The idea of going to a gym absolutely exhausts me! I have never been into the idea of having to get dressed, drive to a location, all just to work out next to people I don’t know on random equipment.
The gym has just never been my scene. So I am a huge fan of at home workouts. I love walking 10 steps into my living room, throwing something up on the TV, and using my own equipment.
The best part….. I don’t even have to put on real workout clothes. Yep, you heard me! Sometimes I do yoga in my pj’s.
Being that home workouts are my favorite, I have definitely tried a few. Some I’ve loved, while some I gave up on them immediately.
To save you all some time and possibly some money, I have compiled this list of some great at home workout apps, videos, and ideas to help you get in that at home workout!
Beachbody On Demand
So a few months back I invested in the Beachbody On Demand (BOD) subscription that provides a wide variety of workouts including yoga, boxing, weights, cardio, full body exercises, and more, that you can access on your computer or through the phone app.
The workouts are grouped into playlists which can be completed over a period of time such as 3 weeks, 80 days, etc. You can simply select the next workout in the playlist or move to a workout the peaks your interest based on how you’re feeling that day and all at your own pace.
I am currently on workout 11 of a 100 day workout series called the Morning Meltdown 100. These classes last anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes and require little to no equipment.
I now use this app to work out every weekday morning and so far have absolutely been loving it. The playlists help me to commit to multiple workouts rather then just a single class.
For a year long subscription I paid $99 for full access and got it through my girl Jamie (check out her website here if you are interested to learn more about BOD). If you feel like splurging a bit more, Beachbody On Demand also offers nutrition plans as wells as their Shakeology products to help you achieve your weight and health goals even quicker!
Paying for a subscription not your thing? Totally understandable!! In my research I found this free app called FitOn that has an enormous library of voice and video workouts. I use this app on the weekends or days when I want something other then Beachbody On Demand!
FitOn not only offers on demand classes, but live classes you can join as well! Super cool right? They even have classes taught by celebrities like Gabrielle Union and Jonathan Van Ness!
Their playlists include cardio, strength, quick hits, toning, HIIT, Pilates, dance & barre, and more. They even just added playlists like quarantine, no equipment, and small space workouts to help everyone who is stuck at home!
The free version also allows for you to invite your friends to join so you both can workout together! If you would like to upgrade to the premium version you will gain access to music stations, meal plans, exclusive recipes, and unlimited offline downloads.
When in doubt YouTube is your best friend. Seriously! That is how I got started on at home workouts. You can search just about any type of workout and find tons of videos!
Searching for different exercise videos is the best way to figure out what kind of workouts you enjoy. I figured out real fast that I love yoga, but hate high intensity work outs. I enjoy upbeat toning exercises but not the biggest fan of strength training!
So pull up that YouTube and get to searching! The two channels I started watching were Yoga with Adrienne and Love Sweat Fitness. I also used to get my groove on with these fun upbeat Zumba videos.
The apps, videos, and ever evolving workouts are fun, but sometimes a girl just needs the basics! I’m talking those classic moves you did in high school, you know the lunges, push ups, and crunches!
For my classics girls, I created a quick and easy workout template consisting of leg raises, push ups, squats, lunges, crunches, mountain climbers, and planks! Try to do 2-3 reps of the series and add or replace some of the moves with your own favorites.
Here is the link for the phone template (you can screen shot it and save in your pictures or you can even save it as your background!)
Here is the link for the full size pdf with options for other moves you can try!
Some Ideas to Help with At Home Workouts!
- Equipment – Don’t fret about getting the perfect workout equipment. When I first started I totally worked out with soup cans before I got my actual dumbbells. So feel free to find things around the house to use or keep in mind that even if you don’t use anything at all you are still moving your body!
- Space – The best thing to do is clear a space or designate a spot for you to workout. I started in my room but quickly moved into the living room as I needed more space to move around. Make sure to keep your workout spot clean and clear of other items as you don’t want a dirty area making it hard for you to workout or a spot full of other crap that it completely derails you from actually exercising.
- Time – To make it easier to stick to getting in your workouts, it also helps to determine a specific time that you plan on exercising everyday. For example, I workout first thing in the morning! I wake up at 5 a.m., brush my teeth, use the restroom, change clothes (sometimes), and start my workout! Creating a schedule is extremely important because you know that everyday you have designated that time to yourself and your fitness!
- Hydration – Drinking water while exercising is great, but it is even better if you continue to drink water throughout the entire day. This not only helps to re-hydrate your body, but provides hydration for you next workout and can give you a boost of energy! Check out my recent post on ways to drink more water!
Working out at home has really allowed me to not only start, but stick to an exercise routine that is uniquely my own! I have control of what app, video, or intensity level I choose to go at.
I listen to how my body is feeling but also work to push myself harder when I can. I feel this approach has completely changed how I view exercising!
If you need need more tips on creating and sticking to an exercise plan, check out my post on Lazy Girl Tools to Working Out and Sticking To It!
If you are already working out at home, I’d love to hear what apps or ways you get your workouts in!