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6 YouTube channels to follow for your fitness fix

No gym subscription? No problem!

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Want to start working on your fitness habit but don’t have the time or resources to go to the gym? Or maybe you want something new to supplement your regular workout schedule? There’s a ton of free content out there on YouTube, and if you’re like me, who sometimes just isn’t in the mood to step out of the house, it’s a lifesaver.

Building an exercise habit can be intimidating, but discovering the kinds of workouts that motivate you to get up and move make the process so much easier. Here are six channels that can help!  

Fitness Blender

Run by husband and wife team Daniel and Kelli, the Fitness Blender hosts full-length workout videos with varying degrees of difficulty. Videos are shot on a plain white background for maximum clarity and they include a timer and calorie count per exercise to make it easier to follow along. The best parts of the channel are the workouts that include a warm up and cool down — great for people that tend to forget about these essential steps during sessions.

THENX

Looking to build strength and bigger muscles? Chris Heria of THENX specializes in calisthenics workouts, which are focused on bodyweight training. Think powerful, explosive moves with great form and exercises using bars, rings, and parallettes. His channel works best as a supplement to your regular routine, and even better if you have access to equipment, but he has a number of pure no-equipment bodyweight videos that are just brutal — in a good way! For those interested in getting into calisthenics or those looking to improve the skills they already have, his channel’s your bet.

Yoga With Adriene

Whether you already have a regular yoga practice or are looking to begin your journey, Yoga with Adriene is there for you. All levels of yoga (yep, even kids’ yoga) and many themes are represented here. Yoga for scoliosis? She’s got it. Yoga for those with weak knees? Covered. Yoga routines customized for teachers, golfers, runners, swimmers, office workers with desk jobs… all there. Whether you need to refresh yourself in the morning or need a pick-me-up after a stressful day, tune in to Adriene’s relaxing voice and clear instructions to center your body and mind.

Tone It Up

Tone it Up’s channel looks a little different from the others on this list. That’s because it’s not just a fitness channel, but a lifestyle hub geared specifically to women who love the beach. The channel is famous for its focus on getting you the bikini body you want through HIIT-based workouts, but it’s grown to also encompass beauty tutorials, meal prep tips, inspiration, vlogs, and Q&A’s. Karena and Katrina have also been featured in a number of both print and digital magazines, reaching out to women the world over.

The Fitness Marshall

Not a fan of regular gym workouts and want a different approach to cardio? Dance! Caleb Marshall (aka the Fitness Marshall), has a relentless — and let’s face it, hilarious — energy that will get you smiling through his slew of choreographed workouts to the most popular hits. Each video lasts the length of a song, so you can pick out your favorite ones for a short warmup or choose to do his Workout of the Week playlist, which collects several for up to an hour of cardio.

Blogilates

The one thing you need to know about Cassey Ho is that she somehow never stops talking even in the middle of an intense Blogilates workout. She’s bright, bubbly, and a good distraction for when you’re sweating all over your mat. Her channel focuses on Pilates workouts that usually need no equipment, and she also has a series with her own spin on HIIT — with Pilates incorporated into the intense interval training. If you’re looking after your overall health too, she provides recipes for clean eating and is a great proponent of building confidence and body positivity.

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Peloton vs excuses: Mind tricks that can help you squeeze in a workout

For those struggling to keep a routine

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If anyone tells you that having a personal gym at home will remove all barriers to working out, they’re lying.

The Peloton bike packs an insane amount of tech that should help me stay on track, so I should have no excuses not to exercise, right? With it I can do live and on-demand spin classes, strength training, yoga, even meditation and sleep courses. Having it at home also means not needing to make time to travel to the gym. And yet, despite all of this, I still find reasons to shun fitness on the daily.

If you’re like me who typically gets a good week of workouts and then hits a slump when life happens, I’ve compiled some tips that you might find useful. Here are some ways I tricked myself into working out more regularly whenever I struggle to do classes on my Peloton.

Find the time that makes sense for you

After doing your workouts for a while, take note of when you enjoy it the most. For me, sweating it out in the morning works best. If I tell myself that I’ll workout later in the day, it just never happens. I’m just not someone who enjoys exercising in the afternoon or evening as much.

Make it habit

While some people make plans, I just tell myself that I’ll work out everyday and figure it out later.

Peloton has workouts that are as short as 10 or 15 minutes. Even when pressed for time, 15 minutes is just that — 15 minutes. 

Those days I end up not exercising I would just consider recovery days. Our muscles need time to rest after all.

Take a scenic ride

Another trick I do is telling myself to do 10 minutes of a scenic ride. This is an option on the bike if you don’t feel like doing a class. You can ride at your own pace while the monitor shows beautiful landscapes and cities.

What usually happens when I do this is I end up doing an additional 10 minutes of arm workout. Often, I’ll feel warmed up and ready for a regular class afterwards.

Warming up at my own pace without any pressure to perform gets me in the right mindset to actually do a full workout. There are lots of other warm up rides available, too, but they’re usually pretty tough. Picking something that has no pressure eases me in.

Low impact doesn’t mean low effort

When I discovered the low impact ride, I wondered why I hadn’t been doing them all along.

I’m an old lady, or at least my body feels that way. I’ve gotten injured a few times riding the bike: the tendonitis in my thumb flared up, and the muscles that aren’t used to being used so much protested.

You still get a great workout when you choose low impact, but you’ll never achieve a personal best — and that’s perfectly okay.

Put the leaderboad away

Now we’re going to dip into the tech side of things. The leaderboard pushes you to get your personal best, which is great. But when I don’t want to work out, I’ll tell myself that a 45min class will be more doable if I take the leaderboard away. As a competitive person, I always get horrified at my performance when I check it because I don’t push myself nearly as hard apparently.

Pick a class with a gimmick

Peloton offers so many kinds of classes with different genres of music. I’ve done Guns N’ Roses as well as Madonna rides. Jess King has a show tunes series, and there are rides with a DJ.

Whenever I don’t feel motivated to exercise, I think of it as entertainment first and that’s how I trick myself into doing a full workout.

Save classes that made you feel good

When you save classes that made you feel good, you’ll be reminded of that feeling when you see it again on the monitor.When struggling to pick a class, I choose from a bunch of saved classes that I don’t mind doing again.

If I can’t bring myself to face a new challenge, doing one that I’ve already smashed is the best way to go!

Lower the instructors voice

If you have classes where you loved the soundtrack, save them and then choose to have more music and less instructor. It’s amazing how much having motivational music blasting helps.

Forgot how to change the audio mix? Hit the volume button on the right hand side of the display and then change the mix. You have to do it each time as it always resets back to an even mix of music and voice.

Find more tips and tricks on how to maximize your bike here.

Do a class with weights

Doing weights is challenging, but it gives your legs some rest. A 45-minute class is sometimes better than 30 minutes because I know I’ll get breaks to do weights.

Pick your feel-good instructor

Sometimes, picking an instructor that fits your your mood is all you need. When I just want to do a feel good class, I pick Cody because he’s like my gay best friend and his classes are always entertaining. Seeing instructors have a bit of a hard time with the workout is also the energy that motivates me to give the workout everything that I got.

Should you be taking workout advice from someone who struggles with working out? Probably not. Was this entire article about how to work out a little less hard? Maybe.

It would be unfair to say that fitness isn’t a big part of my life. I actually spend a lot of time thinking about working out more than working out itself. It’s one of my favorite past times.

Keeping a consistent workout routine is what I’m struggling with right now. These mind tricks have at least helped me get my ass on the bike and squeeze a workout in even when I don’t feel like it. And for someone who isn’t a disciplined fitness freak, that’s all that matters.

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Breakfast Diaries: No-Frills Baking with the Panasonic Croustina Breadmaker

Wake up to the smell of freshly-baked bread

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Waking up to the smell of freshly-baked bread can do wonders for your mood and how you take on the day. In this video, we’ll be making a simple loaf with nuts and olive oil using the Panasonic Croustina. The fresh, homey scent will fill up your home once it’s ready.

Here’s the recipe featured in the video:

Ingredients

1 cup of bread flour
1/2 cup of wholewheat flour
5 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of bread machine yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of warm water
1/4 cup of nuts

Procedure

Add the water, sugar, and yeast into the Panasonic Croustina’s pan.
Let sit for 10 minutes to let the yeast dissolve and foam up.
Add the olive oil, bread and wholewheat flour, and salt to the pan. No need to mix.
Set the bread machine to the White Bread setting and press start.

Et voila! In 4 hours, you’ll have your artisanal-style loaf. We recommend doing the preparations the night before and just set the timer of the breadmaker to end right when you wake up. This way, you get to enjoy your loaf fresh and warm.

SEE ALSO: Breakfast Diaries: Freshly-pressed celery juice with the Panasonic Slow Juicer

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Happy Plugs introduces a new chic, affordable true wireless earphones

Meet the Air 1 Plus

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Fostering a culture of fashionable, comfortable, and untethered life, Swedish lifestyle brand Happy Plugs introduces a new generation of true wireless earphones.

Arriving in contemporary colorways, the Air 1 Plus is the perfect earphones for those who want to look fashion-forward in whatever style. It comes in White Marble, Gold, Pink Gold, Black, and White — perfect neutrals that can match any outfit.

Moreover, you can choose two fit options — Earbuds or In-Ear — ensuring optimal comfort and security for any ear shape. This also makes it the perfect accessory to accompany you in your everyday life or workout sessions. You choose what’s comfortable for your aesthetics and lifestyle.

But it’s not just the earphones that comes in a hip design, its charging case is so stylishly smart, too!

The Air 1 Plus offers a whopping total of 40 hours of playback through its charging case! Its earphones can stream for 6.5 hours when fully charged, and its charging case can hold another 5 charges. If you’re ever in a hurry, you can do a 10-minute quick charge using USB-C, giving you up an extra 90 minutes of playtime.

It’s also equipped with XTM-codecs for clear wireless sound across iOS and Android devices. Additionally, it uses Qualcomm’s CVC 8.0 microphone technology, ensuring a clear voice whilst reducing wind noise for better communication. It promises seamless connectivity, too, thanks to the latest Bluetooth 5.1.

Furthermore, Air 1 Plus features 14 distinct touch controls — making it easy to manage music, calls, adjust volume, or access voice assistants with just a single touch.

Price and availability

Happy Plugs offers the Air 1 Plus for US$ 100 (EUR 100 / CAD 100 / GBP 90). Presale starts from May 13, 2020, at happyplugs.com. The Air 1 Plus will be available officially in Happy Plugs’ worldwide retail accounts and via shipping from happyplugs.com starting on May 27, 2020.

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