If you're cooped up at home due to coronavirus concerns, you're not alone. With official guidance telling us to avoid gatherings of more than ten people, you should be skipping your workout for the next few weeks at least. It's not all bad news, though.
In a show of solidarity with those following social distancing guidelines, celebrity personal trainers are offering free workouts online to help those in self-isolation beat cabin fever. If you do participate and want to see how effectively you're working, consider using one of the best fitness trackers, many of which feature in our round-up of the best Amazon Prime Day Fitbit deals.
World-leading gyms are getting involved
Having closed its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Planet Fitness is instead encouraging customers and gym-lovers to join its 'Home Work-Ins' series at 7p.m. ET on its Facebook page. Here, certified trainers will be leading 20-minute workouts, with no equipment needed, to help people stay fit and healthy at home. This is ideal if you don't own any of the best home gym equipment but want to stay fit at home.
Founder of the high intensity interval workout and loved by celebrities such as Harry Styles, Barry's Bootcamp is also offering free workout classes with its top trainers from around the world. Barry's is rolling out free workouts on its Instagram page, twice daily. The workouts are 'bodyweight only', which means you'll need no equipment. In an Instagram post, the bootcamp brand said 'it’s important for us to support one another, remain united however we can, and remember that now, more than ever, we are stronger as one.'
Peloton, an at-home workout company whose live spin classes have found increasing popularity in recent months, has also extended the offer of free training. The trial doesn't require a Peloton-branded bike, and instead gives a free 90-day subscription to its app, The trial, which doesn't require people to own a Peloton-branded machine, lets people try yoga and strength training, in addition to cycling.
There are options for kids too
Homeschooling might have had them fooled, but there'll be no skipping gym for kids, either. UK-based personal trainer 'The Body Coach' Joe Wicks (the man behind Adele's recent transformation) will be offering at-home workouts aimed at young children, which you can find on his YouTube channel Monday through Friday.
😀 PE WITH JOE starting Monday morning at 9am on my YOUTUBE channel: The Body Coach TV 📺 Please please share this with as many people as you can ❤️ Our kids need this more than ever. Share it on your stories, your wall, your Twitter, whatsapp and school newsletters ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ioFGeFRpuKMarch 19, 2020
Self-isolating due to coronavirus can feel lonely, but it doesn't have to dampen your spirits. Exercise is well-known for boosting endorphins and can be good for your immunity, so consider investing in the best treadmills to keep active indoors. Or, if you don't have the space for equipment, try one of the best online fitness programs instead. If you're looking for a good weights system, we'd recommend the Total Gym FIT, the Total Gym XLS, and the Bowflex PR3000.