Home Workouts for the Holiday Season

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As COVID-19 cases surge across the country, you may find yourself back at home to conquer your fitness goals. Many college students, especially, will be avoiding public spaces more often now, due to being at home with family members who may be at a higher risk of contracting a serious case of the coronavirus.

The Chloe Ting challenges got a lot of us through March and April, but now is a great time to switch things up, and even consider investing in some cost-effective workout equipment. Luckily, there are several ways to get a good workout in, right from your living room!

MadFit

Maddie Lymburner has racked up over 4 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, MadFit, which features relatively short and equipment-free workout videos free of charge. Most of the videos aren’t longer than 30 minutes and are perfect to get a quick burn in while cramming for finals.

There are videos for everyone, from TikTok inspired dance cardio to upper body dumbbell workouts. They are easy to follow along and don’t require a fancy gym to get a good burn in.

Orangetheory At Home

Orangetheory is known for being a killer workout in just an hour or less, and if you’re unable to make it to your nearest studio, the company posts new at-home workouts every single day. They’re available on YouTube for no charge, and if you’ve never tried OrangeTheory, are a great way to ease into it before purchasing a membership.

If you’re looking to reach a certain goal, consistency is key, so having a plan to follow every day that targets your whole body is ideal. Don’t have a treadmill or water rower at home? Have no fear, these workouts don’t require either machine!

Usually, not much equipment is needed, and household objects can typically replace weights if you are unable to purchase some.

CorePower Yoga

Not into HIIT workouts, and prefer something a little more relaxing? Consider trying out CorePower yoga’s free at-home yoga sessions. For most classes, the only equipment you need is a yoga mat, and there are over 100 free sessions on YouTube.

Yoga is an excellent way to improve flexibility and balance, while also strengthening the mind. This practice of stability and strength can have huge benefits, both in other workouts and throughout daily life. Additionally, in these unprecedented times of COVID-19, taking time to center yourself in your daily routine can improve mental health significantly.

Cost-Effective Equipment Worth Investing In

No, you don’t need to purchase a whole bunch of fancy gym machines to have an effective workout. Many products under $100, or even under $50 can be a great investment for your makeshift home gym.

A set of resistance bands, which can be used for lower body and upper body exercises alike, are some of the most affordable workout equipment on the market. They’re also very easy to travel with if you find yourself going anywhere for the holidays. Dumbbells are another great piece of equipment, and having a few different sizes can be helpful for various different exercises.

A good yoga mat is essential to many workouts, especially if you don’t already have a soft surface in your home. There’s nothing worse than trying to do ab workouts on a hardwood floor! Plus, this piece of equipment is easy to store in a small space.

Luckily with modern technology, there are so many possibilities and options for getting a high-intensity workout in at home, and you won’t be blowing your whole paycheck in the process either.

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