At home workouts are a good alternative to going to the gym. Here are some ways to make your at-home workouts more interesting and fun.
There are many ways to work out at home, from yoga, to running, to high-intensity workouts. There is something for everyone.
If you are looking for a calmer, more core-based activity, yoga or pilates could be the workout for you.
Sophomore government and politics major at the University of Maryland, Liv Williams, recommends the Peloton app for yoga classes. She said she likes to change up the type of class she does every few days so she doesn’t get bored with one activity.
The Peloton app requires a membership of $12.99 a month, but there is a 60-day free trial to try the app and workouts available.
YouTube is another source for yoga and pilates classes.
YouTube also offers high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts that work on strength and conditioning.
A fun channel that offers free HIIT workouts is The Fitness Marshall. These workouts are in a dance format, so if you struggle with repetitive movements or just love to dance, this channel is perfect for you. The workouts do not require a lot of room, so they are also perfect to do in a dorm room or apartment.
Another way to do HIIT workouts at home is through an app.
Caliber is a free app that allows you to put in preferences and it creates a personalized workout routine for you. Another is FitBod, which allows you to pick what area you want to work out that day and will give you options to do with or without equipment.
Finally, another way to stay active without going to a gym is by running or walking outside.
Sophomore education major Anna Lightsey said running is her favorite way to stay active. She enjoys running around the neighborhood and lake near her.
For students at UMD, Lake Artemisia has a two-mile loop and the trails around it that lead up to the university and neighboring areas. The campus is also a good area to walk around or run in because there are many one, two or three mile loops you can make.
Recwell fitness instructor, Erin Chang, advises students and beginners looking to start working out to try and focus on consistency.
“Find something that you enjoy and that’s convenient for you. That way you’re more likely to stay consistent with it and want to work out,” she said.
Workout routines look different for everyone, and the most important thing is staying consistent and creating a routine, Chang said.
At-home workouts can be interesting and fun, and there are many options to choose from to stay active. So next time you need an exercise idea, try an app, search for a YouTube video, or take a walk around the neighborhood.