As millions of us worldwide face the realities of social distancing — working from home, not working at all, gyms closed, group fitness classes canceled, staying indoors and more — the temptation to curl up on the couch and binge the latest trends on Netflix while digging into the snack cupboard is very real. But now, especially now, is not the time (is there ever?) to derail your progress and health goals.
Here’s a silver lining to bring you back from mourning the loss of your favorite yoga, boxing, swimming and walking class – countless top-notch studios across the U.S. are offering free live and recorded video classes. Join a live class for the sense of community, and invite friends to join you, too. You might be surprised at how much you’ll enjoy being challenged by an online class in real time. Do you want or need to be held accountable? Then this is perfect for you.
Also, recorded sessions are vastly expansive and convenient, so you can join at any time, take breaks when you need to and do as many as you’d like each day.
Many of the studios offering free classes typically charge upward of $20 per class or $150 per month for a typical membership. This is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of expert-led classes, and use this time to try something new, clear your head and nourish your body.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorites for you to explore and get your fitness goals back on track:
- YMCA 360
- Club Pilates GO
- Silver Sneakers On-Demand (must be eligible)
- Barry’s UK (Instagram Live)
- core power YOGA
- FLY LDN (Instagram Live)
- Orangetheory Fitness London (Instagram Live)
- ELDERGYM® Senior Fitness (free trial)
We’re all in this together, and we’ll thank ourselves later for keeping our mind and body wellness at the top of our priorities during this trying time.