I hope you’ve enjoyed our series on exercise. It’s been really nice for us to focus on the positive benefits of exercise and why we enjoy it rather than on how guilty we feel for not doing enough. Hopefully you felt a bit of renewed enthusiasm too! As a final post, I wanted to touch on something I do when I’m finding it hard to fit in exercise or it’s too cold and wet outside for me to muster the energy to leave the house: working out at home.
I’m a real fan of YouTube-led workouts; there are lots of great-quality videos out there and they don’t require lots of space or any special equipment. I love that I can fit them around the rest of my life way more easily than a fixed timetable at a gym or leisure centre. Seriously, even if I have just 10 minutes, there are tonnes of options online.
Don’t think they’re an easy option though – I’ve worked up quite a sweat hopping around my bedroom. Even though you’re at home, remember you are still doing exercise, so while you can do the videos in your PJs if you want, make sure you’ve got a sports bra and trainers on too!
Below I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite channels for workout videos, including some serious cardio sessions as well as yoga routines that I like to do right before bed to help me sleep. I’m always on the lookout for more though, so I’d really love to hear your recommendations too – leave a comment below or tweet me.
When I discovered POPSUGAR fitness, I was quickly hooked. They’ve got workouts lasting 10, 15, 20 or 30 minutes and each one is guaranteed to make you work hard! The website is full of extra videos as well as non-video workouts (so you can listen to your own music while you do them). This 30-minute bodyweight workout and 10-minute cardio session are current faves.
Her yoga videos are all over YouTube, but I particularly like this playlist for beginners. They’re all under 10 minutes, so you can do a couple back-to-back or just the one if that’s all you have time for. Pre-bedtime is my preference for these ones, as they help me switch off and I find I sleep better. If you’re after a more intense workout though, this hour-long class is fantastic.
Yoga with Adriene
I’ve been following along with her 30 days of yoga series for a couple of weeks. The relaxed classes and her friendly style mean that I never dread doing a video, but I still feel like I’ve had a good workout. I thoroughly recommend it if you want a real kickstart to the new year, it’s actually been quite fun (trying to) fit in yoga every day.
Do you ever do YouTube workouts at home? Which are your favourites? Let me know by leaving a comment below.