At a time where, understandably, energy and motivation levels may feel at an all-time low with the current situation going around us, we wanted to bring you some great ways to remain active at home. As people specialists, we realise that it’s important to look after your mind and your mental wellbeing in order to be able to perform your best at work or to be the best candidate out there for your aspired career move. Our team here at Futures are all set up to work remotely and have fed back on some of their top, tried and tested, free workouts and yoga sessions available online.
Exercise isn’t just great for keeping fit and staying in shape, it also hugely benefits your mental health. Just 20 or 30 minutes of exercise boosts your general wellbeing, makes you feel more energetic for the day and leaves you feeling more positive about yourself. Let’s face it, we’ve all had days at the moment where we’ve woken up in a slump, but those endorphins help relieve anxiety and leave us in a much better mood.
Live Fitness Classes
With gyms being closed, many companies have opted to move online and some even sharing free fitness sessions for everyone during this difficult time. Live fitness classes have proved a hit with many, whether through Instagram, Zoom or YouTube, you won’t have to look far at the moment to find inspiration. The good news is that these classes aren’t just for seasoned gym goers, they’re also great for complete beginners to just get you moving at home and put you in a better mood.
We’ve done our research and can recommend our favourite free online classes.
Psycle: Free online barre and HIIT classes
From abs blast to fit in 30, Psycle have you got you covered for a range of classes all for free on their Instagram page. The quality workouts include their famous Barre class popular for targeting the legs, glutes and abs for strength and toning. Tried and tested these short classes are well worth a try from your living room.
Follow their workouts here.
Third Space: HIIT, Kettlebells and Yoga
Ordinarily out of budget for many, luxury London based health club Third Space are streaming a variety of live classes from kettlebell workouts for those of you lucky equipment holders to bodyweight classes for everyone else. With membership costs usually around £200, these live classes are completely free to get on board with through IGTV.
Browse their live WODs here.
Barry’s UK: Bodyweight and bootcamp classes
Join the Barry’s at home hype. With live workouts on offer 4 times a day, these 30 minute workouts are aimed at people of all levels from beginners to those of you with more experience. With a range of bodyweight movements including your favourite, the burpee, and core movements like the plank, these high intensity workouts are fantastic. If you miss the live class times their videos are available on IGTV for 24 hours after.
Take a look now.
Another great way to stay active and clear your head in quarantine is through taking advantage of some free online yoga. These sessions work wonders for destressing and calming an active mind. Mindful breathing and relaxation is just what the body and mind need right now.
Here are some of our favourites that we recommend you to give a try.
Yoga with Adriene
One of YouTube’s most popular Yoga instructors, Adriene comes highly recommended. Give her 30 Day Yoga Challenge a try! Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned yogi there are a whole range of videos for different levels which range from targeting set yoga poses right through to focusing on individual muscle groups.
Get online with Adriene here.
Australian yoga instructor Shona Vertue is offering free dynamic yoga classes through her YouTube channel as well as full body workouts. From morning stretch sessions to chill out and de stress classes targeting opening the hips, these classes are perfect for keeping moving. Starting at just 10 minutes long there’s no excuse not to get involved. We were highly impressed with these videos, it’s no wonder she has 88K subscribers.
Try out some of Shona’s videos here.
London based Yoga studio FLYLDN is another fantastic option for online yoga. Named Men’s Health Best Studio 2019, they’re encouraging everyone to #flowfromhome with their live streamed Instagram classes. Running 3 times a day, their classes include the dreamy candle lit CHILL class, pilates and FLOW45 vinyasa. All well worth a try and will give you a reason to get out of bed in the morning and set you up for the day.
Browse FLYLDN classes here.
Self-isolation can be tough on the mind and sometimes all it can take is a new hobby to help you unwind and to feel productive with your time. There has never been a better time to do the things you enjoy or take up a new activity.
Whether it be running in quiet spaces nearby your house, painting or learning to play the guitar. The options are endless and it may be worth racking your brain for some new ideas.
Stay safe and we hope you find our tips to stay active in quarantine helpful!