As a result of the pandemic, people across the globe were forced to get fit at home and it caught on like wildfire. Home fitness equipment purchases surged, doubling in revenue from March to October 2020, and studios shifted to at-home streaming to keep their client base (and their businesses) healthy during the stay-at-home season. Projections indicate that many people won’t return to the gym, so let’s look at some of the most effective ways to get fit at home.

Exercise equipment

From Peloton bikes to treadmills, home exercise equipment was a hot commodity in 2020. Demand for the popular bike increased revenue to $758 million, a 232 percent increase over the previous year. Treadmills were equally popular as sales soared 135 percent and depleted inventories. The appealing combination of live community and personal bests made live classes a popular way to get fit at home for some while others enjoyed the solitude of a great playlist streaming in their ears. These will continue to be popular options in the year to come.

Workout DVD’s

As a forerunner in the industry, Beachbody has been helping people get fit at home since 1998. Creating household names of many of their trainers with workouts like P90X, Insanity, and 21 Day Fix, Beachbody packs a punch with their structured workout programs. With options for beginners to highly advanced workout enthusiasts, Beachbody programs deliver results through their science based programming and eliminates the decision-making process that derails many from building a consistent exercise habit. The best at-home workout program for you will depend on your goals and fitness level.    

Streaming services

Whether you enjoy the community aspect and energy of a live class or prefer to exercise in solitude, streaming services are another effective way to get fit at home. Subscription services like The Daily Burn connect you with others for live workout motivation or on-demand training, while LesMills workouts exclusively provide on-demand options to fit your time and schedule. No matter your time or budget, there’s an option for you. 

App-based workouts

While fitness trackers have been around for years, AppleFitness+ changed the game with the release of their AppleWatch connected workouts at the end of last year. Combining integrated wearable technology and tracking with streamed workouts, AppleFitness makes the workout experience simple. From body weight exercises to cardio workouts on the treadmill, rowing machine, or bike, AppleFitness+ offers a variety of ways to get fit at home with fresh releases each week that are accessible for all fitness levels and ages. 

No equipment options

If you have a tight budget and still want to get fit at home, body weight exercises are a time-tested way to improve your physical fitness and emotional wellbeing. Basic exercises like squats, push-ups, lunges, and crunches require no equipment to build strength. Running and walking can be done outside to build cardio endurance or on stairs in your home or workplace if you prefer. Using your body and a few household items like basketballs, cans, or a chair are all you need to work out at home

There’s no shortage of ideas for how to get fit at home. Our list is a great place to start if you’re looking to get started with at-home workouts or shake things up with something new.