If 2018 was all about hygge, the Danish art of being cozy at home, then 2019 is about staying at home and getting fit. Just like curling up with a good book and a warm fire is good for the soul, exercise and the accompanying endorphins are good for your body and mind.
Intrigued? With the recent influx of new and exciting Silicon Valley-backed fitness brands, how do you choose which program to invest in? Read on to discover some at-home fitness options we are excited about.
Meet Tonal, an entire gym on your wall that saves space and looks great. Not only does it provide a complete full-body workout from the convenience of your home, but the screen also provides step-by-step instructions, coaching, classes, and programs based on your goals. Tonal’s high-tech intelligence combines digital weight with adjustable arms to pack 200 pounds of resistance. It really is an entire gym in your own home.
If you want to channel your inner vampire slayer, FightCamp is for you. It offers a full studio boxing gym in your own home with on-demand workouts that you can stream on a nearby TV or device. It’s compact and mobile, taking up just 8’ x 4’ of your room and can be adjusted to 6’ x 4’. The kit includes FightCamp Trackers that are placed in your gloves, allowing the device to track and display your punch volume, speed, and output in real time.
Peloton was ahead of the game with their cycling bike and is proving to be a real game changer for at-home fitness, especially with the addition of bootcamp classes with their new treadmill, the Tread. Bootcamp offerings allow for full-body training with classes alternating between cardio on the Tread and strength workouts. The best thing about owning a Peloton? You can stream their classes, which include floor work, stretching, and even yoga classes, on any device.
Mirror is a versatile and unique interactive home gym that offers an array of training and classes. When it’s turned off, it’s simply a beautiful full-length mirror. Turn it on, and you’ll see yourself, your instructor, and your workout metrics. All you need is space for a yoga mat and you can do cardio, weight, yoga, and boxing classes on-demand from their New York City studio in any room of your home.
I don’t think it is possible to watch the video above and not want to join in. The AKT method combines choreographed dancing with cross-training to offer a 360-degree lifestyle approach. Their new app allows you to stream at-home classes — all you need is space to move! With great music and fun cardio, this at-home program is a great way to work out that doesn’t require a big investment in equipment.
Now that you’re inspired to have fun and get fit before swimsuit season hits, remember the keys to a successful fitness plan:
1. Start slowly and don’t overcommit or you’ll burn yourself out.
2. It takes at least two weeks just to begin feeling the positive results of a new fitness routine. Keep at it!
3. Don’t try to accompany your new fitness approach with trendy diets and cleanses. Adjust your diet to focus on whole grains, protein, good fats, and less sugar for longevity and energy to fuel your new workout regimen.
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Macaire Douglas lives in Chicago with her husband and two sons. She proudly supports Share Our Spare, a local nonprofit that collects goods for children in need.