If you find yourself working from home for the first time as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak and the imposed social distancing measures, you may be feeling a bit unsure of how best to maximise your productivity. One thing that should be a priority, is carving out a bit of time for both your physical and mental health. In this article we’re going to walk you through some of the best apps out there for home workouts to prevent you from going stir-crazy as you help flatten the curve! From ballet to HIIT and everything in between, we’ve got you covered.
The Harvard Review posted this study on the productivity of employees working from home, the results of which are quite the opposite of what most people expected. In order to be successful while working from home, it’s necessary to take care of yourself. Physical exercise-even just 5 minutes a day-has multiple proven benefits including a reduction in stress, better quality sleep, more energy, improved focus and as a result of the endorphins produced when we exercise, it’s indispensable at fighting depression. Not to mention the obvious benefits of staying slim and keeping fit.
Studies cite even just a 15 minute walk to get a coffee as enough to see some of the benefits listed above. However in a time of lockdown or social distancing, this may not be possible so here’s our list of apps and exercise channels to help you stay fit and healthy whilst working from home. There is something here for everyone regardless of age or fitness level, so try them out!
Designed by a professional fitness coach, 30 Day Fitness Challenge is the app that does it all. There are 3 different intensity levels from beginner to pro and exercises that target individual body areas. It can also be synced with Google Fit to track calorie loss. 30 Day Fitness Challenge includes a variety of different workouts including strength training, HIIT workouts and short workouts for those pressed on time. You can download it for free here.
Nike Training Club is the ultimate Personal Trainer in an app. It offers a wide range of workout styles including body-part specific workouts, strength and endurance training, mobility and yoga and it can also sync with Google Fit. Workouts range between 15-45mins and have 3 levels from beginner to advanced. You can train using the recommended workouts from Master Nike trainers and get tips from professional athletes such as Cristiano Ronaldo! The app offers a free trial after which there is a subscription fee. Available to download for Android and iOS.
Lose weight and get fit working out for only 7 minutes a day! 7 Minute Workout promises to help you lose weight and get fit fast, all from the comfort and privacy of your own home. Choose from full body workouts or target specific areas using HIIT and Tabata principles with no equipment needed-just your own body weight. The workouts are suitable for both men and women and this is really perfect for those chained to their computers, as everyone can find 7 short minutes to improve cognitive function and physical health. The app is free to download for both Android and iOS here.
Asana Rebel is an app that has very successfully managed to mix yoga and fitness together to form a unique blend of workouts for its users. They offer over 100 workouts designed by industry professionals, each of which can be personalised to your own fitness goals. The app also offers previews of each workout and regular new content. Asana Rebel is free to download for Android and iPhone but does have a small subscription fee.
The perfect app for those looking to start their yoga journey, Yoga for Beginners offers specially designed workouts with voice guidance to get you going on the right track. This is perfect for anyone looking to relax and focus on de-stressing rather than pushing their bodies to the limit. You can do these quick, free and effective workouts anywhere. This app basically offers a yoga studio on your phone! Download it for iOS and Android.
There are many longstanding Youtube channels that offer numerous amazing home workouts and here we’ve selected two for the ballet lovers and yogis among you. Check out Kathryn Morgan to get in shape the classical way or Yoga with Adriene for some calming vibes.
Now you know of the importance of looking after your health while working remotely, here are some tips on how best to work from home.
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