Since the pandemic started, people have been spending most of their time indoors in the comfort of their own homes. Add winter and Pittsburgh’s cold weather to the mix and now some of you might be feeling a lack of motivation to exercise.
During these times, health and wellbeing is of utmost importance, so we’re going to share with you our top 10 online workout resources for staying fit and healthy during the winter (and we’re including apartment friendly workouts)!
ClassPass is a subscription-based website that provides access to countless fitness classes in all Pittsburgh neighborhoods, including yoga, strength training, barre, martial arts and more!
If you’re more comfortable working out at home, there are still many options available on ClassPass for you. Many studios and fitness classes have moved their classes online, so now you can sign up to work out LIVE in your own home.
Not only that, but ClassPass has other resources available to members. Aside from workout classes, you can use your credits to attend virtual cooking classes or even schedule virtual appointments with certified dietitians!
2. Couch to 5K
Get your smartphone out and get ready to download this app: C25K. If you’re looking to get into better cardiovascular shape, this one’s for you.
These workouts are designed to help people with no running experience to run a 5K at the end of eight weeks. Each session starts and ends with a five minute warmup and cooldown; the meat of the workout consists of alternating between running and walking for a total of 30-40 minutes. It’s easy and doable, even without a gym membership or treadmill. The beauty of this app is that you can use it anywhere!
Another resource you can download from your device’s app store is AllTrails. This application is a great tool for hikers, bikers and trail goers alike. Search and locate trails in the Pittsburgh area that you can visit and explore.
There are features that even allow you to track your location — and share it with others in real-time so that loved ones stay connected and updated. With this app, you can purchase a membership that allows you to download the maps to trails offline so you can access them without an internet signal. Time to get outside — but not before reading the rest of this blog post!
Similar to AllTrails, the Strava app is a great resource if you want to track your workouts. It logs your miles, time and routes — whether you bike, walk, run, or swim. After your workout, view your stats and see how you compare to other users!
What makes this app unique is that it has a social aspect where you can “friend” others and comment on their workout logs. This app is highly accurate and we recommend this app to anyone looking to track or elevate their exercise.
If you’re looking to become more zen or centered, we’ve compiled a list of some short yoga videos to help you relax.
- Boho Beautiful: Watch Boho Beautiful’s playlist of 5-15 minute yoga practices.
- Yoga with Adriene: Watch Yoga with Adriene’s 20-30 minute yoga practices.
- Alo Yoga: Watch Alo Yoga’s beginner yoga practice videos.
6. Weight Training
Tired of your cardio routine? Try weight training to build and tone up your muscles! Strength training is an effective way to burn body fat and strengthen joint and bone health.
If the free weight sections or machines at the gym are intimidating, you can always start out with at-home workouts to build your confidence for when gyms reopen or for when you’re more comfortable going.
- HASFit: Check out the HASFit YouTube channel for some beginner and intermediate friendly dumbbell workouts.
- POPSUGAR Fitness: POPSUGAR Fitness offers an array of workout videos including strength training!
*If you don’t own a pair of weights, Five Below, WalMart and Target all have affordable options! We recommend starting your strength training journey with bodyweight exercises so you can practice correct form.
7. Apartment Friendly Workouts
If you live in an apartment and don’t want to bother your downstairs neighbors with jumping or moving around, apartment friendly workouts are now your new best friend. These workouts are designed to be noise-free to prevent you from receiving noise complaints.
- MadFit: Peruse apartment friendly workout videos by MadFit.
- Blogilates: Peruse apartment friendly workout videos by Blogilates.
8. Low Impact Workouts
Many workouts are not mindful of people with joint issues or don’t make aware of any modifications that can be made. Thus, the birth of joint-friendly and low impact workouts.
Here are some links to some great low impact videos to workout alongside:
- Body Project: Follow along to these low impact videos by Body Project.
- Chloe Ting: Follow along to this low impact cardio workout.
Switch up your routine by trying a no-equipment kickboxing workout! Linked below are some free resources for you.
- FitnessBlender: Follow along to FitnessBlender’s kickboxing cardio workout.
- adidas Women: Follow along to adidas Women’s kickboxing cardio workout.
- Heather Robertson: Follow along to Heather Robertson’s kickboxing cardio workout.
Out-step your friends with these step videos from YouTube. You’ll skyrocket to the top of your fitness tracker’s leaderboard if you complete these!
- Rick Bhullar Fitness: Step in the comfort of your own home with Roy Bhullar’s walking videos.
- Walk at Home by Leslie Sansone: Follow along Leslie Sansone’s walking videos.
- Brian Syuki - Focus Fitness: Follow along Brian Syuki’s home walking workout videos.
We hope we were able to provide you with some new and challenging workout resources for you to do at home this winter! Stay warm and happy sweating!