The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends getting your body moving at least 150 minutes per week. It does not have to be strenuous activity. Just simply get up and move. With virtual fitness being a new trend, it has become easier to find ways to get in simple, easy workouts. The AHA offers many fitness resources, including information on fitness basics, getting active, and staying motivated.
Between social media and a variety of fitness apps out there, it has become very easy to find virtual workouts. Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube are three big sites to keep in mind. Many fitness influencers will post their daily workouts with instructions on how to do the exercises. Some will even post beginner workouts for those who are unsure about where to start. These workouts can be altered for use at home, the gym, wherever it needs to be done. And these are all quick and easy resources that are free!
FitOn is an app that also provides free workouts from many different trainers. From cardio and strength training to mobility and meditation, they have it all. This would be a great source if you are not sure where to start your fitness journey. All the workouts provide the time it will take to complete as well as the intensity level, so you know what you are getting into beforehand. They even have quite a few workouts that you can do from your desk at work! The MU Extension also has a great five-minute mindfulness exercise you do at your desk if you need to take a quick breather.
These quick and easy resources make it easier for someone with a busy schedule to get a workout in during lunch, at home before or after dinner. This may be easier than trying to make time to get to the gym before or after work or attending a workout class. These resources also provide quick, easy, healthy meal options. Many of the fitness influencers on social media will share meals they make throughout the week, including the recipes and step-by-step instructions.
Utilizing these free resources can be a great way to kick start for your fitness journey!
Always consult your physician before starting an exercise program.
Kaitlyn Collins, Health Promotions and Wellness Intern
Missouri Southern State University