Gyms, yoga studios, and fitness centers around the world are closed. But getting a daily dose of exercise-induced endorphins has never been so popular or essential for mental health.
Online fitness communities existed long before the stay-at-home order. There are hundreds of fitness influencers, workout apps, and virtual classes that are available from a computer, phone, or tablet at home, and with minimal or zero gym equipment required.
Here’s a look at a few online fitness resources I have been using that might interest a fellow gym faithful.
Pre-quarantine, I signed up for the Bulldog Yoga app, but it went unused. Online yoga is intimidating, and especially with the hustle and bustle of ordinary life, it was always hard for me to carve an hour out of my free time to get my flow on. But after just a few days stuck at home, I reactivated my account and committed to at least ten minutes of yoga every day. I prefer Bulldog over other apps because they have less intimidating, shorter classes for yogis-in-training like myself or intense sixty to ninety-minute courses for those who want to do more than just dip their toe in the water.
Adriene Mishler’s yoga YouTube videos have more than 500 million views. Why? Well, she has a video for everything, from long morning routines to quick, post-run stretches, and movements for neck pain. If you don’t feel like swinging for a yoga subscription, Adriene’s YouTube channel is another excellent resource.
Erin Carson is a well-renowned strength coach in Boulder, Colo., whose clientele consists of professional athletes, world champions, and Olympians. She started the ECfit app as a passion project in 2017, and during quarantine, it’s become the go-to strength app for professional and recreational triathletes, runners, cyclists, and ultra-athletes. The ECfit app is your one-stop-shop for functional training, also including pilates and yoga classes on-demand, as well as foundation training—a new type of strength designed to restore our natural movement patterns. I have been using the ECfit app for all of my quarantine strength training needs.
You may not be able to get a hands-on treatment from a physical therapist, but if you are dealing with aches and pains, Boulder Sports Physiotherapy is a fantastic resource. Sarah Ceschin, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and the woman behind BST uploads videos, blog posts, and information about pain in the body almost daily. If that’s not enough, she also offers tele-appointments to diagnose and help treat pain from afar. I had a consultation with her last week about my chronic back pain and walked away feeling hopeful and heard!
Whether or not you have a Peloton bike or treadmill, you can access the Peloton app for its running and spinning workouts. Peloton’s motivating instructors lead live-streamed classes where users can virtually high-five other participants. The Peloton app also offers boot camps, guided runs, yoga and strength training routines. Although I don’t have a high-end Peloton bike, I have been enjoying the virtual workouts on my cheap, second-hand stationary bike. The biggest bonus? Peloton is offering the app free for the first ninety days. Fingers crossed my 90-day free trial outlasts the stay-at-home order!