Also, if your belly hurts, you can jump your fart out. ALSO, all children will love you for this trampoline.

    I use to stream LEKfit over a year ago. Then I realized I can just jump to my favorite shows or podcast. If you are feeling BOLD you can put 2 ib leg weights on.

    • em says...

      I love this!!! :D

    • Milou says...

      Love this!

    • elly says...

      “jump your fart out” killed me.

    • Gabrielle says...

      This sounds like SO much fun. As a fellow D-boober, I salute you!

    • Nectar says...

      I’ve had the same problem with my boobs bouncing around. Not sure if you’ve heard of SHE-Fit, but its the best sports bra for bigger chested women.

    • Heidi says...

      This is a Hall of Fame level Cup of Jo comment. “Me and my D boobs,” The Roberta reference, the jumping the farts out… perfection.

    • Angela says...

      F cup and Team Roberta for life! She was my favorite.

  63. Alyssa says...

    I am in the best shape of my life since COVID. With the gym closed and a high need for stress relief, I have been running my very hilly neighborhood several times per week. The endorphins are so good, I downloaded the sweat app and am doing their ultra high intensity workouts. It feels so good to sweat and be working out so hard, I can’t think about anything else. My little kids say, “mom, go exercise, so you can have a happy day.”

    • Adrienne says...

      Soooo sweet of them!!

  64. HRM says...

    Boxing, which has surprised no one more than me has been my lifesaver! My husband has been taking classes for a few years and right as California shut down he ordered a heavy bag on amazon( base that you fill with water or sand vs hanging from ceiling). I circled it cautiously for a few weeks and then for my birthday was unimpressed with a gift of boxing gloves. But! It’s not an aggressive, get it all out, kind of workout. There are specific movements (jab, cross, hook, etc) and each round is 3-4 minutes and for those few minutes I can get totally immersed in the routine and it’s actually very meditative. Paired with some Kelly Clarkson and Pink (yes, I’m basic), it’s 💯!

  65. Elise says...

    3 x 10 burpees a day and I’m calling it even

  66. Hannah says...

    I’ve been walking (almost ) every morning with my 3 years old, and also doing Momma Strong! I read about it a year or 2 ago in a similar COJ post and there were so many women commenting on the program that I gave it a shot! I’m still using it now and am 34 weeks pregnant with my 2nd. Not only did it seriously help with my core 2 years postpartum, it’s been incredible the difference it’s made during this pregnancy. I am really excited to dive into her postpartum program, and my daughter loves Kiddo Strong! Seriously, I can’t recommend this enough for any woman in any stage of life. What I’ve learned about posture alone is worth the $5/month, let alone everything else I’m learning about how to support my body.

  67. Nina says...

    I love working out at home. I recently joined Kait Hurley’s program (kaithurley.com), and I really like it so far! Kait has such a gentle, encouraging way about her, and I love that she offers a range of workout videos, from high-intensity to running to restorative. She also offers meditation-only classes and ends each video with a few minutes of meditating. The videos themselves are beautiful and the music is awesome! What’s great about her program as well is that she has made a conscious effort to include and celebrate people of different races and in different sizes of bodies. It’s pretty affordable too, compared to a gym membership!

  68. Alison says...

    I’ve been doing dance fitness classes called Sensazao. I’d describe it as like Zumba on steroids – more difficult both physically and mentally. It’s definitely hard when you’re getting started because the choreography can be complex, but the music is great and feeling yourself getting the hang of it is so rewarding! I used to go to their studio when I lived in Virginia, and dancing with them is one of the things I miss most about living there, but for some reason I never liked the idea of doing video classes until quarantine made leaving my apartment feel scary. I was also a little embarrassed to dance in front of my husband– I loooooove to dance but I’m… objectively pretty terrible at it. But actually he said that he finds my dancing kind of sexy! [insert mind explosion emoji].

  69. Britt says...

    I can’t work out at home. I’ve always hated it, but now I have such small living quarters and little privacy. With working from home full time and being a full time (online grad school student), everything else must take place outside. Haha. So I’ve been running more than I have since college and learning to surf. When I see friends, it’s for socially distanced outdoor workouts. I’m also single and will only date someone if he’s up for socially distanced outdoor activities, usually a workout – run, bike ride, hike, etc.

  70. Kristiana says...

    Sydney Cummings on YouTube. New workout every morning @ 5am – LOVE her.

    • GAR says...

      Yes!!! I do Sydney Cummings workouts six days a week. She posts a new workout every day on her YouTube channel.

  71. Youngdirectionless says...

    Yoga with Adrienne is the only thing I can muster the motivation to do. I feel so much better and it doesn’t require that I leave my house (which while a good goal was just too difficult). Instead I do a 25 min yoga session everyday while the toddler and the baby nap and it is everything.

  72. b says...

    In the beginning, I was going on twice daily walks, mostly to kill time and get closer to bedtime. Then masks became mandatory (which I have no problem with) and San Diego got hot (which I do not enjoy), so walking became difficult. I did a short walk a few weeks ago with the mask on, just to clear my head, and I couldn’t breathe at all after about five or six minutes.

    I follow a few exercise YouTubers; I’m just trying to find a spot in my day to squeeze in 20-30 minutes of something. Quarantine has not been kind to my mental or physical health.

  73. I love The Balanced Life by Robin Long (https://www.youtube.com/user/TBLwithRobinLong/). No stampeding hippo issues, and most of her videos are about 10-12 minutes long, so I can just do one or combine them when I’m feeling ambitious. She has a paid membership here, which I did for a while several years ago and really enjoyed: https://thebalancedlifeonline.com/

    Also a huge fan of Kait Hurley’s workouts! She has some free options here: https://kaithurley.com/online-classes/free and then a paid app, which I’ve also done in the past and really liked. I really appreciate the way her moves aren’t the same old–they feel fresh and interesting, and she’s really positive without being fake or overly cheerful.

  74. An amazing thing has happened to me during the pandemic. I too have been taking lots and lots of walks around my neighborhood (Inwood in Manhattan). I’m a photographer by profession and started using my walks as time to also take lots of photos with my iPhone. Through this process I’ve started observing the bits of nature in my neighborhood- plants, flowers, birds, you name it! All of the sudden my exercise habit has become tied to my art practice and it’s been a huge win win WIN for me. These walks have basically gotten me through this time emotionally.

  75. Em says...

    I’m a gym rat and so it’s been difficult the last few months without access to my normal gym routine. But movement and sweat is still my #1 act of self-care. If I don’t get regular exercise, the wheels start falling off for me, mental-health wise.

    What’s working for me is paying close attention to what kind of movement actually sounds good, each day. This is probably pretty basic for most people, but pre-quarantine I was always following a certain fitness program or routine and I just did the prescribed workout each day. So it’s pretty new for me to pause and think, “what actually sounds nice right now?” Whether that’s a long walk, a peleton app class, dancing around the living room, or just laying in the middle of the floor and calling it savasana.

    For people who are looking for new ideas:
    -The Peleton app is excellent, I love it
    -If you like to dance, I cannot highly enough recommend Dance Church, it’s a donation-based free-form dance/exercise class that streams live 3x per week: https://go.dancechurch.com/

    • Emily Lawrence says...

      Yes for Dance Church!!! I had gone in person for years and am really loving their on-line platform! My friends and I have done it together via zoom a couple of times, which has been a fun way to connect. Its one of the best ways unwind after a long day

  76. Brigette says...

    I’ve been a fan of at home workouts for years but now more than ever I notice how they improve my mental health. After trying multiple platforms I have been loving Pure Barre Go. Barre workouts are low impact, quiet enough to do in a shared household, require little equipment, and have seriously increased my tone. I also love my recumbent bike and watch new shows/movies while working out. Only allowing myself to watch them while working out makes me ride so much longer.
    I have also been trying to meditate regularly, while not physical, it helps to reset my mood and often encourages me to take care of my body.

  77. Jenny says...

    I pulled out vintage Richard Simmons Sweating with the Oldies yesterday to pull me out of a funk. My mom used to do it when I was a kid. I had forgotten how positive he is and how size-inclusive the other exercisers are! Highly recommend digging out your sweatband and fold lamé short shorts for this absolute treat. (I tried roller skating but wrecked myself getting too funky)

  78. Nadine Hughey says...

    A while back I found a lady on youtube to work my core after doing the elliptical at the gym. Turns out Pahla B has a ton of videos to choose from & recently did a 30-day weight loss challenge. I’m doing it for the second time this month & appreciate it not just for the variety, but the encouragement she gives. It’s actually geared toward women over 50, so she talks a lot about needing to do exercise moderately. I’m not a hard-core fitness person, but definitely need someone to give me permission to be moderate! Also like a long walk with or without the quarantine dog & swimming in the neighborhood pool.

  79. Brooke C. says...

    Pre-Pandemic I loved OrangeTheory but switched over to the Tone It Up app back in March and have loved it! They have both on demand classes as well as programs you can follow that take all of the thinking out of it — you sign up for a 2/4/6/etc week program and just do the max 30 minute workout video each day. My favorite is the 4 week program.

  80. Naomi says...

    Yoga with Adriene for the win. Daily. Equal parts strength training, deep stretching and meditative mind-release. I started doing it to keep strong, but am loving the fact that I am able to get 20-40 minutes a day of just listening to her voice and concentrating on not falling over… while fully forgetting the intensity of COVID and everything else it brings.

  81. Rebecca says...

    I have always handled my stress by moving. 100% obsessed with exercising because it’s all I have control over these days! Yoga with Adriene is my favorite quarantine discovery! She is the best! I do one video every day. I bought a cute yoga mat that I just keep out always. It makes me happy to use it. I also bought a body weight workout plan from Massy Arias. I nearly died when I started both the yoga and the workouts. But I’m loving seeing my progress. I’m also a strong believer in burrito days. They are just necessary for my soul. It’s all about balance and listening to what your body needs to get through these strange times!

  82. Anne says...

    I’ve been loving the FitOn app! I do it most days on my lunch break.

  83. Elizabeth says...

    I’m using running outdoors and Get Mom Strong indoors/backyard/at the oarky. It’s tailored for post-partum (like 2 months to 25 years postpartum) women and includes pelvic floor physical therapist approved coaching on core engagement, pelvic floor engagement, and modifications for pregnancy and diastis recti. Ashley’s programming has some cross-fit similarities but uses only bands and a couple dumbells, sneaks in physical therapy, and always pops the endorphins. Big fan, even though I use it a little different than prescribed! She has a private fb group for subscribers with extra encouragement and q&a.

    • Fay says...

      Love 2 months to 25 years postpartum. I found myself at yoga classes (back when in-person yoga existed…), when the instructor asked about any limitations, saying, “oh yes, I may not be able to do some poses. I recently had a C-section,” and neglecting to share the “recent” surgery was for a walking and talking 2.5 year old :)

  84. Agnes says...

    Yes. Kayla Itsines, BBG, the 12 week program. Over and over. I’m on week 12 this week (only took me 14 weeks this time!!) I’ve been doing it for years. It can be boring but I listen to podcasts while I do it, it’s half an hour 3x per week, I don’t see results with random workouts like I do with this. I do fun stuff on the other days (hiking, walking, paddleboarding, running, random new workouts, etc.). The end, forever probably, unless I see better results with something else.

  85. Lanie says...

    I never enjoyed working out at home until I discovered Megan Roup’s classes (aka The Sweat Society). Her approach to fitness is so balanced and approachable and every single workout I’ve tried has left me feeling both energized and accomplished. If you enjoy a blend of pilates/yoga/dance/sculpt I cannot recommend The Sculpt Society more!

    • Cheryl says...

      I second The Sculpt Society! I joined the sculpt family in May and even though I’ve lost weight, mostly I have been thrilled to get my old dancer legs back with relatively low impact, quick moving workouts. She has every length and variety with her videos, peppered with live workouts and new moves. I specifically like Megan because she’s an encouraging, positive person to work out with, cueing and reminding how to stay safe within the movements. It’s 100% awesome.

  86. Kat Watts says...

    I’ve been approaching working out at home the same way you have. Small things I can do throughout the day. And making myself go up on our roof terrace and walk around multiple times throughout the day. I also find that for me, I feel my best if I drag myself out of bed even just 20 minutes earlier and do a short workout on my spin bike or a quick yoga, weightlifting, or strength training video. So I’ve been trying to be better about doing just that.

  87. Allison says...

    Before the pandemic, I was part of a competitive volleyball league. I know I won’t be playing again anytime soon, so I took up rollerblading. Not only is it a new way to move (which is a mental exercise in itself!), it also helps me see my urban neighborhood in a new light. Instead of feeling bummed about being confined to the city and unable to do my usual activities, I look around and say to myself, “I never noticed how smooth the sidewalk was here,” or, “This giant, empty parking lot would be the perfect place to practice my turns.”

  88. I recommend Qigong, specifically Holden Qigong.
    A beautiful mindful all encompassing physical/emotional/energy flow.
    I love this practice so much, and Lee is truly one of the best teachers I have ever worked with.
    During this crazy time his classes and this practice has so helped with replenishing the circulation of my energy and reframing the anxiety of the external stressful conditions.
    He has been offering live classes 3 times a week and people from literally around the world are accessing them.
    Here is a link:
    http://www.holdenqigong.com.
    He offers a free 2 week subscription, no credit card required so if it intrigues you give it a go.

  89. laura says...

    I’m most motivated if I follow workout programs! As opposed to choosing random selections from an app. I just finished a 4 week home workout program from Whitney Simmons’s app, Alive, that was fantastic.

  90. Danielle says...

    I accidentally got a quarantine puppy. Accidentally because I didn’t know quarantine was coming. Also because the initial plan was an adult dog, but life had other plans. 1-2x daily walks and very brief interludes of fetch have become my fitness routine. Also, you know, wrestling a baby dog in the bathtub when she smells bad.

  91. EF says...

    I live right above my landlady, so I share your jumping concerns! I do Ballet Beautiful, one hour a day, along with the occasional SKY TING yoga class. I’m such a devotee of BB now that I invested in a standalone bar – basically as quiet as exercising gets :). Pre-COVID I ran 3-5 miles 4x a week, but stopped when I lost access to my office treadmill and the neighborhood track got too crowded. I’ve substantially improved my core strength, but do miss the regular cardio.

    • I have a barre at home too! :) I’m doing online ballet barre videos (Kathryn Morgan’s videos usually). I have Ballet Beautiful books and two of her videos. Maybe I should get those videos back out…they were only 20 m but intense.

  92. I really miss group fitness classes! Before the pandemic I attended Barre3 classes at least three times a week. Now I do the video classes, but I miss my instructors!

  93. Amanda says...

    I had knee surgery (meniscus repair) right at the beginning of Colorado’s COVID shutdown. All my plans for a low-impact recovery with things like swimming and the elliptical went right out the window when the gyms and pools shut down.

    For a while there, feeling defeated by my knee and the state of the world around me, my only activity was my bi-weekly PT appointments, but then I stepped on the scale and noticed that I’d put on roughly ten pounds after two months of inactivity and comfort eating. More than anything, I was worried the weight gain would hinder my knee recovery, so I turned to the only low-impact option I had left – my trusty Cannondale hybrid bike that hadn’t seen too much use pre-COVID, as I’d been obsessed with indoor cycling classes instead.

    Biking has been just what I’ve needed, and I’m slowly working up my mileage each week. Each weekend, my husband and I try to go for a longer ride, around 15-20 miles, and then do some shorter rides during the week. On top of being good activity for my knee recovery, I feel like it’s really brought us closer together – he has loved outdoor biking for much longer than me, and I’m finally seeing the appeal! Plus it’s a great way to see Denver from a different vantage point and learn new neighborhoods and roads :) Bonus: I already lost my post-surgery weight gain!!!

    • EW says...

      I love this! I’ve had an outdoor bike for over a decade but only rode it once a week or so when the weather was nice. I’ve been on it at least 3x per week since this started (in addition to walking and the occasional video workout). I rode 24 miles this past Sunday on a route I invented for myself. I’ve found new roads, trails, neighborhoods, which is awesome. I go first thing in the morning. It gives me the sense that I’ve been already been out in the world and I’m less tempted to run non-essential errands.

  94. Ashley says...

    The owner of the gym I go to has switched over to live Zoom HIIT/conditioning classes M-F on a donation based system. Having her interact through Zoom and seeing your “classmates” on screen really helps with my motivation. She gives mods to accommodate whatever weights you have. Link to Zoom in her insta bio @theclub312chicago

  95. Sarah S says...

    I just started using the Obe fitness app and am obsessed! I love the variety of classes (barre, yoga, dance, strength, etc) and the short 28 minute format. The best part for me is the live classes! Starting a class on time and not being able to pause is the accountability I need! Plus I love putting my class schedule into my google calendar.

    • Haley says...

      Love love love Obé classes!!!!

  96. Islay says...

    MELISSA WOOD HEALTH!!!! She has a calm and encouraging vibe and is the best way to start the day xo

    • Lorajane says...

      MWH for the win! I’m obsessed!

  97. Deb in Oklahoma says...

    If I’m going to watch something on network TV during the evening, my rule is to move during the commercial breaks. Crunches, planks, lifts with a kettle ball…anything, as long as I’m moving with repetition (aim for 10-20 reps) during the ads. Back on the sofa when the show returns, then on the floor during the ads. Of course, early morning dog walks also help, but just sitting and watching TV is not an option. (I don’t know how anybody can binge-watch anything. I have no patience.) Gotta get moving!

  98. I have a heart rate belt, and you get points for working out. I’m a competitive person (even if the competition is just with myself), so I try to out-do myself in terms of points earned the previous month. I’ve been working out nearly every day since the beginning of the pandemic. I run 3-4 times a week and then do strength or mobility classes the rest of the time. I love this guy’s quick workouts (20-30 minutes) and challenges: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1. I also have the Nike fitness app, which has great short workouts, step-by-step instructions and videos of individual moves.

    • Em says...

      Joe Wicks/The Body Coach is the best! We do PE withJoe with the kids and his other ones the rest of the time!

  99. Madeline says...

    Sweatfest with Ryan Heffington! Let me say that one more time: SWEATFEST WITH RYAN HEFFINGTON. I discovered his dance workout videos on Instagram a few months ago and WOW are they amazing. Ryan has a vibrance and a joy that makes each class so much fun! The classes are free, but donations are welcomed!

    Anyways, they’re about an hour long and are so life-giving. You’re wildly dancing around in your living room, listening to amazing music, and if that isn’t self-care, I don’t know what is.

    • SLP says...

      Omg, YES. Ryan’s classes are so wonderful. My body feels it from all the movement and my face feels it from all the smiling and laughing.

    • Natalie says...

      YES TO RYAN HEFFINGTON! Truly the funnest part of my week.

  100. Claire says...

    SWEAT FEST!! I feel like everyone knows about this by now, but if you don’t, trust we when I say this is the most raw joy I’ve ever gotten out of a work out. I never thought that my favorite cabin fever reliever would turn out to be dancing like a pretty pony/car dealership inflatable in my living room for an hour, but it absolutely is. Find classes on instagram (@ryan.heffington) for free if you need it, but donations are collected for extremely worthy causes each time.

  101. Katie S. says...

    I used to work out 3 – 4x a week, but since quarantine started and I adopted a rescue dog that simply will not leave me alone I’ve accepted that working out is just not a big part of my life anymore (for now). At first I felt bad about it and then I realized the only reason I was shaming myself was because of a societal expectation of what I ‘should’ be doing.

    I’ve actually been enjoying this break and am reveling in the feeling of ‘being a couch potato’ for the first time. Life ebbs and flows and I’m sure one day I’ll get back into more regular movement but for now I honestly think I’m happier this way. I take my dog on a few walks a day and that’s about the only movement I get other than just puttering around the house. I am consciously choosing to lean in to this period of life rather than away from it. Props to all the ladies here working out though!

  102. Emily says...

    Orange Theory addict here who loves the group dynamic and loathes working out at home…

    I’ve been walking 4-5 times a week with my friend and neighbor. We walk up an enormous hill that’s roughly 2 miles long and the way home is all downhill. We’ve seen so much more of our town this way and she and I have grown really close.

    • Lucy says...

      I am too – I miss it SO MUCH! Mostly I miss my friends….and the endorphin boost! I’ve been running on my own, but it’s just not the same.

  103. KES says...

    I was really missing sweating. I’ve been taking the dogs for long walks, but it’s not the same, and running outside was giving me anxiety so I got a Peloton (worried I wasn’t going to love it enough to justify the $$$) and OMG IT IS THE BEST THING EVER. The financing option is much lower than most fancy gym memberships and the idea that I can get a hard-as-hell workout without leaving my house is just incredible. I’m such a convert ugh!

    • Clare says...

      Also obsessed with my Peloton! My husband and I bought ours (with the 0% financing option) last fall. I used to scoff at Peloton bikes and then realized it made a lot of sense for us because: (1) I’m a med student with a tricky schedule, (2) our hospital gym is tiny and always playing Fox News, and (3) we have snow/ice on the ground half the year. It’s a huge privilege to be able to afford one, and I’m so grateful we can. Best way for me to quickly burn off stress!

  104. Lauren says...

    At the start of the pandemic, I loved Rebecca Kennedy’s 30-min bodyweight workouts on the Peloton app, no equipment required. The Peloton App audio-guided runs are also amazing. Peloton does such a good job focusing on building strength with positivity instead of using body image or weight loss motivators and I really like appreciate it.

    Unfortunately, after a few months, random classes just weren’t motivating enough. I ended up switching to the Body Blast series by Ashley Galvin on Alo Moves because it’s a 30-day program that includes seven 30-min workouts, each with a different theme. I like doing a program because if I skip a day, I feel behind. It helps me avoid the “I’ll just do it tomorrow ” mentality. Also, the workouts are difficult enough that I could only do about 50% of the moves when I first started. A difficult program probably won’t do it for everyone, but knowing I have room to improve and seeing progress keeps me motivated.

    As an endurance athlete in a prior life, 30-min at-home workouts seemed so easy that I didn’t plan for them the same way I used to plan long runs or bike rides. I also figured I could just squeeze them in “sometime” but I soon realized that was a mistake. I’d put it off all day, until it was 9:00pm and I had zero motivation and every minute was a struggle. Now I have a rule that if it doesn’t get done before dinner, then I let it go and start again the next day. That way I don’t spend all evening trying to motivate myself or go to bed feeling like I failed at a goal. It’s a little thing, but it’s made all the difference.

  105. HH says...

    Just came in from a lunchtime run and opened this up! So yes, I have been working out at home! I’m train in Olympic Weightlifting-no I’m not going to the Olympics but yes I compete regionally and nationally-and I typically train 5x a week. It’s been a HUGE adjustment since I live in a studio apartment and cannot complete my normal “style” of exercise. I used to loathe doing any exercising at home, even stretching! But since stay-at-home orders and gyms being closed, it’s been fun to get creative. I have run more consistently the last 4 months than I have since I was in middle school cross-country (which is good for me and my dog!), I learned that bodyweight exercises are sometimes harder than my lifting exercises, and sometimes just a long walk is all the exercise I need. My best friend who lives 2,000 miles away and I would do the Nike Saturday morning Live workouts “together” via Zoom in our respective time zones :) It was truly the highlight of my long and lonely quarantine weeks during the rainy spring in the PNW. Since gyms have opened on a very limited basis, I’ve stuck to implementing some of these quaran-routines and my mental health has thanked me for it! And on the precipice of my 31st birthday I look the best I have since my mid-20s; not my primary goal but doesn’t hurt!!

    • Em says...

      Hi to a fellow lifter! I miss the feel of a heavy barbell in my hands, A LOT. I’m doing lots of bodyweight stuff too and it’s been fun to get creative but yeah this has been a huge adjustment for me too! Solidarity <3

    • Kate says...

      Hi, friend Olympic lifters!! I competed in my teens, but I haven’t really lifted since 2012 when I moved away from my gym and trainer. I had JUST gotten up the courage to start at a new gym and had been lifting regularly for 3 weeks when COVID shut everything down. I miss cleans and squats and RDLs with all my heart but I’ve been doing cardio?????? instead???? and while I think I’ll always prefer lifting heavy, I do have a new appreciation for new workouts! I love meeting other ladies who lift, even virtually!

  106. Sil says...

    Working out helps calm my anxiety. Since my anxiety has been escalating, I’m working out more than I have in the past. I love Heather Robertson’s videos (they are free on You Tube) and Health House. About once a week I also play some good dance music and just dance my heart out, this one is my favorite, it feels so good to just shake it all out. :)

    • Courtney says...

      I too love Heather Robertson! After doing a lot of Fitness Blender for a couple of years (I’ll add my voice to the FB lovers on here), I found Heather and have been doing her videos 4-6 times a week for about 2 months. It is still HARD (which is what I’m looking for). Perhaps a little advanced for someone really new working out or weight-training, but for those that want a challenge set to fun music, I’m all about her stuff.

  107. Emily says...

    I’ve been working out at home exclusively since my second child three years ago. It’s my me time in the morning before anyone else is awake. I started doing Sydney Cummings’s YouTube videos about a year ago and am so hooked! I never thought anyone else could push me as much as I Pushed myself in a way that was motivating, but she does. There is a backlog of hundreds of videos for every training style. I’ve gotten several friends on board and we all talk about the day’s workouts together. Especially nice to have that in common since we’re not seeing each other as much.

    • Hadley says...

      Started with Sydney in April and absolutely love her and her work outs. And I’m very happy with the results I’ve seen so far. Totally recommend.

  108. E says...

    I’ve been a very PREGNANT burrito who is also eating a lot of burritos. Anyone have a free prenatal yoga video they love?

    • Jacqueline says...

      Sarah Beth Yoga has a few prenatal yoga videos. I have not done them myself nor am I pregnant nor have I been pregnant so…. basically I know nothing. EXCEPT that I do love the many Sarah Beth yoga videos I have done and would assume that the prenatal ones would be just as awesome.

    • Sophie says...

      Tonic prenatal yoga videos – available on YouTube. Peloton app has a few good ones too!
      And Sarah Beth yoga is awesome.

  109. Christine says...

    Daily Burn (which is now offering free Instagram workout as well as their usual subscription service) has been great. Doing a different workout but with trainers and participants who are vaguely familiar every day kind of stands in for social contact. Streaming 3 classes a week with my yoga studio (though the actual studio just gave up its lease due to the virus). Walking 3 – 5 miles or more most days. Never mind physical health — it’s keeping me sane and somewhat non-cranky.

    • I’m amazed no one else has mentioned Daily Burn! I love their variety and I love the number of classes they offer. When I signed up in March they were doing your first two months free- now I think it’s just one month but still good. They have kickboxing, yoga, cardio strength, dance cardio, barre… pretty much anything you can think of! I don’t have any equipment at home but have been more consistent about strength training than I ever have in my life because they incorporate it in such a non intimidating way. And lots of body weight stuff, no equipment needed. My fave instructor is Phoenix!

  110. HH says...

    Over the quarantine, I finished my dissertation, graduated with a PhD (without a graduation), learned how to make espresso, ripped out two flower beds (good stress relief), and started exercising after five years of being, if not a burrito, a nacho, or a limp piece of stale pizza, if we are what we eat. The best thing about doing my day job from home was reconnecting with my friend in Astoria, NY through zoom fitness blender workouts. We started easy–level one. I always hated going to the gym–the way it smells, the noise, my exercise fanatic ex-boyfriend “encouraging” me in very unappealing ways–but now I have a gym buddy and she also happens to be one of my best friends half the country away. I don’t feel so alone and my pants aren’t so tight! I was there for her, breathing and sweating, when the numbers in NY terrified me, and she’s there for me now, when the numbers in OK terrify her. Those thirty minutes once a day, now that I’m back in the office, are still the highlight of my day.

    • kristina says...

      congratulations, Dr. HH! Welcome to PhD life :-)

    • HH says...

      Thank you, Kristina! :) Happy to join you!

  111. Maria says...

    I got a used fitbit about a year ago and it has really been a life saver during the quarantine. I also love my pull up bar and hang when I have a minute a few times a day. Now I am looking for a good quick weight training type app or YouTube video. I have too much restless energy I need to get out. Anyone have any recs?

    • GAR says...

      Sydney Cummings on YouTube is the best. She posts a new workout every day and has tons of variety, including great workouts with weights. 10/10 recommend!

  112. Bailey says...

    I had been doing a lot of free yoga videos on YouTube, but recently transitioned to doing my own self-guided yoga for 20 minutes several times a week. It’s so much more enjoyable and I’ve been amazed that my body just knows how it wants to flow. Lately I’ve been feeling like a whole lot of goddess pose.

  113. Sam says...

    I’m a big fan of the walk. For one reason or another, I find it so hard to motivate myself to do anything more effortful (I’m tired, I don’t want to be that uncomfortable, I don’t have time to be sweaty). But a walk? I can almost always squeeze that in. It doesn’t hurt in the way that breathing hard and overheating does, and it’s more refreshing to me than another living room activity (as much as I love YouTube yoga). Plus my mind can work on all the things it’s behind on; even on the busiest days there’s an email I can draft or a phone call I can make or a video lecture I can listen to while I walk, and so I don’t have the excuse that “there’s too much work to exercise!” Leaning into the walk as my exclusive form of exercise has been a relief and gotten me moving these days more than anything else. 4.5 stars, highly recommend.

  114. AN says...

    Kayla Itsines’ Sweat app (now $120/year) has been a godsend. It starts with an 8-week Beginner plan, with every day gradually building up so I don’t feel overwhelmed or in pain, just a little bit stronger and leaner each day. It’s literally 28 minutes with an optional 5-minute warmup and 5-minute cooldown, and even though I’ve never been a regular exerciser, I’ve somehow stuck with it. Plus I CANNOT with her baby Arna and her Greek Yiayia and Papou on IG, it’s too much!

    • Laney says...

      I’ve been doing Sweat as well! I figured the $120 for a year is a fraction of what I used to pay for boutique fitness classes over 12 months. I’ve really been enjoying the workouts – the timing feature on the app is great, I love that you can sync it up to a Spotify playlist, and I like knowing that no matter how painful it is, it will be over in a total of 28 minutes! I’ve definitely pushed myself further than I thought I would and have been happy with the results. (And her daughter and her Greek family make me smile too. I’m Greek too & I find her Yiayia & Papou SO ADORABLE.)

    • MC says...

      This! I’d been putting in the work with heavy gardening and hours of chasing my kids outside/around the neighborhood but was starting to feel the need for some alone-exercise time. Sweat app for me x 3 weeks now. $40 investment in some resistance bands and a foam roller + 30-40 minutes/day –> awesome.

  115. Foree says...

    My friend and I have been able to rent a spin bike from a local spin studio that is shut down due to Covid-19 and it’s the best !
    We are able to support local business and still exercise in a safe way.

    I take the bike outside and spin in the early morning before work and it feels almost normal. There are so many great instructors posting content on YouTube , my personal favorite is Kristina Girod. She is unbelievably awesome!

  116. Caitlin says...

    As an avid workout class-goer, I’ve missed the group energy and regimen of an in person class during the pandemic. Some of the classes I used to go to in NYC have been doing Zoom workouts (my favorites are Shadowbox and Rumble) which has been a nice way to keep me accountable to a specific time in the morning or after work. They do cost money per class but I like to support the fitness instructors who are probably without an income, and i’m saving a lot on no gym membership right now!

  117. Katherine says...

    I’ve done Blogilates on and off for years (it’s free on youtube) and recently picked it back up. It’s crazy how sore my abs can get from just a couple of videos! Cassie is so positive and peppy as well. Definitely recommend her stuff if you’re new and looking to get into pilates (she has beginner videos) or if you’re looking for a new challenge.

    • I have also been doing Blogilates off and on for years! This year I am finally able to do her entire workout calendar (45 minutes a day) (besides taking one day off per week). I love that the videos are free and that there is such a huge variety (pilates, cardio, HIIT, all the muscle groups).

  118. michaela says...

    I’ve been doing so much more working out than usual. At first it was to compensate for the fact that I could no longer go to my yoga studio or get out to any big hiking destinations, but now it’s really become important for my mental health, too. I often like to work out as a way to separate my work time from my evening downtime.

    I’ve been doing a mix of things:
    – I really like the free newsletter TheWorkout.Today for cardio/bodyweight exercises. It’s awesome to have a full program picked out for you every MWF, and they’re all under 30 minutes.
    – Down Dog had a special offer of 12 months for $24, so I use their apps for yoga and barre (I prefer this to YouTube videos because I can easily select the duration, focus, my level of ability that day, and how much instruction I want to hear, plus it lets you play your own music.)
    – We live at the bottom of the tallest hill in our city, so I try to “hike” up the hill most mornings.
    – Every now and then, I join an online group class. Once it was a hip-hop dance fitness group (got my husband to join me for that one; hilarious) but I’ve also done fitness boxing, yoga, and barre classes. There are lots of free ones, but I try to find some local places that are offering donation-based Zoom classes too.

    • michaela says...

      I also tried to get back into running recently, but keep getting sidelined by shin splints. I injured myself during a couch-to-half-marathon program five years ago and spent about four months in physical therapy, which allowed me to walk without shin pain (seriously…) but it always flares up again when I start jogging.

      I thought I could finally start slowly again (my fitness base is a lot stronger than it was my first time around), but even with doing less than a mile to start, continuing cross-training, always warming up and stretching after, wearing compression socks, etc. I only got three runs in before the shin splints came back. They linger for days when I get them, even after foam rolling. Any runners have tips??

    • Michaela says...

      @Michaela, yes I have tips for shin splints! Obviously check with your doc if they’re getting bad after trying everything, but what’s worked for me is after every run, doing this little set of exercises on my cooldown:
      walk on your tip toes, toes facing front
      on your heels, toes facing front
      on your toes, toes pigeon-toed in
      on your heels, toes pigeon-toed in
      on your toes, toes pointing out
      on your heels, toes pointing out.

      I do each of those for like 20-30 steps and then switch. I just go through it once and it takes me like a block and a half to do them all, so that’s usually my cooldown, but people might ask if you’re hurt hahah. It’s a trick I learned in high school cross country- it strengthens/stretches the muscles and ligaments around your shins so they don’t pull on the bone or something? I have no idea how it works but it works SO WELL for me! Hope that helps!

    • michaela says...

      From one Michaela to another, thank you for the tips! I will try these! Maybe something in the name that makes us more susceptible to shin splints, ha ha. :)

  119. Courtney says...

    I highly recommend the FitOn app. It’s free and full of different types of workouts (yoga, pilates, strength, HIIT, stretching). You can search by workout length, type of workout, part of body you want to focus on, or by trainer. All of the trainers that I’ve taken classes from are great. They have some celebrity trainers too (Gabrielle Union, Jonathan Van Ness, and Julianne Hough)!

  120. Emily says...

    I subscribed to Obe and have been enjoying their workouts! They are mostly half hour and I find that’s the perfect amount of time. I love the Dance HIIT classes with Walter. Its pricey for an online subscription but I am justifying it because I’m not paying for a gym membership currently!

  121. jen says...

    I do a mixture of playing tennis, running, walking and fitness videos on YouTube. Since I no longer have a commute to work I do one of these exercises everyday.

  122. Mary says...

    I have been impressed with my ability to workout at home during all of this – something I was NEVER successful at before. I too have found that it is a game changer for my mental health (we are all struggling, aren’t we?) For awhile I did streaming Instagram workouts, but have focused on using the Peloton app (non-bike workouts) and streaming from my local yoga studio lately.

    I gotta say though, I deeply deeply miss the collective energy of an in-person yoga class.

    • michaela says...

      Totally feel this, Mary. I feel grateful that yoga is a practice I can easily continue at home, but it’s very different to do it in my living room/home office/workout studio while my husband putters around in the background than it is to zone out in a dim, quiet, dedicated space surrounded by a community partaking in the same ritual. :)

  123. Stef says...

    I feel like I’ve tried every work out at home and I just do not like it as much as I enjoyed Orangetheory classes and in-person yoga, Pilates and barre classes. HOWEVER, we recently purchased a Peloton and it is the best purchase I have made in a long time. I love it and I wouldn’t call myself a big spin person. I usually almost always do an arm or leg workout after the ride as well. It was definitely worth the $$ because I don’t see myself going back to any fitness studio until there is a vaccine. I highly recommend for anyone considering one!!

    • Louisa says...

      I want others to weigh in on the Peloton, too! – I’ve been considering one. I’m committed to a quarantine bubble through December (a shared homeschool with vulnerable folks), so no gym for another 6 months. Thoughts?

    • Clare says...

      @Louisa, I commented above regarding my Peloton. It’s not the same as an excellent group workout class, but I think it’s the next best thing. I also do arms, and I did some chest and back today.
      I never saw myself with one and now I love it. It’s pricey even if you can afford it, but the only other thing this good for my mental health is a therapist!

    • Shannon says...

      I love the peloton! I was an avid runner and scoffed at the bike, but it has been a lifesaver during this quarantine. I do not miss running one bit. I love the variety of classes and being able to work out whenever I have the time, instead of having to commute to the gym or park to run. I do weights on the app as well. Love it!!!

    • allison says...

      @Louisa We also got a Peloton during quarantine and I am SO grateful to have it! It has been a lifesaver for my husband and my mental health, and I finally feel like I’m getting a real workout in. We really debated getting the actual Peloton bike vs another, cheaper option (ex: the Bowflex bike). But with financing, Peloton ends up being much more affordable, especially if it’s replacing a gym membership or other classes. And to me, it’s worth it to have the perks of the actual bike, including riding in real time and the leader board. I would recommend using the app for other workouts before you take the plunge (strength, running, yoga, etc.) as you’ll get an idea of the vibe and the teachers to know if that’s your thing. I think they still have 90 days free to try it out. But yeah, I really wanted the bike and it’s even surprising to me how much of a convert I’ve become!

    • Marisa says...

      I’ve used the Peleton app for a couple years for treadmill workouts, strength training, and stretching. We splurged on bike this spring, and it has been worth every penny. There is a huge variety of workouts – intensity, length, etc – and the energy of every class and instructor is super motivating. I’ve been a home workout junkie for years, doing Barre3, Fitness Blender, treadmill, Kit Rich (to name a few) and nothing has been as fun and motivating as the Peleton bike rides.

  124. Liz says...

    I have been working out at home for my mental health! I have found that much like during normal times, a group and a set time helps me with accountability. My trainer at my gym started twice weekly lunchtime mobility sessions which are 30 min and combine yoga movements and stretching and a 30 min class for working on glute muscles. I continue to have one-on-one sessions with her and we adapted my workout to the weights and little equipment that I have at home. I started with just a 30 min workout compared to my normal 1 hr because we acknowledged that everyone’s attention span was shot to hell. My gym has free Instagram workouts and there are a lot of free sources on the internet. I’ve also been doing a lot of short 10 min yoga sessions. I would probably do more running, but running with a mask on makes me feel like I’m on fire, so I’ve built up my biking mileage slowly during quarantine. I can’t recommend biking enough. It has truly been my saving grace during this time and the main way I can get out of Cambridge/Boston. Overall I’ve been trying to listen to my body, cut myself a lot of slack, focus on the mental health benefit rather than fitness metrics, and do just a little movement if that’s all I feel like doing—a little movement is always better than nothing!

  125. While I am currently in a burrito in the bed sheets phase, I’ve been a die-hard believer that gyms aren’t necessary to work out- there’s so many great free workout videos on youtube. I used this one before I found out I was pregnant:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBMk30rjy0o

    And now I either use this one or pick and choose a few exercises to do reps of to whatever music or podcast I’m in the mood for:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSKw35zMQzg

    I do have a couple old weights and a yoga mat. That’s pretty much it though! And if the weather’s nice walking is always a nice easy thing to do.

  126. Samantha says...

    i wake up before my partner every(er, most every) day, and read part of a book. i’m trying to get into the habit of riding our stationary bike while reading instead of sitting in my reading chair. we have a pretty extensive home gym set up, but it is so hard to force myself to use it when there are always other things to do, like clean the bathroom or do laundry. when i could go to an actual gym it was easier because i had no distractions.

  127. Joy B says...

    For someone who can easily fall into negative self body talk, it’s been key to shift my mindset and vocabulary around working out away from words or phrases like “staying motivated” “being good” “sticking to a workout routine” because they imply the potential for failure i.e. more negative self-talk and guilt. Instead, I think of it from a self-care perspective, which in my field (mental health and therapy) is so so important, and I ask myself questions like, “What does it look like to take care of myself and my body right now?” More often than not, the answer falls along the spectrum of a gentle yoga flow or a heart-pumping HIIT routine, and it feels good to honor that. I’m calling it intuitive workouts – not sure if thats a thing but it should be!!

    • Joy B says...

      p.s. Caroline – I feel like you would like Melissa Wood Health!

    • R says...

      Thank you for this comment, Joy. I completely agree. I am also very tired of the covid weight loss/gain talk. We are in a pandemic and we should be focused on taking care of ourselves and our mental health, either by working out or not.

    • Lorajane says...

      I second Melissa Wood Health!

  128. Colleen S says...

    I have tried, but I lack the motivation. I’m trying to lose 20+ pounds, and I am gaining instead of losing. I have a stationary bike, which I occasionally lose. I live someplace that is hot five months out of the year, so going outside for Vitamin D (though sunscreen doesn’t allow it to penetrate) is a no-go. I have an account with FitOn, which I have used and enjoy, but I just don’t have the drive to do anything.

    • Colleen says...

      *use, not lose

    • Brittany says...

      It’s so much funnier to read this as you occasionally “losing” your stationary bike, though. Like you just walk right past it and sigh, “Oops! Can’t ride it…looks like I lost my stationary bike again”. LOL

  129. Emily says...

    I am with you, Caroline! My exercise lately has been chasing around our two toddlers, and sneaking in bouts of extra movement when and wherever I can (bicep curling soup cans, obstacle course jumps over puzzle pieces, etc!). To your point about saving things to listen to – have you checked out the app Pocket? I’ve found it incredibly easy to use. And now I look forward to saving articles and listening to them when I’m on the move!
    https://getpocket.com/

  130. Kate says...

    Running 3.5 miles 2 times a week (with my border collies as sidekicks), riding my bike 10 miles 3 times a week. It feels so good to be outside. I find gyms depressing and anti-me, but running and cycling are my JAM. I didn’t start exercising until in my very late 20’s (I’m 40) and I feel like I wasted so much time assuming I hated it. Turns out, I just hated organized sports and since that was my only experience with exercising K-12, I thought I was not athletic. What I’ve learned is I LOVE to exercise, but I don’t like it to be competitive or about other people. When I’m running with my dogs or on a long bike ride, it’s just about me and my body doing its thing, and it is glorious. What I’d suggest to anybody is try different stuff until you hit on what you like—because you won’t exercise if you don’t enjoy it!

  131. Meghan says...

    Before quarantine hit, I had finally gotten into a good gym routine for my body and my mind. So when we went indoors it was one of the first things I know I was going to need to sort out to stay sane. I’ve never been a fan of working out at home because I can’t stay motivated as well. On the recommendation of a friend, I signed up for The Class. They offer a streaming service where you can take live classes at different times every day. Their instructors are fantastic! They had started the service before quarantine so the audio and visual interface are well done. I tend to check out if audio quality is bad be it work out, podcast, etc. The music is loud and changes often. More than anything it’s great to “go” somewhere for an hour where someone else is telling me what to do. It’s also a great workout! It’s only 40 bucks a month which if you take a class every day is a stellar deal! There are some parts where you can jump but they thoughtfully instruct you have to work around that. Which my downstairs neighbors appreciate :)

  132. Sara says...

    I’m going to go ahead and be the single solitary person that has not been working out. Like, at all. We take walks with the kids when it isn’t too hot, but between keeping kids busy and working and family stress and living in a tiny house with no personal space, it’s the thing that I have been actively NOT doing. I miss it terribly.

    • Cooper says...

      Same! I just can’t bring myself to work out in the same room as my partner but there’s literally no other room in our tiny apartment, and I just want to crash on the couch after the toddler falls asleep. Maybe I will pull my bike out of storage and try for a slow ride before the sun sets.

    • Nicki says...

      You’re not, Sara. I won’t pretend I worked out much before COVID, but I did go to a weekly dance class. At the start of confinement, I think I joined my children for “Comic Yoga for Kids” about three times, but since then I’ve just accepted that with everything else going on, now is not the best time to find a new sport/way of keeping fit (we also just moved so I would have had to change my routine anyway). One day I will, but not any day soon.

    • Emma says...

      I am so with you on this. I love exercising and I love how it makes me feel. However right now I am just surviving – working full time, entertaining a 20 month old and trying to maintain a relationship with my partner / family / friends. It feels like I do not have the headspace or energy for exercise and that makes me so sad because I want that routine and discipline back.

  133. Nadya says...

    I love Kayla Itsines’ Sweat App (it is $120 for the entire year). The calendar within the app books recommended workouts for you and makes it so easy to do a workout without any equipment! Most importantly, the community of women from all over the world is so supportive and encouraging. I have made real friendships with women across the globe through it:)

    • Katherine Jones says...

      Chiming in to say I did BBG back in the day and loved it! Short and effective for the win. Your workout is less than half an hour but oh man, you are going to work for it.

    • Nadya says...

      Katherine Jones- you are so so right! Those 28 minutes are tough- but it makes me feel like super woman when I am finished!!!

  134. Maryn says...

    Most of the time I work out in my pajamas, otherwise it doesn’t happen ( I mostly do Yoga with Adriene and occasionally barre)!

  135. Kristin says...

    Several fellow educators and I started a workout challenge called My Corona (said in the tune of “my sharona”, obviously). We connected our AppleWatches and have to pay $5 each day we don’t close our rings. No one has missed a day yet and it has been a great motivator! My favorites are the Peloton app, hikes or socially distance walks with friends.

  136. Kelsey says...

    Hi! Check out Hot Mess Yoga on Instagram or their website, thehotmessyoga.com. My friend Amber, a Chicago based comedian, started these $5 yoga classes at the lakefront, and has grown her business online. Her classes are amazing!

  137. Bethan says...

    I’ve been doing Joe Wicks workouts with my mum (I’m in my twenties, she’s in her fifties) – dunno if this has crossed the channel, but Joe Wicks is a fitness dude who started doing “P.E.” lessons for kids every weekday morning when UK schools shut down. The workouts are varied and don’t use any equipment or require any skill, they take about 25-30 mins, and are all saved on his Youtube channel. Would highly recommend, I’ve been doing them for about 10 weeks and the boost is unreal. Plus for all the Americans out there, you’ll probably fangirl over the British accent, not the mention the occasional cameos from his teeny kids.

  138. Rachel says...

    I’ve heard what you’re describing called “exercise snacking”- love it! Burpees are hands down the fastest way to get in shape- highly recommend!

  139. Kristen says...

    I needed this topic today…I was thinking about how I have been working at home for the past 4 months (and will likely for the rest of the year) and exactly 4 months from today, I will turn 40. I am running and walking outside but need to do more (also live in small, older apartment = noise factor). I want to take it up a notch (all of it) for mental health and want to look amaze too. Having felt the last year of my 30’s has been a “waste” in a way being locked-up…. I need to better that mindset. Happy to read people’s comments on their at home workouts for inspiration…

  140. Angela says...

    I’m a huge fan of Yoga with Adrienne, particularly as I’m hunched over my computer all day at weird work stations (couch, kitchen counter, etc). I recently started The Sculpt Society because I have the time, why not repair my core post partum? (You can still use that term four years later, right?) So far I love it. Much like Adrienne, Megan is doing the workout with you, giving you good tips on posture and what to clench. I may never return to the gym!

    • Cooper says...

      Thanks for the recommendation! I’m almost two years postpartum and something is still not right with my core/pelvis/hips.

    • Kristen says...

      Yes! These two have been my quarantine secret sauce for keeping my body feeling good these last months.

  141. Momma Strong is excellent for postpartum (even years postpartum) or pregnant women and it’s only $5/month! They’re 15 minute workouts with a heavy focus on function. They are helped my pelvic floor and knee pain so much so that I can even run (pain-free!) when I’m craving a run.

    • ACS says...

      I second Momma Strong! She posts a new 15 minute high intensity interval training exercise every day (with options for low impact activity), and it is definitely function (and NOT appearance) focused. I started this about a month after I had my third baby and it has been AMAZING for my pelvic floor. She also has kiddo strong and poppa strong programs.

  142. Loren says...

    A friend and I meet on FaceTime and do the seven minute workout from the NYT every other morning. It’s brief but quite strenuous. I feel great after we have done it. I can tell I’m losing my endurance, though.

  143. Calla says...

    I really miss going to the gym, before covid I was making a lot of progress weight lifting and even though I bought a few weights to use at home, it just doesn’t replace a full barbell set.

    However, something that’s been unexpectedly nice for me is doing yoga at home. I hadn’t been going for the past few years because I couldn’t find somewhere affordable. But now that I’ve been doing it at home I find I actually like it better than a class. Doing 20-30 minutes (with a video or on my own) is so much easier mentally than a full 60-75 minute class. I also find that I’m more willing to push myself and try more challenging poses when no one is watching and I don’t feel like I’m in a competition with everyone

    • Kate says...

      I’ve been doing CorePower sculpt classes almost daily for the last two months and I am seeing RESULTS. And more importantly I feel strong mentally, and it’s making the summer really good.

  144. Caro says...

    In addition to the daily plank, I squeeze in a 5-7 km jogg every other day. So lovely to be outside and just ‘flap my legs’ – as I call it -, i.e. no big pressure regarding speed.

  145. I’ve also found that working out right now is so much about the mental benefit than any specific physical goals. It feels good to feel good!

    TheWorkout.Today is a free newsletter that sends all-levels bodyweight workouts that take 30 minutes or less – sharing in case anybody here is seeking something simple and approachable at home :)

  146. Caro says...

    I am impressed by your lifestyle changes, Caroline. Very good suggestions!
    Myself I do a plank every day, always when I prepare my breakfast tea so I won’t forget. My tealeaves need to soak for three minutes but during >1 min (I started with 1 min and add 15 sec every week) I do a plank. The best core exercise there is! Very important to strengthen the core when sitting so much at the desk to prevent back ache.

    • Erica says...

      Love this!!! Oh, the beauty of loose tea leaves…granting us the time to build our core!

  147. Abby Boler says...

    YouTube workouts have been keeping me alive! I’ve created a “playlist” of exercise videos that I rotate through depending on my mood and energy level. There are also so many “no jumping, low impact” options available for those of us who are apartment-bound.

  148. Amy O says...

    I have been doing Yoga with Adriene daily and it’s been terrific. I also love the Peloton app!

  149. Alyssa M says...

    fitnessblender.com FOREVER!

    • Kelly says...

      Yes!!!!! This has been a game-changer for me! So many options-length, type of workout, difficulty- and the trainers are so normal.

    • Josephine says...

      Absolutely – it has been a lifesaver! I’ve been doing three of the FB workouts a week, and mixing it up with the Kit Rich metabolism booster workout I found on YouTube. We also just inherited a cross trainer machine, so I hop on that for 20 minutes a couple of times a week. I notice a real slump in my mental health if I don’t keep up with moving my body in an intentional way…

    • Sarah says...

      yessssss I’ve worked out from home forever and FitnessBlender is the main reason why. I love the variety, I love the way they talk about bodies and strength, and I love that they resist diet culture.