18 January 2015

Lifestyle | Best Fitness Channels

Can you believe how quickly January is going by? It seems like a yesterday we were all setting out our goals and resolutions for the year, many of which consisted of getting down to the gym or generally getting fit. How are all your fitness resolutions going? I hope you guys have been sticking with it the best that you can and don't give up if you've had days when you've found it more difficult than others - it's much easier to keep going with it if you approach it in little steps rather than throwing yourself in at the deep end. It's the way I approached it last year and now I look forward to going to the gym and trying out different classes, it feels much better to stick with something than feel guilty for not doing so. Of course you don't need a gym membership to get fit and even if you do have a membership there might be days where you don't want to leave the house so with these handy links bookmarked you'll have no excuse! You can do it in the comfort of your own living room, and unlike the gym you can choose to blast out music to your hearts desire (nothing like a bit of Shake It Off to get you motivated). So for those of you that would prefer home workouts, I thought I'd put together my top five channels that you can work out to without spending a penny - get those mats out! 

1. Yoga With Adriene - This channel is great for anyone who loves yoga, and whether you know your stuff, want to use it to lose weight or are just wanting to start out, there will be something for you here or on the website to help you connect with your body. The videos are super easy to follow and I find myself wanting to go back to them over and over again - especially on days when I somehow don't manage to make it to the 8 o'clock yoga class...oops!

2. Blogilates - This is a channel that most people seem to have heard of if they do workouts online, and there is even a website with recipes and other fitness ideas to help you out. If anyone can motivate you from inside a computer screen, it's Cassey. She actually makes you feel like you can do it and not want to give up halfway through which is amazing considering some of them are killer! They range from all body workouts to targeting your abs, arms, you name it - she's probably done it. A great channel that I find myself going to when I want to do a quick workout or if I need some routine inspiration to take to the gym with me. 

3. Fitness Blender - I really like the way this channel has full length workout videos that can actually count for an entire session, as some channels can consist of smaller workouts that you can put together with others - with this one it's all there in the video you click on. On the website there are always ways to make it customisable and tailor workouts and even meal plans to suit your needs and targets, and you can track your progress too. Daniel and Kelli are for sure an inspirational pair!

4. Pop Sugar - This one consists of slightly more random videos, rather than the others where you can expect full routines and workout plans, this one is where you'll most likely find things like 'bikini body' workouts or '5 minute blasts' for those who don't have time on their side. It's also good for tips relating to eating habits and generally more lifestyle related.

5. Be Fit - Lastly is this absolute gem which out of all of them, reminds me a lot of the kind of workouts I do in my gym classes. It has a bit of everything, from yoga to strength training to working out with weights and it features different people so it's good for those of you who like to change things up regularly, if on the other hand you want to become comfortable with the same person and consistent methods, then 1-3 are more up your alley.

I hope this post has helped you guys find some useful new tools for your fitness journey and do let me know what your targets are/what you're hoping to achieve this year -I'd love to know how it's going. Speak to you soon! 
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