Is your fitness suffering during quarantine? Use these helpful online resources to stay active and promote better mental and physical health.
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Highlighted services are offering free or discounted pricing to those impacted by the pandemic.
Miss Adventure Pants
Our world has changed overnight — and so has your workout. If you’re struggling train after losing your gym, I want to help. So I’ve designed three free quarantine-friendly workout plans you can do at home and in short trips outdoors with zero equipment.
These workout plans are perfect for you if you want to continue your training — or just want to maintain a certain level of fitness. Choose from an 8-hour, 5-hour, or 3-hour plan depending on your needs.
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Uphill Athlete (creator of Training for the New Alpinism) is offering free strength workout plans created especially for mountaineers and other mountain athletes in quarantine.
Workout Streaming Services
Home cardio can be a grind, especially for longer workouts. Virtual group fitness can break up the monotony and add some fun. Some of my favorites:
Down Dog App
The Downward Dog family of apps is offering free HIIT, Barre, yoga, and 7-minute workouts through May 1, 2020. K-12 and college students and teachers can get this deal through July 1.
Peloton is much more than a bike! Join the membership program to stream running, outdoor, bootcamp, home cardio, yoga and meditation workouts. Classes are available both live and on demand. To help you through the pandemic, Peloton is currently offering a generous 90-day free trial.
LES MILLS on Demand
Les Mills, creator of BODYPUMP and BODYCOMBAT, is offering a collection of online workouts for free until the pandemic is over. Many of these fun programs require minimal or no equipment.
Planet Fitness YouTube
The Planet Fitness gym chain is posting free home workout videos daily to its Youtube channel. Look for videos marked “United We Move.”
Core Power Yoga on Demand
Core Power invites you to keep up your practice (and calm your anxiety) with a selection of fun, free online classes and meditations.
Yoga With Adriene
Thanks to our Facebook Group members for pointing us to this awesome free resource! Yoga With Adriene’s YouTube channel is packed with high-quality yoga practices and meditations. Practices are sorted by length and topic (beginner, back pain, weight loss, etc.).
Enjoy Fitness Blender’s free library of nearly 600 home strength and cardio workouts — including 419 that can be done with no equipment.
Daily Burn offers daily live classes plus a library of over 1,000 on-demand workouts. Take advantage of the generous 60-day free trial.
Beach Body on Demand
Beach Body is famous for Insanity, P-90X, and other iconic challenge workouts, but also has a variety of beginner, low-impact, and yoga programs. Available in 3-month, 6-month, or annual subscriptions.
Home Gym Equipment
Setting up a home hiking gym may be less expensive than you think, and all you need is a few square feet of space. For more info, check out my post, How to Create a Home Gym for Under $250. Who knows? You may never go back to the gym again.
Health and Wellness
Ekhart Yoga is offering a series of 12 free gentle yoga and meditation classes to help people cope with the pandemic and quarantine.
The Simple Habit mindfulness and meditation app is offering free access to those financially impacted by the pandemic through April 2020.
The Balance meditation app is offering a free one-year subscriptions upon request.
Quarantine Workout Tips
- Give yourself grace. You’re likely going through many stressful changes and adapting to a new way of life. It’s OK to put fitness on the back burner or cut back your routine while you’re figuring this out.
- One of the hardest part of the being quarantined is not knowing when it will end. So long as you can do so safely, you have nothing to lose by continuing to train for summer and fall trips and races.
- If your trip was canceled due to the pandemic, and you’re not sure what’s next, focus on maintaining a good base level of fitness. A good baseline for most outdoor athletes is 3–5 hours of cardio and 2 full-body strength sessions a week. But even if you can’t manage that now, everything helps.
- Try to get outside for exercise when possible. This will be the easiest way to maintain your cardiovascular fitness, and it’s also great for your mental health. Be sure to practice social distancing by staying at least six feet from others.
- Expect that popular trails and bike paths will be busier than usual, making social distancing difficult. Try to visit early in the morning while others are sleeping in.
- Avoid playgrounds and public exercise equipment. No one is cleaning them, and the coronavirus may be able to survive for several hours on hard surfaces. If your gym is still open (or reopens), consider it a high-risk zone.
- Remember that there’s more to health than fitness! Keep your immune system healthy by sleeping and eating a nutrient-rich diet. Use technology to connect and socialize with other humans.