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How To Stay Active When The Gym Is Closed

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Exercising at home is a task in any regular scenario. The dog paws at your feet, your child wails for attention, you remember all the laundry you have to do … the list goes on.

While gyms across Texas are closed due to coronavirus concerns, it’s hard to imagine how to maintain your physical health. The good news is you can still get your exercise on from the comfort of your home!

Whether or not you have weights or equipment at home, we’ve rounded up some options for you to shed those few pesky pounds and remain active during this unknown isolation period.

Get Outside

Get in the habit of going out in nature with your family once a day. Going to an open field or taking a stroll around the neighborhood is great for the whole family. This tried-and-true option gets everyone out of the house for a bit and keep the kids happy. Not to mention, the fresh air and sunshine will make take away any traces of cabin fever in your kiddos. Leash up the dogs, buckle up the stroller seats and get outside (while observing social distancing). It is springtime, after all!

Follow a Workout Program

Amidst the COVID-19 chaos, a lot of gyms and work-out programs have released at-home workout videos and guides for free to make up for gym closures. Some guidance through a workout never hurts, especially if you’re used to taking Pilates or HIIT classes at your local gym. To keep your fitness journey on track, here’s some options we’ve found that are currently offering free fitness content:

  • Peloton – App is currently free for new users for 90 days; take strength classes, boot camps, meditation, yoga and outdoor walking or running classes; no bike needed
  • FabFitFun – Free FabFitFunTV for next two months
  • Core Power – 7 day free trial
  • Beachbody – 14 day free trial
  • Planet Fitness – Streamed through Facebook Live Monday–Friday and on YouTube
  • PopSugar Fitness – YouTube fitness videos available anytime
  • Black Swan Yoga – Live stream yoga every day, all day, from Dallas, Austin, San Antonio or Houston. Donations encouraged.
  • Solidcore – 15 minute Pilates-style workouts
  • Title Boxing On Demand – 30 day free trial
  • Ballet class with New York City Ballet Principal Tiler Peck
  • Obe Fitness – Free 30 day membership

Watch YouTube Fitness Gurus

If free trials aren’t your thing, consider YouTube fitness channels for your workout needs. Most require minimal to no equipment to keep you active. Here are some good channels to consider:

  • Yoga With Adrienne –  Adrienne’s follow-along yoga videos date back to 2012 and covers every yoga topic in great detail. If you’re looking to pick up a new workout hobby during all of this madness, her channel is a great way to learn yoga through and through.
  • Blogilates – YouTube veteran and fitness instructor Cassey Ho has been on the fitness content game for over 10 years. From follow-along workout challenges to short 12-minute workout videos, Blogilates is perfect for any mom looking to squeeze in some muscle toning while balancing kids and working from home.
  • The Fitness Marshall – With over 200 videos of dance workouts, you (and even your kids) can get your Zumba-esque workout in from your living room. Caleb Marshall specializes in dance workouts from popular songs as well as 60-minute long sessions.
  • JessicaSmithTV – If you’re a HIIT and barre junkie, check out personal trainer Jessica Smith’s videos, where she covers meditation and walking practices to interval, high intensity work outs. Most of her videos require little to no equipment.

Mix It Up

Don’t be afraid to mix and match workout options to suit you and your family’s needs. If you don’t have time to take a 30-minute walk, consider a quick workout video to keep your blood flowing. Also, changing your routine day by day gives overused muscles and joints a chance to recover.

Keep a Schedule

Last but not least, try to maintain a workout schedule at home. (Just like you’d do for the gym!) Setting goals and times for your workouts will help you track your fitness journey, while keeping your mind and body healthy.

Keeping a daily or weekly schedule will ensure you don’t fall into a sedentary lifestyle, but be sure to not overload your fitness schedule—overuse injuries can hinder your ability to stay active. Rest days are important, whether you’re in the gym or not!

If you need full family exercise options, check out Family Fitness Activities from our archives.

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