Most people remember their first encounter with home fitness. As a kid in the early ‘90s, I remember waking up extra early at the weekends to watch a TV programme called ‘Mousercise’, a Disney show with aerobics instructors in full Mickey and Minnie costumes teaching kids calisthenics. I was far too lazy to participate, but was fascinated by the spectacle nonetheless.
For those born slightly earlier, home fitness might be defined by memories of Jane Fonda grapevining across their TV screen in legwarmers, while for others it might be taking their inaugural steps on that weird-looking contraption known as a treadmill.
If your home isn’t that big, finding a place to exercise while you’re confined there may seem nearly impossible. Here’s what the experts suggest.
Whether you’re aware of it or not, your roommates are sweat-loving bacteria.
I know what you’re thinking…another self-quarantine post about at home workouts!! NOOOO….Spare me!
I know I know, I feel the same way. If I see another friend share her at-home yoga practice, a 10 pushup challenge, or a hyper-lapse of a pilates class I’m going to have to delete Instagram. (Just kidding Instagram…I can’t quit you! Especially during all of this isolation!) But I need these at home workouts the same way I need…well, Instagram.
Online workouts are of course nothing new. And they're much-appreciated by the self-isolating nation. But the math is complicated for instructors who until very recently relied on paid sessions as their income.
Exercising at home doesn't have to be basic and boring, and trying to do harder movements doesn't mean you have to succeed in order to benefit.
Small budget, big gains.
Even if you have a small space, no equipment (hello body weight workouts!) or very little time, there are many great options to help you exercise at home, with exercises focused on your upper body, lower body, core muscles, chest, back -- all the muscle groups, really. Then, of course, there's high-intensity interval training, cardio and more. Seriously, no matter your fitness level, these exercise options will get your heart rate up -- in many cases without you having to purchase a single dumbbell or kettlebell.
Switching to a home workout routine isn't easy if you're used to going to a class for your yoga or HIIT workout -- it takes some space and a lot of intrinsic motivation to stick to a home workout plan -- but in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, many fitness experts, gyms, apps and studios are doing their part to help us stay in shape. And establishing a workout routine could, most importantly, ease anxiety related to coping with the pandemic.
Social media, gamification and VR give these exercise tools more staying power.
Experts share their tips for exercising indoors during the coronavirus pandemic, which is keeping many at home.
Get to a nearby park and get in shape (safely).
Truth is, you don’t need much. Dumbbells, a barbell and a bench are enough to start. The key is to create the time and space for your new routine.
If you're trapped inside, you might be starting your workout regimen over from scratch. Here are some places to start, and what to do if you have no weights.
I tried out a whole bunch of home workouts—from dancing to prison stuff to cat curls—and only about half of them were totally humiliating.
Desk-bike hybrids and office chair-friendly ellipticals are peak productivity.
Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, home fitness represented roughly a quarter of the $11.5 billion global fitness equipment market. As millions of people find themselves confined to their homes, they are embracing modes of exercise that have roots that stretch back much further than the exercise tape and home yoga mat.
Many have found novel, even superior, digitally connected ways to stay fit at home—and it’s beginning to look like we’ll never return to gyms again. That is, if they’re even still there...
Home workouts promise overhauled abs, legs, chests, and butts, all with simple bodyweight exercises. Here's what to realistically expect, and how to get the most out of home training sessions.
At-home workouts are the future of fitness, but are expensive internet-connected gadgets worth it? Consider the pluses and minuses
We tested out a bunch of exercise equipment to see what works -- and doesn't work -- in today's connected homes.
The term incidental exercise has been thrown around a lot recently. With lots of people wanting to stay in shape but too busy to dedicate an hour a day at the gym, finding ways to work movement into your existing schedule is a brilliant idea.
Thanks to Zwift and Peloton sweating it out at home can be motivating and fulfilling, but which should you choose? We compare the two fitness platforms.
Home fitness has been in our lives for decades – and it’s taken on a new role since the Covid-19 pandemic closed gyms around the world. Whether it’s a yoga class on Zoom or panic-buying a Peloton, many of us are trying to find ways to exercise effectively within four walls. But where did the industry of Thighmaster and Wii Fit come from – and where’s it heading after the pandemic?
Working out at home is the only option. These apps make it a little better.
If you don’t have a lot of equipment, at-home bodyweight workouts are clutch and allow you to keep up your fitness routine. You might think your options are limited if you don’t have a whole rack of equipment at your disposal, but that’s definitely not the case.
Focuses on health and fitness at home...