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8 At-Home Workouts To Help You Stay Healthy While You’re Social Distancing

There's never been a better time to invest in your health.

This article was originally published in March 2020.

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to dominate headlines, everyone is being encouraged to practice social distancing to help stop the spread of the disease. As a result, an increasing number of us are working from home and many gyms are temporarily closing their doors. So what does this mean for our workout schedules? If you like to get in a few weekly sweat sessions and your regular gym has closed up shop, fear not: there are plenty of ways to stay fit within the four walls of your house. Below, we’ve rounded up 8 at-home fitness apps/workouts to get you moving:


We couldn’t make a list of at-home workouts without including the Peloton now could we? Offering thousands of workouts at the touch of a button and in the convenience of your own home, the bike has fast become the go-to for time-strapped fitness lovers around the globe. You can filter your classes by time (cycling classes begin at just 10 minutes), music genre, style of workout (such as low impact or tabata etc) and instructors. The bike is available on a 30-day free trial with the option to buy it outright starting from $2,950 (subscription to the Peloton app is $49 a month on top of this) or via repayments across 39 months once that time is up. However if cycling isn’t your thing, you can sign up for the Peloton digital membership on its own instead which gives you access to strength, running, yoga and meditation classes on demand for just $12 a month. Peloton announced today that it is extending the trial period for the app from 30 days to 90 in light of recent events.

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Body By Simone

A favourite of celebrities including Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Body By Simone is run by former dancer Simone de la Rue. The dance-based cardio classes are fun but make no mistake – you will be out of breath and exhausted by the time it’s all over. In light of the recent COVID-19 crisis, de la Rue took to her Instagram page this week to announce that she has lowered her membership prices by up to 40% to “help make our workouts accessible to everyone.” There’s daily live-streamed classes on offer, as well as a bank of other workouts on demand. Prices start at $17 a month.

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Nike + Training Club

If you’re keen to keep up your fitness regime but don’t want any extra costs right now, then the Nike Training Club app is the one for you. With hundreds of at-home workouts available – from bodyweight to cardio and equipment-based classes – there’s something for everyone to sweat it out to. You can also choose from different training programs to fit your specific health goals. Lead by the Nike master trainers, it’s like having your own personal trainer in your living room, minus the cost. That’s what we call a win-win.

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Tone It Up

Social distancing can be lonely, which is why joining a fitness community like Tone It Up is perfect right now. Through it’s app you’ll get access to hundreds of workouts (both live and on-demand) across various levels of time and difficulty, daily reminders to help keep you on track, as well as healthy recipes and nutritional advice. Plus, you’ll join the #TIUteam where you can connect with other members and the trainers from wherever you are in the world. Price start at $21 per month, following a free 7-day trial.

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Pure Barre

Love a barre workout but don’t have your own ballet studio at home? Not to worry as you can use your kitchen island/lounge/just about any stable surface in your house instead to do your Pure Barre workouts at home. The app allows you to follow a program or choose your own path when it comes to classes, and offers on-demand classes that start from just 5 minutes long and go up to an hour. As with the in-studio classes, the at-home workouts are low impact and will help create muscle definition whilst lengthening and toning. You can get a free 7-day trial, and the membership is $42/per month after that.

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Yoga For Beginners

The lack of commute right now means we’ve been given a little extra time back in our days so why not take that time to finally get into yoga. Good for both your mental and physical health, yoga is an easy at-home workout – all you need to begin is yourself and a comfortable surface to stretch out on. Yoga For Beginners will help you learn basic poses in easy-to-follow classes without the pressure of being in a studio. It’s the #1 rated free workout app for yoga beginners on the App Store and has an average rating of 4.7/5.

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SWEAT by Kayla Itsines

You’ve probably seen someone on your Instagram or in your life praising the BBG workouts (now known as SWEAT) by Australian personal trainer Kayla Itsines. The whole concept is built on 28-minute workouts and Itsines provides equipment substitutions that are as simple as using a can of tomatoes in lieu of dumbbells for example, making her workouts accessible to everyone. The workouts are based on high-intensity plyometric exercises (heads up, you’ll be doing a lot of burpees) and also include cardio and recovery options. Programs start from beginner level and also include pre-training options if you’re new to this type of exercise. You’ll also get access to workouts from other trainers via the app, as well as to the SWEAT forum where you can chat with other participants about their fitness journeys and find support for yours. There’s a two-week free trial on offer, and it’s approximately $28/month after that.

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