The Best Workout Apps to Keep You Fit During the Coronavirus Lockdown
These streaming services make it easy (well, easier) to stay active even when the gym is off-limits
As our new Covid-19 reality sets in, it’s all too easy to let your routines slide, but during a time of major stress and disruption, exercise can be a useful outlet that helps you stay as physically and mentally healthy as possible. And even if you’re used to relying on a gym or your favorite class to keep you moving, countless online platforms streaming everything from HIIT to belly dancing classes mean — silver lining! — right now is actually a better time than ever to work out at home. In addition, plenty of brick-and-mortar gyms are currently offering free digital content, such as CorePower Yoga On Demand and Planet Fitness, which streams classes on its Facebook page Monday through Friday. On YouTube, you can join millions of subscribers in following Yoga With Adriene or Yoga with Kassandra for accessible and down-to-earth instruction videos.
If you can, set aside 30 minutes a day (or more!) for exercise, says Alo Moves instructor Briohny Smyth. One way to make this more fun is to mix things up with a variety of workouts, both low- and high-impact. “Pick something you like, schedule a time, and commit to it,” advises Smyth, who stresses finding a modality that holds your attention and suits your body. “It should feel good.” To stay motivated, Obé instructor Madelaine O’Connell suggests finding an accountability partner, be it a close pal, family member, or new friend via social media (many streaming tools and apps have fan groups on Facebook, for example).
Right now is actually a better time than ever to work out at home.
And while it might be difficult to find a quiet or secluded space if you live with family or roommates, try as much as possible to replicate the in-class experience. If you’re easily distracted, turn your phone to silent and inform loved ones not to enter the room. If you need ambiance, light some candles. Don your finest athleisure-wear and grab a reusable water bottle, just like at the gym.