How to Work Out For Free at Home

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As we all make adjustments to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, many are looking for ways to save money while still focusing on mental and physical health. 

That means exercise is key — and while some gyms across the country are beginning to cautiously reopen, many of us are still opting to work out from home. To that end, we’ve rounded up some ways to get your sweat on for free while we get through this pandemic together.

Popular budget fitness chain Blink is hosting free classes on its Facebook page live at 8 a.m. ET every weekday. Can’t make it to an 8 a.m. class? Don’t sweat it: the classes will live on the Blink page for you to check out at your leisure. Many of them focus on cardio, core, and full bodyweight circuit workouts. Planet Fitness offers a similar perk, streaming full body, lower body and more 20-minute classes on its Facebook page at 7 p.m. ET daily.

Pro Tip

Many popular gyms and fitness studios are offering free streaming workout classes you can take in the comfort of your own home.

Streaming service Obé Fitness hosts a range of workouts — ranging from sculpt to cardio boxing and everything in between — as well as programs from some of the most popular instructors in New York City. You can opt to do live or on-demand workouts depending on your mood and schedule of the day, too. Memberships start at $27 per month, but you can sign up for a month-long free trial.

Indoor-biking company Peloton is also offering app users a free membership for 30 days. You don’t even need to have a Peloton bike to take advantage of it, since Peloton also offers virtual yoga, stretching, meditation, strength training and cardio classes.

If you’d rather keep things really simple, there are also a handful of free YouTube streaming workouts and programs available, too. Some of the most notable are Chloe Ting, Blogilates and Yoga With Adriene. Even popular gyms such as OrangeTheory Fitness host daily at-home workout videos on YouTube.

Of course, streaming services and classes aren’t the only way to get your safe and socially distanced exercise. You can absolutely get in a good sweat going on a walk, running or even just doing some yoga or stretching in a nearby park.

But if you want the guidance of a professional instructor and also save money, you’ll be able to do both seamlessly with these tricks up your sleeve.