With gyms, pools, fitness studios and running tracks closed, most of us don’t have access to the workout options we’re used to. As if the pandemic wasn’t bad enough on its own! The good news is that there is more online content and workout videos available for free than ever. Many fitness centres and studios are also stepping up their livestreaming game to offer free online classes.
Some of our favourite resources for free online workouts are listed below! While it’s impossible to list everything available these days, we hope this gives you a starting point to find a YouTube channel or a fitness instructor whose style you like to keep you fit and healthy in these challenging times.
See also our general tips on wellness and mental health during the pandemic.
Online Fitness and Workout Videos
Fitness Blender is a massive online resource with hundreds of workouts you can do at home with no equipment. Cardio, HIIT, strength, yoga, pilates, bodyweight and more are all there. Videos marked “FB plus” require an account, but there are plenty available for free.
YMCA 360 provides excellent free workout videos on demand, all categorized by sport and workout type.
Active by POPSUGAR is another great platform with top-quality workout videos. It does require a monthly subscription, but registration is currently free in an effort to promote social distancing. Snag your free account now!
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Find even more home workout resources here!
Many fitness centres, gyms, ballet and pilates studios are streaming free classes online using Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. If you feel like following along in real-time, check out your favourite local studio or gym to see if they’re doing some! Plus, you can check out the following suggestions.
Multiple live workouts daily on the YMCA Facebook page.
Daily 7 pm ET workouts live.
Free pilates workout livestreams.
Cardio and bodyweight workouts via Instagram Live.
Running, walking, cycling outdoors
If you are a runner, a cyclist, or a walker, good news! You’re still in the clear to work out outside as long as you are healthy and remember to stay away from other people. (If you have any symptoms at all, you should stay at home.)
Stay active and enjoy your workout!