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Can You Really Achieve Fitness by Following YouTube Channels?

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Everyone knows the health benefits of exercise. Not only does it help you maintain a healthy weight, it also reduces your risks of many common diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, some cancers and cardiovascular diseases.

Many people view the gym as the only place to get fit. However, sometimes just getting to one can be a time sink. In today’s busy world, finding even two hours of free time can be a challenge. Luckily, you don’t need to go to the gym to stay healthy. In fact, you can get fit in the comfort of your own home. All you need is WiFi, floor space and around 30 minutes.

When starting a new regimen, be sure to check with your doctor about what’s safe, especially if you’re pregnant, injured or have limited mobility. Also, start slow and work your way up. You’ll feel more motivated, and you’ll prevent injury.

YouTube is an excellent place to find some quality fitness videos. So long as you have a laptop with you, you can even exercise when you’re not at home. With a Virtual Private Network, you can even access your favorite YouTube videos when traveling abroad.

Below are some channels that provide a variety of workouts and fitness advice.

Zuzka Light

Zuzka proves you don’t need a lot of time or even weights at home to get fit. She focuses on high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Though she only provides a sampling of workouts on her YouTube channel, they’re intense enough to get you started. While you’ll want to push yourself to get in as many reps as possible, don’t overdo it. Again, you want to make sure you don’t injure yourself with these exercises. If you’re also looking for some good meal ideas, she also offers some simple and delicious recipes to nosh on after a good workout.

Yogasync.tv

Yoga has been around for over 5,000 years, making it one of the more enduring exercise programs. One of the biggest reasons it has remained popular is because there are so many different facets. In fact, there more than 100 different forms of yoga, from fast paced to gentle. If you’re just getting into yoga, then Yogasync.tv is a perfect place to start. It stands out from other channels as it focuses on the mind-body connection of yoga rather than just the physical benefits. Of course, you’ll still see improvements in your posture, flexibility and even strength.

Blogilates

Blogilates is touted as the number-one female fitness channel on YouTube. Cassey Ho, a certified fitness instructor, hosts the channel. She might make these exercises seem easy as she talks you through each workout, but make no mistake; these will definitely challenge you. Luckily, she manages to make her workouts fun and challenging, so you almost enjoy feeling the burn. She also provides some excellent healthy recipes and even offers some more personal videos to keep you motivated.

Jenny Ford Fitness

If you’re looking to up your cardio game, then Jenny Ford Fitness is the channel for you. She posts some stellar aerobic exercises that will get your heart pumping—all for free! Best of all, she has different workouts based on your level of expertise, so you’ll never feel too overwhelmed. The videos themselves are short—most less than 30 minutes—but you can always extend the workout to as long (or as short) as you need once you learn the steps. Besides aerobics, Jenny also provides some strength exercises as well.

Madeleine Shaw

There’s more to fitness than just working out, and Madeleine Shaw knows this. Her channel focuses on well-being and taking care of your body through healthy eating, meditation and, of course, working out. Unlike other channels that focus more on working out, her channel is more personal and, in a sense, more complete. You get a glimpse into her life and how she handles a busy schedule. She provides tips on how to improve your life by getting more sleep, finding ways to relieve stress and even improving your skin complexion. This is the perfect channel for anyone looking for a more holistic approach to healthy living.

The Strength Athlete

Looking to build strength? Then look no further than The Strength Athlete. Founded by elite powerlifter Bryce Lewis, the channel provides excellent powerlifting techniques for anyone looking to build mass and power. However, even for those who aren’t looking to bulk up, it’s still a veritable treasure trove of information perfect for beginners. Many of the videos provide instructions on proper lifting form to prevent injury and get the most out of a workout. It also provides some excellent pointers on how to warm up properly, track progress and improve overall mobility.

Of course, there are dozens of other fitness vloggers on YouTube, so if you find these ones don’t suit your needs, you can find one that works.

Do you have a favorite fitness YouTube channel? Tell us about it in the comments below.