Self-isolation has brought us all the time we never had to work on those New Year’s fitness resolutions that never quite seem to pan out come March.
Since the closure of gyms, it was reported that Kmart had sold out of home work-out equipment, as the masses took to panic buying dumbbells and exercise balls to utilize the lockdown time to reduce their own masses or work on their physique.
Some of us are already ahead of the trend, with that cross trainer-come-clothes rack or equivalent finally getting it’s time to shine, but for everyone else, here are the Plunkett Picks for enjoyable exercise apps and equipment-free work outs:
1. Centr App
This app like a full service gym in the palm of your hands, with all the health centre favourites including HIIT, boxing, yoga and strength training, as well as a range of meal plans and recipes to help you reach your goals.
They even offer mindfulness and guided meditation – perfect for a time like this.
Cost: They have plans starting from $10 a month, and have a free 6 week trial on right now!
If you don’t know what a burpee is, then frankly you haven’t lived. Or is it that you just haven’t been subjected to a torturous personal training session? Give them a try and we’ll leave it up to you to be the judge.
It’s a full body strength exercise, working your arms, chest, quads, glutes, hamstrings and abs.
3. Glo Yoga App
What’s great about this app is that you can tailor your workouts to the goals you want to achieve, whether that’s a bit more flexibility, increased strength, prenatal, core and back strength or even calming and mindfulness techniques.
Or for all the yoga aficionados out there who can’t get to their regular classes, all of the styles you know and love such as Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga and Hatha are available too. You could even crank up the heater for an improvised Bikram session.
Cost: $18 per month, with a free 15 day trial available now!
4. Strava App
It’s been around for quite some time now, but Strava is the ultimate way to track your progress when it comes to walking, running and cycling – which, for now, we are still getting the greenlight to go ahead with outside of our homes.
It has the ability to connect with your friends, set challenges and track your progress and times, perfect for those of us who need a ‘work out buddy’ to stay motivated!
Cost: Free, with in app purchases
5. 7 Minute Workout App
Great for the time-poor, which probably isn’t most of us right now, but definitely one to keep in mind when life returns to normal. It is filled with a variety of equipment-free exercises to keep you challenged and motivated each day.
Cost: Free, with in app purchases.
6. Jungle Body
Do you like to dance? Well, this global exercise and movement-to-music company has a range of different calorie-burning numbers to get your heart rate up.
They offer online classes through Zoom, with a variety of diverse instructors to choose from. Each program is tailored to achieve unique goals, and are set to different intensities.
You can even get the whole family involved, with their Cubz program designed especially for children aged 2-6.
Cost: $5-15 varies between each instructor and class.
So, what if you catch the ‘fitness bug’?
Best case scenario, this time to get started will spark a new love for exercise in you that will continue into the post-COVD-19 world, and with that comes a desire to create your own home gym.
Here are some of our recommendations for setting up your own home gym:
1. Choose a room with good ventilation
While the garage might seem like a logical place to start if room in your home is a little tight, having a room that allows for adequate air-flow and temperature control will enable you to work out comfortably for longer.
2. Good quality rubber matting on the floors
Your joints, especially your knees, will thank you for this when you are lifting weights or doing high-impact aerobics.
3. Close access to wet areas
After you’re finished getting hot and sweaty, there’s no better way to round out a session than with a refreshing cool shower.
4. South-facing windows
By locating your home gym on the south side of your home, you can take advantage of solar passive design which will leave your gym cooler in summer
Health experts have been telling us for years that physical activity is not only good for your physical health, but also for your mental health.
Research shows that just 30 minutes of exercise each day can lead to increased energy, improved memory, and increased productivity. When our bodies undertake physical activity, it stimulates the brain to release endorphins and norepinephrine which in turn make you feel good and less stressed.
Now, this advice is general in nature, and we recommend that you speak with a trained health professional before undertaking a new fitness regime, particularly if it’s your first time, or you have an underlying medical condition.