The Best At-Home Workouts to Get Your Body Moving

No matter how you like to exercise, these workouts will help you stay healthy and in shape at home.

April 15, 2020
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The world of at-home workouts has been evolving — turns out, Peloton was just the beginning. In many states gym owners and gym goers have been forced to get creative with many gyms offering at-home solutions for members and new clients alike. Fitness experts agree, the options are endless. And since now, more than ever, it’s important to get moving, we've rounded up some of the best at home workout solutions available right now.

Why You Should Work Out at Home

Being stuck at home automatically lends itself to being more sedentary. Altered schedules and new responsibilities also mean disjointed workout times. Rachel Darden, owner and head coach F45 Training in Fairfield, CT reminds us to get motion in wherever you can. “All movement is good movement," she says. Right now, fitting in an hour of exercise in between homeschooling and housework might feel impossible, but you can break it up. "Working in three 10-minute sessions is just as effective and much easier to schedule and manage.” We can all find time to make that happen!

Lauren Seib, NASM certified personal trainer and postpartum corrective exercise specialist, comments on recent events and gives it a delightfully optimistic spin. “The fitness industry has been forced to make an epic pivot into the fully virtual realm ... and I truly believe this space will forever be altered in an incredible way," she says. "Fitness fanatics and newbies alike have been using this stuck-at-home time and there’s no better time to hone in on feeling great.” Much like your favorite restaurants, Seib also encourages folks that can afford it, to keep paying their gym memberships. “Support your favorite spots by donating or keeping your memberships to ensure they’ll be back once things clear up!”

The Best At-Home Workouts of All Kinds

From Pilates to HIIT training, there’s something out there for every type of exercise enthusiast — many of these gyms also offer kids’ programs! Many of these services are free and for-pay services are offering deals. Check their websites and social media channels for more details.

Rowing

If at home equipment is your thing, Hydrow brings the water to you with virtual, coach-led erg sessions. The newest at-home exercise set up is getting rave reviews.

HIIT Training

One of the hottest forms of interval training has gone virtual. Many HIIT training studios are live-streaming classes to members. Orange Theory and Self Magazine are turning things up using YouTube, social media and their apps to post videos and full workouts. F45 Training is sharing post workout pics of members across the world and even offered a live workout with celeb F45 devotee, Mark Wahlberg.

Yoga, Pilates, Barre

Your favorite yoga and Pilates instructors are stretching their namaste and putting out all kinds of workouts. Reach out to your local instructor to see what they are offering or search your favorite online platform. From gentle meditation to Solidcore to hard core bar barre with BarMethod workouts, you can find ways to push yourself or simply decompress.

Swim

While you may not be able to swim in public pools at the moment, free workouts on SwimOutlet on Instagram and Fitter and Faster feature dry land workouts from swimming pros.

Combo

There are several organizations that offer a diverse library of workouts including Beachbody, NEOUFitness, ClassPass and Dailyburn. Many are offering free 30-day trials and Groker has even waived its fees until April 30th.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. She is the author of four cookbooks First Bites: Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers, The Healthy Air Fryer Cookbook, The Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook and Healthy Quick and Easy Smoothies.

*This article was written and/or reviewed by an independent registered dietitian nutritionist.

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