The Best Free Workout + Wellness Classes To Do At Home
When you’re working from home it’s easy to get stuck in a rut as your exercise is pretty much just walking from your desk to the kitchen and back again.
If you no longer have your regular work commute it’s important to fit exercise and mindfulness into your day.
Take a lunch break and start a workout regime at home, for free, with our pick of online home workouts and wellness activities you can do with your phone, tablet or laptop.
Keep things interesting and do one workout from each instructor then go back to the beginning to help keep your mind and body engaged.
The best free online home workout classes:
Jessica has been a physical therapist and pilates instructor for over 16 years. Her experience really shows as she offers ample modifications and workouts catering to all sorts of injuries.
With a special focus on pre and post-natal workouts, Jessica has a plan for each stage of pregnancy as well as specific issues, like sciatica, pelvic floor weakness, and even IVF.
Those looking for a Pilates-based core blasting workout can step it up with her muscle-shaking plank workouts.
If you’re looking for workouts when you’re working from home and time is short but you still want a full-body session (that only takes 10 quick minutes), try her “Pilates HIIT Workout” to feel the burn.
When we are ready to get some serious sweating in, BodyFit by Amy is where we end up. Her workouts range from 10 to 45 minutes long but pack a serious punch.
Even her BabyFit by Amy series proves that not all prenatal workouts need to be gentle.
Amy shows us how we can still work out with a baby strapped to our chest, with “8-minute Mommy and Me Cardio” workouts.
Her “Body Blast” leaves no muscle behind.
The luxury yoga brand’s YouTube channel has carved out a special place in our hearts.
Offering both full-length 60-minute classes as well as 5-minute how-to videos, the Alo Yoga Channel seems to calm us as soon as we click on it.
Our current favourite is their 7 Days of Gratitude series, full of 30-minute yoga classes that both challenge and relax us.
Their 30-minute prenatal flow seemed to help us find some untapped energy and the Kids’ Yoga and Meditation series seems to hit the ‘reset’ button on cranky children.
Jessica Smith’s workouts seem to drop all the frills and just get it done. With 20 years of experience as a certified wellness coach, trainer, and instructor, Jessica has hundreds of workouts posted on her YouTube channel.
Each session offers enough variety so you never feel like you’re doing the same thing twice.
Featuring just her and her sidekick, Peanut the French Bulldog, Jessica’s exercises are sorted by time, style, or activity.
We couldn’t have been more excited to find her crunch-free “8 Minute Total Body Belly Fat Burn”.
On mornings when we feel like we never slept at all, Jessica’s “12-Minute Low Impact Cardio Blast” gave us the energy boost we needed to make it through the day.
Fitness and mommy blogger, Sarah, brings some of our favourite prenatal HIIT workouts.
She manages to be sweet and relatable, even as she’s convincing us to keep going. As a mom, Sarah knows we don’t have a lot of time, so her workouts focus on being quick, but effective.
Her arm slimming exercises had us feeling a serious burn, packing a lot of work into 4 minutes. Sarah’s inner thigh and glute workout can totally be done while hanging out on the floor with the kids.
Everyone who does CrossFit talks endlessly about CrossFit so see what the fuss is all about via their website. No kettlebells required.
Jo is currently pregnant so her workouts are perfect for those new to exercise, with child, and/or those who don’t want anything too strenuous. Look further into her archives for harder workouts.
Choose from 20, 45 and 75-minute Vinyasa yoga classes.
A variety of free classes including Yoga for runners and gentle Pilates.
While we’re still allowed outside for an hour a day, why not gradually work your way up to running 5k. This free app from the NHS is an oldie but a goodie.
We’ve also rounded up some wellness apps and other platforms you can use during those few free moments you have during the day.
Choose from more than 30,000 guided meditations (including some for kids).
Take out a 90-day free trial of fitness app Peloton for thousands of studio-style classes including yoga, boot camp and cardio.
Check out a small selection for free mindfulness resources and meditations, including a section for children, sleep and body exercises.
Adult colouring in
Visit JustColor.net for more than 1,500 free adult drawings to print off and colour in.
Sign up for a free three month trial at Skillshare and learn skills like drawing, painting and Instagram photography.
Choose from over 1,000 free courses on Open University.
Guidance from the experts on how to make the most of your garden, no matter the size.
Free Power Plate Based Exercises
This isn’t technically free as you have to invest in a Power Plate (prices start at £1399), but after that initial investment, you download the free app for hours of workout content.
The app contains workouts around physiotherapy, weight training, balance, joint strength, rehabilitation, yoga and pilates.
A smorgasbord of free online events including ‘How To Keep Your Kitten Healthy’, flower arranging and cooking classes.
What are your favourite online home workout and wellness classes?