As we slip into the crisp air of autumn, ‘tis the season for changing leaves, apple cider and cozy flannel blankets and cotton sweatshirts. Sure, it’s tempting to hide ourselves under layers of clothing—no one’s going to see much of us if we’re covered with hoodies, jeans and boots. With the cooler weather and clothing that covers up our problem areas, it can be tempting to ditch some of our fitness self-care and begin a slow descent into hibernation. Yet it isn’t exactly an ideal path if you’re also single and dating. So what if you had the opportunity to choose from a variety of exercise classes to stay fit from the comfort of your own home?
Gaiam TV offers unlimited access to health and wellness, personal growth and inspiration videos online. Without having to leave the house, you have instant access to hundreds of hours of online exercise routines, including yoga, Pilates and cardio workouts. With a simple, user-friendly interface, it’s not hard to find something that will pique both your interest and exercise objectives.
For those looking to their fall into fitness, you can customize workouts by level, style and time length. Yoga videos are also sorted by weight loss, strength and conditioning, flex and stretch and core. You can choose which teachers you want to learn from, including Rodney Yee, Mariel Hemingway and Trudie Styler, wife of the musician Sting. (Jillian Michaels also lends her knowledge and guidance in the Fitness Studio.) You can also create playlists of your favorite workouts.
If you’re stressed and strapped for time, instructor Merrilee Robin Milmoe offers a 15-minute yoga class for beginners on yoga conditioning for weight loss called Balance and Relaxation. These poses work on your controlled breathing, flexibility, toning your arms and thighs, as well as strengthening your abs. This routine is an excellent starting point for anyone who has never done yoga before.
In Trudie Styler’s Conditioning for Weight Loss, you are taken through an 18-minute cardio workout that constantly flows through traditional standing yoga postures. Through the intermediate routine, you stretch and lengthen the muscles while increasing flexibility and range of motion. Building strength and endurance, the flowing sequence of postures is intended “to build heat for weight loss.”
If you’re looking to tone your abs, you might want to hop onto the Yoga Now Abs Express Routine with Rodney Yee and Mariel Hemingway. Participants are led through a 15-minute routine to elongate and contract the abs, tightening them and building strength. I also found this routine great for stretching my hamstrings and glutes (AKA the butt). You have to love anything that works on toning and firming some of your greatest physical assets.
For $9.95 per month, you have instant access to more than 2000 titles in Gaiam’s library of award-winning videos. With the wide variety of workouts from some of the biggest names in fitness, what a bargain this is compared to the gym. Plus, you get to workout in your own home at your own pace, whenever is convenient for you.
As a subscriber, you have streaming capability from your computer, smartphone or iPad. You can create playlists, as well as rate and review your favorite workouts. You can also preview videos before committing to a workout. There is no commitment as a subscriber—you can cancel at any time.
Gaiam TV has been incredibly generous by offering a free 10-day trial subscription to my readers! The first 25 people that sign up for Gaiam TV will also get a free yoga mat with their subscription! Visit Gaiam TV to get your free trail subscription today!