Did you know that just 15 minutes of vigorous activity can reduce depression risk by around 26 per cent? Exercise is believed to be one of the easiest ways to care for both your physical and mental health, but for those who can barely handle a monthly streaming subscription, having a gym membership can seem like a faraway dream.
Thanks to the internet, working out doesn’t have to be an expensive habit anymore; instead, it can just be you jumping to your favourite bangers. Here are a few videos you can check out this Mental Health Week on how to make exercising work at home.
MADFIT’S BILLIE EILISH – ‘BAD GUY’ WORKOUT
This Billie Eilish hit has been everywhere this year, even knocking ‘Old Town Road’ off the top of the charts after its 19 week streak. You’ve seen the memes, now do the full body workout to be the fittest ‘bad guy’ you can be. If you’re not feeling Billie Eilish, MadFit has done routines to other popular songs by Camila Cabello, BTS, and more.
BLOGILATES’ ICONIC POP PILATES FOR BEGINNERS
Cassey Ho’s Blogilates has been spreading body positivity and pilates fever online since 2009, and she’s now considered to be the number one fitness instructor on YouTube. POP Pilates is her own brand of energetic, choreographed pilates that’s taken the internet by storm; this beginner’s workout is one of those videos that kicked the craze off.
YOGA WITH ADRIENE’S YOGA FOR ANXIETY AND STRESS
Exercise isn’t just about getting your heart rate up — it can also be about relaxing your body and mind. Yoga With Adriene creates routines that will fill whatever specific needs you have (‘Yoga for PTSD’, ‘Yoga for Travel’, and even ‘Yoga for Musicians’). In this video, Adriene introduces some breathing and body techniques that will help you get through those panicky student experiences.
If you’re sick of doing the same lunges and squats over and over again, try picking up a simple skipping rope and doing this quick, low-impact workout by Jump Rope Dudes. While it’s an easy introduction to jump rope as an exercise tool, they also have a bunch of other videos suiting different skill levels if you want to learn more.
You might’ve seen the Fitness Marshall’s viral Meghan Trainor dance routine that the singer herself retweeted in 2014. He’s known to inject a burst of character into his videos, and this Justin Timberlake workout is particularly notable for embracing male bodies that aren’t just muscular and slim, and encouraging men to find the joy in the dancing. Plus, seeing everyone having so much fun is guaranteed to make you crack a smile.