How will you keep active and fit with the gyms closed? Maybe you’re fortunate enough to have a treadmill, or even a set of handweights, at home. And you can still run, walk, and cycle outdoors — the trails are open, although you may want to avoid the BeltLine’s very crowded Eastside Trail.
But with your fitness options limited, you’ll have to get creative.
These are just a few suggestions for tools that may help you stay motivated and focused on your fitness goals during these challenging times. The list will likely grow as we get new info on worthwhile and free options — so bookmark it and check back.
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Peloton offers a FREE 90-day subscription
Peloton is offering a FREE 90-day trial of its app. You can get the details here.
The subscription gives you access to thousands of live and on-demand classes to help you meet your goals, including running, strength, toning, cycling, yoga, meditation, and outdoor workouts.
Atlanta’s Sacred Thread Yoga expands virtual studio
Sacred Thread Yoga, with two studios in Atlanta, is offering a virtual yoga studio to the extended metro Atlanta area. Some of these resources are free, others have a small fee.
- download an audio class (some are free, others go up to $3.99)
- rent a class with your favorite instructor (free to $5.99)
- download and own a Master Class ($7 to $25)
YMCA launches virtual fitness classes
You can now access more than 60 FREE online exercises classes, including programs for youth. The classes include boot camp, barre, yoga, weightlifting, boxing, Tai Chi, and more. Access the videos via web browser, or download the app.
Down Dog Yoga offers FREE access to apps
Down Dog Yoga is an app that lets you specify the parameters of your yoga practice, including type of practice, level, length, and more. Then it puts together a video that guides you through a yoga class.
This is usually a paid service, but Down Dog Yoga is now offering a variety of FREE resources.
From a prepared statement:
So that anyone who wants to practice at home can do so, we are making all of our apps – Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout – completely free until April 1st.
In response to the many school closures taking place, we are also offering free access until July 1st for all students and teachers (K-12 and college). To access the free school membership, please register your school’s domain by visiting downdogapp.com/schools.
We are also extending free access until July 1 for all healthcare professionals so we can help those who are helping us. Please visit downdogapp.com/healthcare to register your work healthcare domain.
Insight Timer FREE calming app and website
While this is not a workout app, it has lots of resources for coping with stress — including guided meditations, calming music, soothing sounds for sleep, and visualization exercises. You can browse the entire FREE collection via web browse, or download the app to smartphone or tablet.
More apps, videos, and live streams
This is a just a small offering of what’s out there. If you’re looking for a tool to help with specific goals, Google is your friend.
This app helps a lot with diet and nutrition — making it easier to monitor calories in and calories out. It can sync with exercise apps like Map My Run.
Map My Run
There are several different versions of the app, including Map My Walk and Map My Ride — but no matter which you download, they all work the same. We use it to track long walks on the BeltLine and elsewhere. The dashboard is easy to use, and shows you distance, average pace, total miles, calories burned, and more. There are both free and paid premium versions.
Pop Sugar Fitness
This is a vast collection of FREE resources. You’ll find videos, podcasts, and infographics. They cover tutorials, exercises, and complete workouts designed for general fitness, stress relief, and weight loss.
Nike Training Club
This is a FREE app you download to a smartphone or tablet. It offers over 200 workouts, with sessions from 15 to 60 minutes. From the website:
The Nike Training Club app helps you reach your fitness goals with expertly designed workouts from our world-class Nike Master Trainers.
Madfit’s YouTube channel
This is a favorite among college students. It offers everything from 3-minute quick ab workouts to 30-minute routines with weights and bands.
Design a custom workout for these days of staying home! Just check the boxes for your preferences on duration, workout type, the type of equipment available, and difficulty level.
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