First things first
Contrary to popular depictions of workouts on mainstream and social media as people in a gym or fitness studio, you don't actually have to leave the comfort of your home if you want to keep fit and exercise.
If you start to think about it, there are benefits to implementing a work out regime out of your home. Right off the bat, you save money by not having to pay for a monthly gym membership. You also save on the transport cost and travel time of getting to and coming back from the gym.
Moreover, you enjoy greater flexibility working out whenever you want, as opposed to being at the mercy of class schedules or opening hours. You also don't have to fight for equipment or space with others.
As motivation and to sustain your energy levels, here are four YouTube videos and channels you can follow. No equipment needed, so just bring along your can-do attitude.
First things first
First things first
Before embarking on any new fitness activities, do check with your doctor if you have any injuries, pre-existing conditions or are pregnant. Go at your own pace and if you feel any pain or discomfort, stop and consult a doctor.
Once you're well-hydrated and connected to your WiFi, you're ready to begin. Get streaming and start moving!
This video from Pop Sugar Fitness gives you a good foundation in strength training that you can build as a foundation for other kinds of workouts in future.
If you haven't been exercising regularly, this 40-minute video is a good starting point going at a comfortable pace. It covers warm-ups, strength training, and cool-down with stretching.
All major muscle groups are covered, with a focus on proper form and techniques. Since no weights are used, the chance of injury is minimised.
On the channel, you can find regularly updated videos of fitness tutorials, and exercises from a variety of genres including cardio training, Pilates, Tabata, P90X and more. It is a useful companion on your journey to a fitter, healthier and happier you.
Cardio workouts are an important staple in any exercise regime. However, they are also notoriously boring. That's why this video from Fitness Blender is so great. The variety of creative exercises will see you breeze past each session.
There are a whopping 450 free workout videos from the channel that range between 10 to 40 minutes, which means that there is always a work out for any occasion, whether it is to work up a quick sweat or perform a full routine.
Yoga is a fantastic choice when you are in the mood for something less intense, but no less beneficial for your body and mind.
This session is hosted by a professional Yoga instructor and incorporates recovery stretches, breathing techniques and mental relaxation exercises. It is perfect as an active rest routine or simply to ease muscle soreness from intense training.
As its name suggests, this video and all others on LiveExercise are filmed 'live', which means there are no cuts or edits. Rather than feeling like you are watching a recorded exercise video, you feel like you're working out alongside a buddy. They even have specialised routines for kids and low-impact workouts for people with limited mobility.
If exercise routines aren't really your thing and you prefer to dance instead, this video is right up your alley.
Groove to funky beats while working your entire body through choreography that is designed to burn fat, boost metabolism, and tone your body. With so much fun to be had, you'll find yourself actually looking forward to your next exercise dance session!
BeFit brings together top fitness personalities like Jane Fonda and Scott Herman to produce high-quality workout videos. Best of all, you can try to hit some of those moves on the dancefloor the next time you have a night out in town.
Fitness influencer Kayla Itsines has over 300,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel. Her SWEAT Summer Series is a four-week challenge to get people in shape for a bikini body within a month!
Her challenge targets core muscle groups in your body, as well as allows you to sample different types of workouts. Each video lasts approximately 1.5 minutes, but don't be fooled. There are two circuits for her workouts – a 14-minute and a 28-minute version. You can visit her blog, complete with infographics on how to accurately execute her challenge, conveniently linked on the individual videos.
A healthier you begins at home
As you can see, the journey to wellness and fitness does not need to be miles away and cost a bomb. In fact, it can begin right at home – all it takes is a little motivation and willpower to maintain an active lifestyle.
To help you with that, AIA Vitality is a science-backed wellness programme specially designed to motivate you to keep healthy, fit and active by rewarding you as you make small but significant steps towards a healthier life.
These rewards include insurance premium discounts as you get healthier, discounts for gym memberships and health screenings if you do choose to take it a step further, and other perks.