This winter it’s expected that many gyms will remain closed, in-person group fitness classes will remain off-limits and shelter-in-place orders will come and go. So trudging to the gym for an hour on the elliptical may no longer be an option. More than anything else, it will require creativity to be healthy and fit.
While services from Peloton and Mirror have seen massive growth since the pandemic began, there are plenty of other options, too. If your packed schedule of remote work and distance learning has you feeling like don’t have time to exercise, celebrity trainer and nutritionist Harley Pasternak invites you to think again.
“Add in movement wherever, whenever and however possible,” he tells TIME. “Don’t look at the one-hour at-home workout class you do five times a week as your only opportunity to work out—make sure you’re adding in movement throughout the day as well. Whether doing calf raises on a call, a five-minute resistance training circuit in between meetings or doing a family walk at the end of a day packed with work-from-home and learn-from-home, every step you take makes a difference.”
If you’ve spent 2020 on the couch (no judgment!) but hope to start moving in the New Year, start small. “Start with a 10 or 15-minute workout,” says Dr. Kate Ayoub, a physical therapist and health coach with Own Your Movement. “If you are in the mood, you can keep going, but give yourself permission to check the box if you complete 15-minutes.”
Ready to sweat? Here’s some ideas for the best at-home workout gear, equipment, apps and online-based workouts: