Best Resources for Home Workouts

With gyms and fitness studios across the United States closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a lot of resources to help keep active during this time of social distancing.

With gyms and fitness studios across the United States closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a lot of resources to help keep active during this time of social distancing. Many gyms across the country are posting videos on social media or live-streaming classes, and downloadable resources have a number of excellent workouts available from certified fitness instructors available with a library card in a range of formats.

The following videos, streaming music, and magazines may be available for free through your library or for purchase through YouTube, Spotify, or your favorite streaming video service.

DIGITAL VIDEO
Gaiam: Cardio Burn Kickbox
Kickboxing is a cardio exercise that can be done with no equipment, which makes it an option for those looking for a high-intensity workout. This full-body workout begins with a yoga warmup, and requires a little bit of space to do the moves.

Gaiam: Flow Yoga for Beginners
Gaiam is a well-respected and popular yoga company with a wide variety of instructional videos. This one takes users through the popular flow yoga, also known as vinyasa yoga.

Jillian Michaels: 10 Minute Body Transformation
Personal trainer and tv personality Michaels has a number of collections available, and this one is ideal for those trying to squeeze in a quick workout. Throughout the workout, there are options to modify based on skill level.

Pilates Essentials
Certified Pilates instructor Lindsey Jackson takes viewers through an hour-long class designed for both beginners and those with pilates experience. For each move, there are variations depending on comfort level.

EBOOKS
Breathe Slower Deeper BetterBreathe Slower, Deeper, Better by Yael Bloch & Cléo Werhlin
Breathing is the foundation of any exercise routine. This book, a simple illustrated guide on learning how to breathe properly, will assist whether you are meditating, practicing yoga, or doing any other exercise routine.

Better Stretching by Joe Yoon
Yoon takes readers through better stretching techniques. The book contains three 30-day plans that require just nine minutes a day of stretching, which is a good way to fit in a stretch, whether working from home or homeschooling

Exercises for Sciatica by William Smith & Wazim Buksh
The newest book released in the Exercises For series has exercises designed for those who live with sciatica. Each exercise has a detailed explanation and pictures to help follow along.

Run to the FinishRun to the Finish by Amanda Brooks
The running book market may seem flooded; however, this book stands out with helpful advice. Recommended for any readers interested in learning more about running and consider themselves a "middle of the pack" runner.

RBG Workout by Bryant Johnson
Johnson goes through Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's exercise routine with amazing illustrations and explanations of the exercises. This is a fun book that contains options for using a gym, but also modifications for home workouts.

DIGITAL MUSIC
Country Workout vol. 1 & vol. 2
These collections are excellent compilations of recent fast-paced country hits. These collections will appeal to people who like more pop country than classic country music fans. Artists featured include Taylor Swift, Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line.

DIGITAL MAGAZINES
Men’s Health & Women’s Health
These magazines are available on a number of digital platforms. They typically feature quick workouts in each edition that can be done at home with minimal equipment, which makes them a helpful resource for working out at home.

Yoga Journal
Each edition of the comprehensive magazine features a section called "The Practice," which explains different poses with accompanying photographs. There are modifications for the exercises, which makes a beneficial read for people of all levels.

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