Online fitness programs to try if you want to avoid the gym during COVID-19.

Posted: 20 March 2020 4:13 pm
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If you're considering cancelling or freezing your gym membership, these programs can help you stay active.

As the world grapples with the growing number of Coronavirus cases, many Australians have already begun social distancing and self-isolating.

As a result, some offices have closed down, concerts have been cancelled and all indoor activities of over 100 people are banned. This means that many Aussies may be considering cancelling or freezing their gym memberships amid the concern for their health.

Even though COVID-19 has not been shown to spread through sweat, it can thrive in the humid environment of a public gym and last on surfaces for extended periods of time.

Given that a lot of us are expected to be practising social distancing and staying indoors, we may see an increasing number of Australians using online fitness programs to stay active.

There is no shortage of online fitness programs out there, so you can easily find one that suits your lifestyle and fitness goals. Whether you want to find your zen with yoga, pump it up with a HIIT circuit or build muscle with a tailored upper-body workout, there really is something for everyone.

Many of these programs charge a fee but there are some training apps and online fitness gurus giving free trials for people who want to try it out first.

Finder has compared 50 online fitness programs across a range of styles to help find which programs offer free trials, the regular prices and whether you can complete your workout from the comfort of your own home.

You also don't need to invest in expensive and bulky items like a cycle bike or treadmill for these programs either. Many of these programs don't require any equipment but you could also consider getting a few small items to help mix up your workouts.

Look for more basic and more affordable pieces of equipment, such as resistance bands, a skipping rope, yoga mat, and dumbbells or kettlebells. These will help to keep your workout interesting and are common items used in many online fitness programs.

These are super easy to store and it means that once this global pandemic is over you won't be stuck with large and expensive exercise equipment that you can't store in your home.

If you're a social butterfly, you could try signing up for a free trial with a friend. It could be a fun way to socialise with a friend (even if from afar) and add a layer of challenge to your workout.

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