This past weekend I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine, about how I motivate myself to be active at home. I have to admit that when I started home workouts I found it really hard – I prefer classes and following an instructor over following a workout that I found on Pinterest. I began by working out to DVD’s, starting with Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred, but that quickly got boring, especially when I could recite the workout word for word. I then invested in a few other DVD’s but found they could either be a hit or a huge miss and investing money into a bad workout DVD really sucked.
Then I discovered workout videos on YouTube… OMG, there is a plethora of videos there that you can stream for FREE! YouTube videos can be watched on any Smart TV, Roku, Apple TV, tablets, phones… You name it! When I discovered workout videos on YouTube I REALLY fell in love with being active AT HOME, then after a few months of sweating up a storm in my living room, I got more used to it. Home was once place to relax and not sweat in, but now I’m quit comfortable getting hot and sweaty right in my own living room, or on my bike trainer, in my backyard on the deck, etc. All it took was these great YouTube fitness channels.
Here are the YouTube fitness channels that I love and HIGHLY recommend:
- PopSugar Fitness.
More than just fitness, the PopSugar Fitness channel also features healthy living tips, wellness advice, and more. Definitely prepare to sweat with these great beginner videos. Inspired by club life in Miami, try the Vixen Workoutto get your Beyoncé on while making you feel hot!
Created by Cassey Ho, a super bubbly and motivating fitness instructor, Blogilates is more than just workouts…it’s a COMMUNITY of POPsters who live and breathe POP Pilates that thrive on supporting one another towards success. POPsters BELIEVE in working out because it makes you a better, stronger, more positive person…it’s more than just vanity. Find the JOY in fitness with POP Pilates at Blogilates and try Cassey’s fun lower abs and booty blast workouttoday!
- Cosmic Kids Yoga.
Healthy interactive stories featuring simple lessons for a happy life, Cosmic Kids Yoga offers 20-minute adventures that are fun to do with your kids that build strength, balance and confidence – and get kids into yoga early. Try the triple space adventure, 3 space-based kids yoga adventures for triple the fun (my kids LOVE doing this with me)!
- Fitness Blender.
The Fitness Blender channel offers over 450 free full length workout videos for being active at home with new videos added every week. Created by the husband and wife team of Daniel and Kelli, Fitness Blender doesn’t believe in gimmicks and the only thing they endorse is working out for a strong, healthy body. Try their relaxing stretching workout for stiff muscles and stress reliefthat you can do at home or at the office!
Through her awesome YouTube videos, Tamara Grand teaches us that fitness is not just about looking great in skinny jeans, it’s about feeling strong, more energetic and more confident in our own skin. Her easy to follow FatBlaster Friday workouts are sure to add 8 minutes of fun to your day. Try the 8 minute FatBlaster interval workoutfor a no excuses whole body workout!
- The Balanced Life with Robin Long.
If you’re motivated by positivity, Robin Long is your girl! Her beginner Pilates videos are very easy to follow. In these videos she touches on important Pilates principles and applies them in short Pilates workouts. Great for all levels! Try her Full Body Workoutplaylist for a quick 25 minute session targeting abs, buns, arms and back.
For me, the first step in being motivated to workout at home was to start getting used to sweating at home. These 6 YouTube channels really helped me to reach that level of comfort. Give them a try and let me know if you like them!
What’s your favourite home workout?
Do you stream workouts from YouTube? If yes, what are your favourite channels?
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