If you have experienced unwanted weight gain during the pandemic, you are not alone. According to a poll by the American Psychological Association, 61 percent of U.S. adults reported undesired weight change since the pandemic began. 42 percent of people gained unwanted weight — 29 pounds on average – since novel coronavirus left many people confined to their homes with plenty of food and little to distract them. When adding the stress factor to this scenario, you have a perfect storm for unwanted weight changes. To get back on track, consider adding some exercise to your new routine, if you haven’t already, with these free workouts available through our 4 favorite fitness YouTube channels!
Run by husband-and-wife team Daniel and Kelli, Fitness Blender is a great – and free — YouTube fitness channel. All of their videos are filmed with a white background, so you can actually focus on what they're doing. The channel has more than 600 full-length workout videos, and more than 150 of those videos are HIIT, or High-Intensity Interval Training, to get your body moving and blood pumping. While some videos require some basic equipment, many can be done using only your body weight for the ultimate workout.
Casey Ho has been creating videos on YouTube for over ten years and has acquired almost five million subscribers – and with good reason. She is extremely versatile and teaches POP Pilates, PIIT28, and Bootcamp, all in one seamless workout. Many of her workouts don't even require any equipment! All you really need is a mat. She also has different workout programs you can follow, including apartment-friendly ones for all of you renters out there – yes, we see you!
The Fitness Marshall
Caleb Marshall will turn your living room into a dance party with music and moves designed to get you sweating. Each video is one song long, but he suggests creating a playlist of two warm-up videos, eight main workout videos, and one cool-down video for a complete workout. For an extra fee, you can also utilize one of his full workout playlists. Sometimes, he will make these full workout compilations available for no charge. Just turn the lights down, the music up, and you will feel like you’re back out on the town with your friends!
This channel is not about being a perfect yogi. All Lesley Fightmaster wants from you is to show up and do your best. That’s why she offers a significant number of full-length yoga practices for anyone at any level. You can start with the beginner videos and work your way up the ladder to the 30-minute, 45-minute, and full one-hour practices. With her supportive and non-judgmental attitude, you’ll feel completely comfortable attempting to master this ancient, treasured form of physical fitness and stress relief.
Physical activity and nutrition are important parts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. At The Heights at La Salle Apartments in Durham, North Carolina, we do our best to provide our residents with resourceful tips, exercise routines, and even recipes to help them reach their fitness goals.