Before I get back in the gym, what workouts can I do in my Gainesville apartment?

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There are plenty of workouts that can be done in your Varsity House living room.

All around Gainesville and across the state of Florida, gyms and fitness centers are starting to reopen. While many people are eager to get back to their workout routines, I definitely get why you might not feel 100% about seeing new people and sharing equipment. Fortunately, you don't have to be. There are plenty of ways for you to get your workouts in without ever leaving one of the many rentals in Gainesville. I would recommend checking out these options:

  • POPSUGAR. You might be working from home, but the folks at POPSUGAR will have you working out from home. Their website offers tons of content geared toward people of all fitness levels, but their YouTube channel is where I have had the best luck finding workouts I love. You'll see that they have videos for all different kinds of workouts, and a lot of them. You may need to move the furniture around your Gainesville apartment to accommodate your 7-minute crop top abs workout or your 60-minute 600-calorie cardio routine, but just remember - without any guests visiting, your second bedroom can make for a great home gym! These videos are all available for free, so you have no excuse for not checking them out.
  • obé fitness. obé has quickly become the internet's favorite workout, and it's easy to see why. When you become a member, or participate in their free trial, you have access to 100 live and replay classes per week, timed at 28 minutes each. (If you don't have 28 minutes, you can take one of their 10 minute Express classes!) The classes are structured around three pillars, making sure you're covered across strength, cardio and stretch. Depending on your fitness level, they offer different workout recommendations, and they have a strong Facebook community to keep you motivated. You might even look into taking some of your workouts to your Gainesville apartment's patio or balcony. There's nothing quite like soaking in sweat while you're soaking in the views!
  • Fitbit Premium. I started using the free Fitbit app with my tracker in 2016, and I have found it incredibly helpful for tracking steps, calories and sleep quality. Recently, they have increased focus on their Premium app, which is designed to offer insights specifically around your stats. Premium also offers its users access to thousands of dynamic workouts, guidance specific to how you can improve your stats and advanced sleep tools. If you want to work on your fitness across multiple categories - like actually using the upgraded kitchen found in many of the best apartments in Gainesville - then this could be your best bet. Bonus: they're currently running a 90-day free trial, so you can test it out and see if it works for you. 

It certainly takes a strong person to dedicate themselves to workout from home, but I want to point out that it's okay if you can't fully dedicate yourself to a new fitness routine right now. This is a difficult time for all of us, so while you're making an effort to be good to your body, remember to be kind to yourself too. Good luck!

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