By: Brice Bai
People have so many excuses for not working out—they don’t have the time, they can’t afford the fancy equipment, they don’t have access to a gym, etc. You may think that you must join a gym or a sports team in order to keep in shape, but there are actually many online equipment-free workouts that can be done in the comfort of your own home. Whether you can barely do a pushup or can easily do 100 burpees, there is sure to be a workout that will challenge you and help you become a stronger person.
Blogilates makes fun, 5-15 minute pilates workouts for beginners to advanced. If you’re really short on time, even doing one of her videos can work up a sweat. She has countless videos targeting the entire body and also provides playlists that plan 4-5 videos a day as your entire workout.
Popsugar Fitness is great for its full-length workouts and the celebrity trainers they bring in. In their Class Fitsugar series, they have a big selection of 10-40 minute pilates, dance, cardio, bodyweight, strength-training, and kickboxing workouts, so there’s bound to be one that you’ll like.
Led by a couple with over twenty-five years of combined experience, FitnessBlender makes effective full-length workout videos for all skill levels. You can search for their workouts based on length, difficulty, training type, muscles targeted, calorie burn, and equipment on their main website. If you can’t access their videos, their website also has printable versions of the workouts that list the moves and reps.
BeFiT is a fitness channel owned by Lionsgate especially known for its workouts by Jillian Michaels, Denise Austin, Scott Herman, and more famous fitness instructors. They provide many 20-30 day challenges targeting all body parts and upload videos on health hacks and nutrition as well.
Exercising may seem intimidating, but all it takes to get started is your own will power—if you want to make exercising a habit, the first step is to simply get up and move. Just like learning to ride a bicycle, the hardest part of exercising is the beginning. Everything may seem impossible and hopeless to keep trying, but with consistent practice, you will learn how to pedal and stay balanced. Slowly add more exercise into your life—once a week is better than nothing—and you will find yourself becoming a healthier and happier person.