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Seven Types of Home Workout Videos to Try at Home

Whether you’ve always preferred to workout at home or the recent isolation guidelines for coronavirus have forced you to work up a sweat in your living room, home workout videos can be an excellent way to build or maintain fitness right from the comfort of your own home. Even if you belong to a gym or prefer to run outside, home workout videos can be a great option for those days when you’re crunched for time but still want to get a workout in, days when the weather is bad, or days when you feel like trying something new but don’t necessarily feel like committing to the boutique studio down the street. While some people look down on at home fitness classes  and other exercise that doesn’t happen within the confines of four walls and a weight room, we know that there’s truly no more convenient and flexible option out there when it comes to getting your workout in. We’ve curated seven great types of home workout classes for you to try at home.

When You Want a Longer Commitment

While we sometimes think of home workout videos as just being a one-off with one workout, nothing could be farther from the truth. If you’re ready to make a lifestyle change and want serious results with workouts that change throughout the program, look for home workout videos that promote a program that lasts between 30 and 90 days, like any of the Figure8 exercise DVDs or the 30 Day Shred from Jillian Michaels. These videos contain several different workouts depending on what day of the program you’re on and tell you exactly which workout you need to do each day to achieve your goals and target all of the major muscle groups throughout the week. There’s something to be said for eliminating some of the decision fatigue that’s associated with exercising, and with these videos, you don’t have to choose your workout after that first day – you just have to press play! 

When You’re Pregnant or Postpartum

Women who are pregnant or newly postpartum have different needs when it comes to exercise than other groups of people. The best workout videos that are suitable for pregnant and postpartum women will keep your heart rate at a safe level, will stay away from abdominal movements that can cause or increase abdominal separation, and will have you stretching and moving in ways that are healthy for you and your baby. Prenatal and postnatal yoga videos are popular options, as are low impact workouts like barre and pilates. Just make sure that the video offers guidance for pregnant and postpartum women and you’ll be good to go!

When You’re Looking for Something Intense

One of the biggest assumptions about home workout videos is that they’re easy, but if you’ve ever tried one, you know that nothing could be further from the truth! If you’re looking for something intense and challenging, there are plenty of home workout videos designed to get your heart rate up and keep it there. Look for high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts, workouts that advertise a lot of plyometrics, and anything with “cardio” in the title and you’re sure to feel the burn in no time!

When You’re Pressed for Time

One of the best things about home workout videos is that you can do them even when your schedule is packed. Remember, any exercise is better than no exercise at all, even if you only have five minutes to workout. When you workout at home, all you have to do is get dressed – there’s no commute, no equipment like dumbbells or resistance bands to grab, and nothing holding you back. Online fitness communities like Body FX offer videos of all different types and lengths, including some that are just one minute long. Everyone has time for that! Other videos offered by Body FX include six-minute videos to help get your hormones in check, plus longer workouts to get your heart pumping, of course. No matter what you choose, you’re sure to find an option that fits your available time. 

When You Need Something Simple

Whether you’re just starting your workout routine and aren’t in great shape or you feel stressed or overwhelmed and are just looking for a simple workout, you’ll find something suitable with home workout videos. It might sound crazy, but there are highly effective home workout videos that focus on just walking in place with a few different simple steps. It doesn’t get much simpler (note that we didn’t say easier) than walking, and even people with injuries, low fitness levels, and more will feel empowered and excited to take these on. Look for videos that offer walk at home workouts or beginner yoga when you need something simple. 

When You Want to Have Fun

Working out should be fun, and just because you’re doing your exercise in your living room doesn’t mean it can’t be! When you want to have fun, look for dance online workouts featuring a specific type of music that you like, such as hip-hop or country. You don’t have to be a great dancer to work up a sweat, burn some calories, and have fun while you do it. Plus, since you’re in your house, no one will see you anyway.

When You Want to Target a Specific Body Part

We all have #bodygoals, and some people may have a specific part of the body that they want to work on most, like the glutes, abs, legs, or arms. There are hundreds of home workouts that are designed to specifically target just one part of the body, so you can reach your goals faster. Compare pressing play on a home workout video that tells you exactly what to do to get the booty of your dreams versus spending hours on the internet trying to figure out what exercises you need to do at the gym for toning your buns. Home workout videos are definitely the simpler, more effective option when you want to target a specific body part. 

Why Home Workouts are a Great Choice for Anyone

Now that you know how many great options are available when it comes to home workout videos, it’s time to dive into exactly why home workouts are such a great choice. The fact of the matter is that working out at home is not only convenient, it can also be highly effective. 

  • You don’t have to do it alone: If you struggle with motivation or just hate exercising, it might seem like working out at home isn’t a great option for you.  However,  if working out at home feels overwhelming, try joining an online fitness community that offers personal coaching and has a large database of streaming workouts to choose from. 
  • Anyone can do it: One of the best things about home workout videos is that they are truly accessible for all fitness levels. There’s something out there for everyone! That doesn’t mean that every video will be right for you and your goals, but evaluating your current fitness level will help you to choose the right video for you. Even better, you’ll be able to mark your progress and move from beginner level up to intermediate and advanced as your stamina and strength increase.
  • You don’t need equipment: If you have access to a gym, that’s fantastic, but it’s not necessary to get a great workout at home. It’s possible to get an effective workout that will help you reach your goals with just some comfortable shoes and moisture-wicking workout clothes. For example, dance is an awesome full body workout that usually doesn’t require any type of equipment, as is yoga. Many home workout videos also are designed solely around bodyweight exercises like squats, pushups, sit ups, and tricep dips, so it’s not just a cardio workout that you can do at home with no equipment. 
  • The options are endless: Home workout videos are awesome because you’ll never run out of options. Unlike the old days where you could only try a new workout when you bought the DVD, today, online streaming makes it possible to try something new every day if you choose. That’s why you want to make sure to get a membership to a community that offers an extensive library of home workout videos. Major groups of exercise videos include dance, cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, flexibility, and more. 
  • No more excuses: Sorry, but your excuses are out the window once you start using home workout videos. There’s no such thing as not having enough time (remember those one-minute videos we mentioned?), you have exactly the equipment you need (shoes and clothes), and there’s guaranteed to be a workout that’s right for your body and fitness level. Since you’re working out at home, you don’t have to worry about feeling embarrassed about your fitness at the gym or yoga studio – you’re in a judgement free zone.

 

Home workout videos are truly for everyone no matter what your current fitness level, goals, or available time. You’re guaranteed to find a video that piques your interest, especially when you join an online fitness community with tons of options. 

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