Keeping fit during lockdown
We’d usually be recommending that our readers take to the slopes to get their heart rate up and enjoy some healthy exertion - but in the strange times in which we find ourselves, that’s not an option.
Instead, we’ve found some of the very best of online exercise, to get your blood pumping and endorphins rushing from the safety and comfort of your own home. Whether you want some intense HIIT or some calming flow, we’ve found some of the best the internet has to offer:
Adriene Mishler is perhaps the internet’s most successful fitness star - and her channel, Yoga with Adriene, has almost 7 million subscribers.
She offers yoga practises from 15 minutes to a full hour, varying in intensity from gentle stretching and mindfulness to intense ab workouts. Her 30 day challenges offer a great starting point, with videos of differing intensity for 30 days of consecutive practice.
If you prefer your workouts more old-school fitness video style, then Popsugar fitness is the place for you. Hundreds of videos around 30 minutes in length coach you through everything from barre classes and kettlebells to hip-hop high intensity interval training (HIIT).
If you want a workout that doesn’t involve following a video, Freeletics is a great choice. Free and paid-for versions offer a range of workouts to suit your goals, from bodyweight exercises to guided runs, it’s like a digital personal trainer.
As well as the big internet fitness channels and apps, many smaller scale instructors and studios are taking their product online during the coronavirus lockdown.
If you’d usually spend money on a gym membership or a ski holiday, why not support a small business and workout online with a local instructor. You might even find a new favourite class to attend when the lockdown is lifted and fitness classes recommence!