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The coronavirus outbreak has prompted health officials to encourage the public to avoid large crowds, public spaces and practice social distancing whenever possible to help mitigate the spread of the virus. Many people have had to completely overhaul their day-to-day activities, including their fitness routines.
With more people working from home and exercising social distancing, many have chosen to forego hitting the gym. Luckily, it’s easy and affordable to break a sweat by creating your own personal gym.
It is times like these where we could all use a little zen in our lives. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned expert, yoga is a great way to increase flexibility, strengthen your muscles and yes, it even helps reduce stress.
We’ve gathered some of the tools, equipment and resources you can easily order online to stay active indoors.
For the Yogi
A yoga set is an easy way to get your flow on, but it has enough accessories to help you mix up your vinyasa.
SHOP IT: Amazon, from $43
The BalanceForm GoYoga 7-Piece Set has everything you’ll need to break a sweat or perform a relaxing routine. You can choose either a 1/2” or 1/4” thick yoga mat to suit your preference. With it comes a non-slip mat and carrying strap, knee pad, two yoga blocks, two microfibre towels and a yoga strap. The top-rated set is available in seven different colours and easy to clean with soap and water.
“Hot pilates is my new workout. This yoga mat is ideal for this type of workout. It provides just the right amount of support for my lower back as I have severe osteoporosis,” one Amazon shopper wrote. “The matching towel, face towel and knee match is also a great additional to the work out.”
“I love this kit! It was just what I wanted because I needed to buy everything again since we moved and this is the best combination. I ordered the 1/2 inch mat as I have trouble with my joints and it works great! The added knee pad is a bonus for when I need even more cushioning,” another wrote,
For the strength trainers
Circuit workouts are a great way to get a full body workout by incorporating both cardio and strength training. Thankfully, you don’t need to have a ton of space or money to create a circuit routine at home. A lot of guides recommend using your own body weight, but for those looking to up the ante, there are simple accessories and guides you can use.
Resistance bands are a great substitute for weight lifting when you’re short on space and time, but still need that full-body burn.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $19
This multifunctional workout tool helps burn calories and develop muscle. Vary your workout depending on which side of the BOSU ball you use. For pushups, flip the BOSU to have ball section face down. For sit-ups, ball side up.
SHOP IT: Bed Bath and Beyond, $160
You can use sliders (sometimes called gliders) on both smooth or carpeted surfaces to help take your workout to the next level by challenging you to work your core muscles to stabilize your body.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $14
High repetitions of low-weight kettlebells are an easy and effective way to build muscle in the back, shoulders and arms.
SHOP IT: Walmart, $34
Skipping rope is a fast way to raise your heart rate, burn calories, engage your muscles and improve coordination.
SHOP IT: Walmart, $11 (Originally $20)
A dumbbell set is a must for those who love lifting weights and want to dedicate an area of their home to fitness.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $490
Ab wheels are a great way to target your core, shoulders, arms and back. Goodlife’s Duo Ab Wheel offers more stability, increased traction and helps to prevent strain.
SHOP IT: Sportchek, $25
An exercise bench is a multipurpose tool that you can incorporate into your at-home fitness routine. Use for lifting weights, step-ups and lunges, shoulder dips, leg lowers and more.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $86
Recovery after every workout is essential, which is why every home gym or fitness enthusiast should have their own foam roller. Using a roller before and after your workout can help prevent injury, minimize inflammation and promote fast muscle recovery.
SHOP IT: Sportchek, $20
At-Home Guides and Apps
If you’re looking for guidance on getting the best workout at home, there are plenty of apps to assist you.
Noom is a lifestyle app that helps promote longterm health by eliminating quick-fit diets and helping you build lifelong, healthy habits - both in the kitchen and in the (home) gym.
Fitness influencers like Kayla Itsines and Kelsey Wells have created the ultimate exercise guide for women with the SWEAT app that features workout programs to suit your needs.
For those looking to get an “Avengers” body on their own, there’s a new app by Chris Hemsworth called Centr. The app features workouts designed for both men and women, healthy eating guides and recipes as well as guided meditation.