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These Workout Essentials Are Keeping Me Sane During Self-Isolation
Even though hair salons, restaurants, and fitness centers are closed due to the novel coronavirus, I'm doing everything I can to keep my life as normal as possible while social distancing. One thing I can always count on is exercise, which is why I want to share what I'm doing to stay healthy and happy at home.
How to Stay Mentally and Physically Healthy at Home
Due to the temporary closure of fitness studios and gyms, it can be difficult to keep up with your usual exercise habits during isolation. Beyond that, disrupting your regular daily routine can take a major toll on your mental health, especially during times of uncertainty. Thankfully, I've mastered completing feel-good workouts in my living room for about a year now, enabling myself to keep my spirits up during weeks of quarantine.
My secret to staying sane? An online membership with Fit For Me by Courtney, which allows me to stream impactful and enjoyable workout videos right from my laptop (and as of April 2, through an app on my smartphone). In search of at-home workouts to accomplish in my own time, this fitness program entered my life at this time last year and has become a substantial part of my regimen ever since.
From 20–40-minute toning Pilates and barre sessions to quick yet effective 10-minute arm, ab, and booty burners, Fit For Me by Courtney online workout videos not only make me break a sweat but also make me feel happier and healthier altogether. I've found these low-impact exercises get me excited to work out, fill me with good energy, and eliminate the post-workout hunger spike I sometimes get after HIIT or runs, leading to a more sustainable lifestyle overall.
What's more, you don't need a lot of space or equipment to do these exercises, and the memberships are totally affordable. Plus, you can even choose a free seven day trial to make sure it's a good fit. Ready to turn your space into a mini fitness studio? Keep scrolling to explore the exercise equipment I use during Fit For Me by Courtney workout videos.
Lululemon Yoga Mat
An essential to at-home workouts, this mat has been the key to my success. I've used cheap yoga mats in the past that left imprints from both my hands and feet in addition to becoming super slippery by the end of a sweat sesh. A few months ago, I finally decided to invest in a durable version and purchased a Lululemon mat. With a quality design that provides tons of cushioned support and grip, this must-have pick keeps me comfortable throughout my entire workout. Plus, its thickness is perfect for ab and booty exercises when I'm on my back or knees. ($78; lululemon.com)
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At first glance, three-pound weights might seem too light to see results, but when used during Fit For Me by Courtney's workout videos, they make a huge difference. To develop lean and toned muscles, it's not about the number of reps or amount of weight you can lift, it's about the quality of your form and creating long lines of energy through your body movements. Not only are these dumbbells great for full-body workouts, they are also a great tool to use to squeeze in a quick arm workout while you wait for dinner to cook or watch your favorite show. (from $18; amazon.com)
We all know how important it is to stay hydrated all day long and even more so during exercise. Although I love to sip water through an eco-friendly straw while I work from home, my water bottle of choice for exercise is this pretty pink find from Target. Between its durable stainless steel construction, insulation to keep drinks cool, and a perfectly sized opening for a quick chug, this under-$20 cotton candy-colored beauty is a winner. ($17; target.com)
If you're like me, lately you've been wearing leggings more than you'd probably like to admit. Add a fresh pair into your rotation that will keep you comfy while lounging around the house but most importantly hug your curves and stay up while exercising. There's no better fit than a pair of leggings with a high waistband, which is exactly why these Zella ones are my faves. Plus, its moisture-wicking material keeps you feeling your best while working up a sweat. ($59; nordstrom.com)
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Medium-Support Sports Bra
As a woman with a larger chest, I'm very particular about sports bras. For Pilates and barre workouts, I always reach for a medium-impact support sports bra to hold everything in place yet still feel comfortable. Fit For Me by Courtney's low-impact workouts don't require a lot of cardio, allowing me to go for a more relaxed fit as opposed to a high-support sports bra I'd wear on a run. ($38; nike.com)
An optional workout prop, these ankle weights are a simple yet affordable way to kick your routine up a notch. Each one weighs 2.5 pounds, providing the right amount of intensity to safely challenge your body. These weights come in handy especially during booty exercises, like donkey kicks and fire hydrants, to really feel the burn. ($22, usually $25; kohls.com)
Loop Resistance Bands
Another way to take things to the next level is by adding resistance bands into exercises. This set of three features different levels of resistance, including ultra-light, light, and medium, giving you the freedom to choose your intensity. From time to time, I like to leave mine at the top of my mat and then incorporate them into the workout videos when possible, such as during booty and arm exercises or leg lifts. ($18; dickssportinggoods.com)