By: Melissa McDonough RD, CSSD
In most parts of the country, it’s winter. Hibernation mode is in full force and most of the time we’d rather stay at home than layer up and head outside. Unless you’re lucky enough to have access to abundant land (and snow) for snow-shoeing or find yourself loving the slopes, exercise during the winter can prove difficult at times.
Whether you want to save money by not paying for a gym membership or you’d just rather work out in the privacy of your home, technology is allowing us to bring the trainer home for less money per month than one training session! Check out our favorite websites, apps, and pieces of equipment (for all budgets!)
Nike Training Club: For men and women alike. Select your fitness level, what you’d like to work on, and how much time you have. The app is free and new workouts are added frequently. Also try: Nike+ Run Club for guidance on running a 5K all the way up to a marathon.
Aaptiv: This app features on-demand fitness classes through audio cues. Whether you want to get on your home treadmill and be guided through a workout or you’d prefer to have a body weight training workout, this app is for you. Costs up to $9.99 per month.
Jillian Michaels App: You will receive a 5 minute (that’s right, just 5 minutes) daily workout, interactive customized workouts, and even workout programs that will guide you for up to 90 days! The paid version even has meal plans. Costs $3.99 per month.
YogaGlo: Yoga studios can be expensive – wonderful – but expensive. Bring the yoga studio home with YogaGlo. $18 per month with a free trial period.
FitFusion: Featuring your favorite trainers, this on-demand fitness class site has classes that range from yoga to boot camp. Available for $9.99 per month with a 2 week free trial.
Daily Burn: On-demand fitness classes featuring trainers like Bob Harper. Stream on your tablet, computer, or TV. They offer a 30 day free trial and monthly memberships are currently $14.95 per month.
Peloton: If you love indoor cycling but the class times never work for you, Peloton might be a great fit. When you purchase the stationary bike, you also have access the on-demand and live cycling classes. Already have a bike at home? Then try the app for classes!
TRX: You won’t need a bunch of weights lying around with a TRX suspension system. Also, download their app for guided workouts.