Stay Healthy at Home During Gym Closures With These FREE Workouts

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Keep up with your health and fitness routine at home!

It’s more important than ever to stay healthy, but visiting a gym is no longer an option for so many people. If you’re looking for an effective workout that can be done from home, we’re sharing some ways that you can stay fit or get in shape for FREE!

Whether you’re trying to maintain your old fitness routine at home or just getting started on your fitness journey, these ideas will keep you moving without breaking the bank.

1. Do some free HIIT workouts.

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Your body weight can make for some really great high-intensity interval training workouts. Don’t let that long word scare you—if you have just 30 minutes (or less), HIIT workouts are a tried and true approach to get in your daily exercise and finish quickly!

Here is one HIIT workout that you can try:

Repeat this set through 3-5 times.

2. Stream free fitness videos on Amazon.

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If you’re an Amazon Prime Member (if not, go here to sign up for a free 30-day trial!), you can stream thousands of workout classes with your Prime membership, including Pilates, Zumba, kickboxing and many more!

As an idea, here are 5 videos already included with Amazon Prime:

3. Find free workout channels on YouTube.

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Whether you’re looking for strength-training workouts, fat burners, yoga moves, dance routines, step aerobics, there’s a YouTube channel for it with FREE workout videos.

Here are some of the most popular YouTube channels to try:

    • BeFitYou’ll find everything from dance routines to extreme workouts to beginner’s yoga.
    • Cosmic Kids Yoga – These interactive adventures build strength, balance, and confidence while introducing kids to yoga and mindfulness.
    • Jessica Smith TV – Features cardio/strength workouts with and without weights and some power walking in place
    • FitnessBlender – Features strength workouts done with bodyweight or adjustable dumbbells.
    • BodyRock – Focuses on high-intensity intervals, including a 30-day challenge with a video each day of the week. (Most videos are over 45 minutes long!).
    • Blogilates – Features Pilates-inspired workouts done on a mat.
    • Yoga Journal – Includes yoga routines and sequences for energizing or relaxing, seated or standing, or focusing on various body parts.
    • Silver Sneakers – These fitness videos were designed for adults 65 and up.
    • Yoga With Adriene – These free yoga videos are tailored to individuals of all experience levels and body types.

4. Download free fitness apps.

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If you have access to a mobile device, there are a LOT of Free Fitness Apps available in iTunes and Google Play that you can download for various workouts.

Try one of these to get you moving:

  • Daily Workouts Lite (iOS or Google Play) – Targeting all major muscle groups, Daily Workouts Lite is a great 5 to 30-minute daily workout routine for men and women that steps you through some of the best exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home.

  • 5 Minute Home Workouts (iOS or Google Play) – Don’t have the time or the will power to workout? The 5 Minute Home Workouts App offers quick routines with timed rest and exercise periods to ensure workouts take no more than 5 minutes.

The following apps are now FREE until April 1:

  • 7-Minute Workout (iOS or Google Play) – Backed by science, the 7 Minute Workout engages every muscle in your body to improve strength, agility, and endurance.
  • Barre (iOS or Google Play) – Get lean, fit, and toned with a new ballet-inspired workout every day. Boost thighs, glutes, or core for an extra muscle-shaking challenge.
  • Down Dog (iOS or Google Play) – This highly-rated app provides a studio-like yoga experience in the comfort of your home. Each time you practice, it creates a brand new vinyasa yoga sequence so that you never run out of content.
  • HIIT (iOS or Google Play) – Avoid boredom and the dreaded workout plateau with the HIIT app. It’s fully customizable for your fitness goals and you’ll never get the same workout twice!
  • Yoga for Beginners (iOS or Google Play) – New to yoga? This is the app for you! It was created to introduce absolute beginners to the practice of yoga.

5. Check your cable TV channels.

Did you know that if you have On Demand programming as part of your cable TV package, you most likely have access to FREE exercise programs from Exercise TV? Exercise TV provides a wide range of exercise programs, including yoga, Pilates, stretching, walking, strength training, along with abs and cardio workouts. There are programs for every fitness level from beginner to advanced.

If you have a Roku or Apple TV, you can access free exercise channels as well! Check out the list of Free Fitness Channels available for your Roku (most are the same for Apple TV).

6. Utilize the great outdoors – it’s free!

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Throw on some sneakers and get outdoors! As long as you avoid groups and maintain social distancing, getting some fresh air in those lungs and enjoying the outdoors can be great for both your physical and mental health. Studies show that getting outside, in general, can lead to lower blood pressure, fight depression, and even improve memory.

Consider making your walks outside even more fun by bringing along a FitBit or download an app like MyFitnessPal to track your progress as you go.

7. Use what you have at home… (including the kids)!

You can get a crazy good workout using things you already have at home, like canned goods, couches, stairs, jump ropes, chairs, hula hoops, and even your own babies and toddlers!

Here are a few household item workout ideas:

    • Stairs – These are great for running up and down or doing calf raises on the edge.
    • Wall – Use any wall to do a timed wall sit…your thighs will love/hate you!
    • Jump Ropes – Using a jump rope as intended will get your heart rate up!
    • Broom – Lay a broom on the ground and jump over it side to side.
    • Canned Goods – Use soup cans for shoulder presses.
    • Hula Hoop – Place it on the ground and jump in and out of the hoop, going around the circle.
    • Chair – Perfect for doing arm dips—your triceps will feel the burn!
    • Kitchen Counter – Great for doing narrow pushups!
    • Babies/Toddlers – Kids love being part of the exercise and they make great “weights”.

8. Try Beachbody On Demand for free.

women on floor exercising following workout program on the tv

If you’ve been thinking about trying Beachbody On Demand, now is a great time! For a limited time, you can score a FREE 14-Day Beachbody On Demand trial and stream workout videos in the comfort of your own home. Hop on over here for all the details.

9. Work in By Streaming a Free Facebook Live Class

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Gyms like Planet Fitness and Pure Barre have started offering free online workouts that anyone can stream from Facebook live. That’s right – you don’t even need to be a gym member. These classes are open to everyone!

In most cases, you can catch these videos live or watch a replay later. In addition to being streamed live, most of them will also be available to watch for a limited time after they air, for those who can’t join the live stream.

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10. Check the websites of popular gyms for free workouts.

With many national gyms and studios closing nationwide, some chains are now offering classes and workouts on their websites as a way to stay connected with their members and keep them moving. Many of these workouts are available to everyone – no membership is needed to participate!

Orangetheory Fitness is one example of a studio that is now offering free classes on its website. Each day, a new 30-minute workout showcasing coaches from around the world will be posted. These workouts are free for everyone, and members are even encouraged to share them with anyone who could use a little stress relief.

CorePower Yoga is also offering free classes online to help everyone, whether a member of the studio or not, keep up with their yoga practice at home.

11. Try the Peleton App for Free – No Bike Required!

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For a limited time, Peleton is offering everyone access to its full library of classes through the Peleton App (regularly $12.99/month)! In addition to cycling and running classes, you can also take a mix of yoga, meditation, stretching, cardio, and bodyweight strength training classes.

Keep your body moving while you work with this clever under-desk product!

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Comments 31

  1. beaglemom46

    Thanks for the awesome list of potential workout sites and some that are free to try for a while. Excellent! Doing my part to be healthy as much as possible during this crazy time is something I can control. Helps with my anxiety as well. Thanks again for the list!

    • Liza (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so very welcome, beaglemom46! Hoping to give a few of these a try for family fitness, too!

  2. K. Nazario

    HIGHLY recommend Cosmic Kids Yoga. The storytelling element on the movie themed ones has kept my 2 and 5 year olds occupied for 30 straight minutes for the last two days!! They did the Frozen and Trolls episodes! Both super cute!

    • Kellie

      My 6 year old did both those today! She did the Frozen one, and insisted she wanted to keep going. That’s a win in my book!

    • lexie21lexie

      We LOVE Cosmic Kids Yoga🧘‍♀️ my kids do it every day since they are not old enough for school yet. Can’t recommend it enough to all the other moms and dads looking to entertain their kiddos during quarantine.

    • chaeysa

      My daughter and I did this today. More entertainment than yoga but we both had fun and it broke up the monotony of the day.

    • Teah

      I came to to suggest the same! We love cosmic yoga! They are so distracting you don’t even realize your working as hard as you are. The Moana one will give you a great leg work out. I Also love to challenge people to the “bunny bounce”!! Try it they are great for kids and grown ups alike!

  3. Debi

    This is an excellent post! Thank you so much. I take it for granted how much I move around bend and twist and stand at work that I was starting to think about working out at home. Just little things. Thank you, this is truly thoughtful.

  4. dblD Amber

    Great post. Hubby and I love our gym time together and are so disappointed we can’t go but obviously we understand why. Can’t wait to get back to the gym, our hardcore workouts can sometimes be a fun sexy time for us.

  5. alh071

    Thank you!!!! My gym has been closed one day and I already miss it so much.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You are so welcome! Exercise is such a great stress reliever!

  6. lisa

    Fit On app is AHmazing and 100% free all the time!

  7. Erin

    I am surprised beach body isn’t coming out with a better promo offer than 14 days with all these gym closures. Seems like a great time to draw in new users. I usually do hiit or Tabata workouts via free videos on YouTube. These exercises really get you in shape and challenge new muscles. I highly recommend Tabata or hiit style workouts if you are looking for something new or to try something that gets you a good fast workout in 20-30 minutes. It’s good for all fitness levels.

    • beth-3

      Me too! I was kind of hoping for a 30 day trial. I really like she has a 30 day free program. They are just 15 min but they are tough (she’s gives lots of mods for beginners though). She’s also has lots of free videos (as well as some paid content.) Most are 15-20 min. Tabata, HIIT, Yoga and circuit type work outs. I highly recommend.

      • Erin

        I’ve seen some of her stuff on Facebook and it looks great.
        I think if beach body did a 30 day (or longer) trial, I would become a customer. I’ve always wanted to try but 14 days is so short.

  8. Liz

    Go noodle has some quick kids workout or dance clips. Its free to download the go noodle channel on my roku but it’s probably on YouTube too.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the tip, Liz! Sounds fun!

  9. jessicaalvarez

    CorePower Yoga is doing 8 weeks free of their on demand classes! They’re awesome!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How cool! Thanks so much for letting us know!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      SWEET! Thanks, Michelle!

  10. Jessie

    Sydney Cummings on YouTube is another great option. She posts a new workout every single morning at 5am EST. Strength, cardio, it’s all there. Love her channel!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the suggestion, Jessie! I’ll have to check it out!

  11. Marinova

    My absolute favorite workout program is a combination of stretching and mindfulness called Lastics, and they are offering all their videos free until the end of the month. It is sort of like yoga but for people like me who hate the meditative part of yoga because it is a “bottom up” approach instead of a “top down” approach to meditation. It is amazing at stress relief!

  12. lcb1268

    Peloton is an awesome app. They have so many workouts that are not bike related. I highly recommend giving it a try.

    • Olgraygirl

      Thank you, thank you–I am so bored with my home workouts–can’t wait to try some of these options. One I would add, is HASfit on YouTube. There are a variety of fitness classes including some especially targetted to seniors or anyone with limited mobility. Great for anyone who might have Grandma staying in during these trying times. Keep up the great posts–ya’ll are a beacon of light right now!

    • Lindsay

      It’s cool that Peloton also has some family workouts. I’ve only done a few of them, but my nieces and nephew enjoy them.

  13. Tara

    Anyone know of any Yoga classes geared towards teens. We checked out the Cosmic Kids Yoga, but that was way too young for my 13 & 15 year old.

  14. Barbara

    Fitness Blender addict here. Workouts are free, easily accessible, not distracting with yelling, music or backgrounds; at all levels; and you can choose what you’re in the mood for. Find them on You Tube!

  15. Katie

    I absolutely love I know it’s not on your list, but there are tons of workouts from yoga to LIIT to HITT on the website and youtube channel. They are all done by Melissa Bender, an OT, and sometimes she’ll have guests or her husband join too.

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