This is such a strange time that we are living in right now. It feels like something out of a Hollywood sci-fi or disaster movie, not like real life! Last week I shared some work from home tips and one of those was sticking to a schedule or routine. Part of that routine for a lot of us is daily or weekly workouts but unfortunately California (and several other states) are under pretty strict stay-at-home orders, which means all our gyms and studios are closed.
But in the words of Elle Woods “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” And we need happy more than ever right now so give us all the endorphins. In today's post, I'm sharing some helpful tips for at-home workouts, sharing fitness products I love, and rounding up all the free resources for getting your sweat on at home.
Shopping is my cardio
Shopping gives you endorphins too! I especially love that extra special surge of dopamine when I find something I love for a steal. Luckily the internet is really coming to our rescue during these trying times because there are two too good to miss sales happening on Nike and Adidas. Treat yourself to some new workout gear to tackle your home workouts and alleviate some quarantine stress.
Nike is also currently offering 25% off site wide for a limited time. The discount is automatically applied at checkout-no code needed. I've been a die hard Nike Free Run Flyknit fan for YEARS and there's some really cute new color ways of the Air Max.
Home Workout Tips
- Move your body: I am not a fitness expert or personal trainer, so my #1 tip is to just move your body. Take your dog or your kids for a few laps around the neighborhood. Hop on your bike (similar). Turn on your favorite podcast and go for a quick run or jog. Neil's been getting up EARLY the past several mornings and running and he's soooo much happier when he does this.
- Schedule it: Routine is so so important right now. Make your home workouts a scheduled part of your day so it's harder to skip.
- No equipment required: Lunges, squats, planks, and push-ups don't require any equipment and are easy to sneak in any time! Bodyweight exercises are the easiest and most affordable home workout there is. You can perform these simple, staple bodyweight exercises while binging your favorite show for a double dose of endorphins.
- Get a Peloton: If you can afford it, DO IT. We got a Peloton bike last fall and absolutely LOVE it. I have gotten several DMs about it since all this started and have a few friends that have made the leap. The workouts are fantastic and it provides a fun sense of community and togetherness while we're all social distancing. If you can't afford the bike, Peloton is currently offering their app for FREE for 90 days ($12.99/month after). Typically Peloton's free trial period is only 30 days, so this is AMAZING!
- Download an app: I jumped on the Kayla Itsines bandwagon with millions (literally millions) of other girls years ago and still really like the Sweat app. The workouts are easy to follow, short (just 28 minutes) and can be done ANYWHERE-including in the comfort of your own home. Tone It Up and Anna Victoria's Fit Body app are other amazing alternatives. Right now Anna is offering 30 days free with the code DAJEITALIA.
Free Workout Options
They are offering free 30-60 minute classes while the studios are closed.
They have been posting 30-minute daily workout videos to their IGTV that require no equipment and no Orangetheory membership. I know so many friends who are LIVING for these workouts while they can't get their OTF fix in-person.
CITYROW is offering 20 minute, at-home classes for free on Instagram. The workouts are full body and don't require any machines or weights. The workouts are uploaded Monday, Wednesday and Friday but they're being saved to their feed in case you miss one.
Twelve home workout essentials
- Lululemon dupe leggings: my biggest motivator when it comes to working out has always been new workout clothes. These buttery soft crazy comfortable Lulu dupes run true to size and won't break the bank.
- Yoga mat: this super highly rated yoga mat is an affordable option for all your home workouts or meditation sessions.
- Jump rope: our friends over at Clean Simple Eats love a jump rope and they're used in a lot of HIIT and CrossFit workouts. This pretty one is just $15 and a total home workout essential.
- Booty Bands: these super highly rated resistance bands are one of the easiest and most affordable ways to level up your at-home sweat sessions.
- Exercise Ball: a studio workout staple and super popular with personal trainers. The exercise ball is another inexpensive home workout staple.
- Medicine Ball: a medicine ball is a great alternative to a dumbbell or a kettlebell and suitable for all skill levels.
- Tumbler: there's just something about having a cup and a straw that helps me drink way way more water on the daily. Working out at home means I have access to ALL the pebble ice. SCORE! This $17 tumbler keeps drinks ice cold and comes in twenty-eight fun colors and patterns!
- Foam Roller: foam rolling is a great way to warm up, recover from a workout, or soothe sore muscles. This one is only $10, but if you want to be really extra good about your foam rolling (or just, extra, ha), Neil loves this one!
- Sports Bras: This is one of the BEST SELLING sports bras on Amazon and I've been using them for a couple years now. They are INCREDIBLY comfy, supportive, and at $8 a piece, crazy cheap too.
- Spiral Hair Ties: I live and die by these hair ties. They minimize damage when you pull your hair up, and they don't kink your hair during your sweaty home workout sessions.
- Adidas Ultraboost: I am completely OBSESSED with my Ultraboosts. They easily make my top 3 COMFIEST shoes of all time list (use code MARCH30 to save 30%).
- Nike Free RN Flyknit: I wrote a whole post about this shoe once and I still REALLY love them. Comfortable, cute, supportive, and flexible (25% off at checkout).
More home workout faves
We rounded up even more workout favorites that are perfect for sweating it out at home. Any resources that you're loving or using for your workouts while you're sheltering in place? Let me know so we can share!