Much like zoom meetings and tik tok dances, indoor workouts were ubiquitous during the lockdown last year. With the UK kicking off gym closings across the country under new COVID-19 restrictions in 2021, many will wonder if they need to put their fitness plans on hold (especially if you hate running outdoors). To help out, I found a few achievable exercise routines that you can perform indoors That will boost any fitness goals you have this year.
If you’re new to indoor workouts, or you’ve just managed to avoid them over the course of 2020, you may be overwhelmed by the many, many fitness plans on offer. Of course, the country’s most popular fitness trainer, Joe Wickes, dominates the home workout scene, but there are many more helpful programs to try in your living room. Just be careful not to knock over any plants.
Whether you want to blow off some steam and sweat a little, or prefer a gentle yoga session, look no further – there is a workout for every lockdown mood below. Fortunately, you don’t need weights or a peloton bike to participate either …
When it’s too cold for a morning walk
Reaching the recommended 10,000 daily steps felt nearly impossible during the lockdown – after all, there was nowhere to go. Similar to previous bans, the UK has permission to continue exercising outdoors, including walking and running, in January. The Baltic January weather is not always appealing, however.
Try these indoor walking challenges on Youtube instead of reaching for your hiking boots. They make the ups and downs in your living room fun by incorporating marching meals and boxing exercises for 15 or 30 minutes.
When your WFH facility has influenced your posture
It’s easy to glue yourself to your desk from home, especially if your makeshift office is your dining table too …
Remember to watch your posture throughout the day to prevent back problems. There are many posture exercises on YouTube that you can use to lengthen your spine and release pent-up tension in just ten minutes. However, this exercise by Emi Wong is especially helpful IMO.
If you just have to breathe
Exercising at home can be an incredibly helpful coping mechanism when things get particularly stressful at home. In between HIIT classes and punishing strength training, I want to take time to breathe with gentle yoga flows and stretch routines like this one from Arianna Elizabeth.
For those looking for a variety of yoga classes and bodyweight exercises, Asana Rebel fitness app is a great option to take your yoga training to the next level.
If you don’t want to make too much noise for the neighbors below
Nothing will annoy the neighbors more than an avid fitness enthusiast doing heavy squats at 6 a.m. Trust me i know Many home training sessions aren’t for those who live in modest apartments and have roommates, but luckily there are some trainers who have kept an eye on apartment residents.
Fitness blogger Cassey Ho “Blogilates” did a 15-minute “Silent Death Workout” that eliminated all loud jumps and lunges in favor of custom toning exercises. As the name suggests, it’s still a pretty tough workout and you will definitely be out of breath.
When you need to let off steam
If you are feeling violent during the process and want to increase your heart rate, I recommend Les Mills Body Combat. Les Mills teachers will put you through their paces with punches and combinations inspired by martial arts. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced learner, the lessons are challenging but very powerful – there is also an energetic soundtrack to get you into the zone.
You can try out the classes on the official Les Mills app But they also publish free trial courses on YouTube.
If you feel like dancing
Home exercise doesn’t have to be all squats and crunches. With clubs and bars closed for the foreseeable future, online dance classes can help you pretend you’re back on the dance floor. You can either spend time learning or difficult TikTok dance routines Try professional apps like Steezywhich is led by choreographers.
Beginner friendly Dance classes from Seen On Screen have run all of 2020 and they are so empowering. From € 9.99 you can take part in digital dance courses and make your best Beyoncé impression.
Or try this tik tok dance workout and get your friends to join in via Facetime.
When you have a limited amount of time
Super short workouts are very popular on Youtube and are often harder than you think. When you’re short on time, try this tough but fast 5-minute mix of burpees, high knees, and lunges by Heather Robertson.
When you miss your gym friends
For me personally, I owe a large part of my fitness motivation to my fitness friends and personal trainers, who make the experience much more pleasant. Fortunately, as with other forms of work during the pandemic, you can get advice from personal trainers right now through Zoom, IGTV, and other digital sources.
Based in London and Manchester The fitness chain Blok has launched ‘Blok TV’. Through Lockdown and for £ 19.99 you can take part in live yoga, strength, pilates, barre and boxing classes, each attended by a highly qualified trainer.
UK based coaches like “Woz Ldn” and “Body By Ciara” have built impressive online communities with their challenging live streaming workouts throughout the lockdown phase. It’s a great way to stay motivated and meet like-minded athletes.