The Best Online Workout Videos to Help You Stay Fit Without Freezing This Winter
Do the cold and snow tempt you to trade in your running shoes for time on the couch? The winter months, with their short days and weak sunlight, can leave us feeling sluggish. But exercise boosts our feel-good serotonin levels and immune system, helping to ward off winter blues and flus alike. If you made a New Year’s resolution to move more but you can’t get to the gym and you don’t have a pile of winter technical gear, you can get a healthy sweat on at home with streaming online fitness videos. We’ve researched some of the most popular programs and give you our recommendations for staying fit no matter what the weather brings outside.
A humble handrail has been the secret of ballet dancers to build strength, precision and flexibility since classical ballet was developed in the 19th century. Today, barre workouts combine ballet’s exercises with movement therapy, yoga and Pilates-type movements. Barre3 is one of the most prolific barre workout options available today, with more than 140 franchises in over 98 countries and celebrities like Madonna among its clients. Barre3 aims to help people of all fitness levels build strength and flexibility as well as reduce stress and cultivate mindfulness. There’s an extensive online option as well, so location and weather don’t have to stop you from channeling your inner ballerina.
TYPE: Full-body workout combining strength, cardio and mindfulness.
WORKOUT LENGTH: Ranges from 10 to 60-minute videos, with most at the 30-minute mark.
DEVICES: Desktop, smartphone, tablet, Google Chromecast and Apple TV
EQUIPMENT NEEDED: All workouts can be done without equipment. However, Barre3 recommends resistance bands, exercise balls, yoga straps, hand-held weights, core sliders and/or a chair or table.
COST: Free for 15 days, then $29 US/month.
Daily Burn has some of the best variety you’ll find online with literally thousands of classes to choose from—including cardio, yoga, muscle strengthening, Pilates, barre, HIIT, kickboxing, and stretching. You can also opt for preset workouts such as “Black Fire” with “The Biggest Loser” host Bob Harper, or search by trainer (their roster includes Cody Storey, Eitan Kramer, JR Rogers, Andrea Speir, and Louis Van Amstel). Daily Burn 365, a 30-minute class livestreamed every morning at 9am EST, keeps every day’s workout fresh and features guests like Brooke Burns, Nigel Barker, and Taye Diggs. Other offerings include a personalized plan based on your fitness levels and goals, audio-based workouts that you can enjoy without needing to watch a screen, and an online community to keep you engaged. You can also track your progress, such as duration of exercise, calories burned, and completed workouts, on Daily Burn’s calendar.
TYPE: All types.
WORKOUT LENGTH: Ranges from 5 to 60 minutes.
DEVICES: Web, smartphones, tablets, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Chromecast.
EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Varies. Daily Burn 365 does not require equipment. Many other classes are equipment-free, but to get the most out of all classes you may wish to have a yoga mat, free weights, resistance bands, medicine ball, or kettlebell on hand.
COST: Free for 30 days, then $19.95 US/month.
The Ready State
Tap into the same secret that Crossfitters, weightlifters and Olympic athletes rely on for injury prevention and healthy movement: the smart mobility expertise of physical therapist and bestselling author (“Becoming a Supple Leopard”, “Ready to Run” and “Deskbound”) Kelly Starrett. His website, formerly known as MobilityWOD and now The Ready State (TRS), co-founded with his wife Juliet Starrett, is an authoritative source for functional mobility, injury prevention and rehabilitation. Starrett designed TRS to help you move with ease, jump into a game, or run for a taxi without restriction or pain. It offers hundreds of videos and personalized recommendations through the Virtual Mobility Coach. You can also ask Starrett your questions directly in regular online Q&A, and connect with other members in a community forum.
TYPE: Customized mobility coaching, pre- and post-workout exercise videos, and tips for physical, mental, emotional and social health.
WORKOUT LENGTH: Ranges from 10 to 30 minutes.
DEVICES: Web, smartphone, Apple TV, or Chromecast.
EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Plan to use lacrosse balls, a foam roller, and/or a jump stretch band.