Spending all your hard-earned money and scarce free time shopping for holiday gifts can wreak havoc on your fitness routine.
Looking for some cheap ways to stay in shape this season? Here are some of the very best online fitness options so you can get your sweat on from the comfort of your own home.
YogaGlo.com offers a 15 day free trial for newbies. Whether you consider yourself a yoga pro or a total novice, this website has you covered. $18 a month gets you unlimited access to more than 2,000 streaming online classes organized by duration, style, teacher, and level.
Feeling stressed and want to check out a quick five minute meditation? You got it. Have you been sprinting around town shopping for the holiday party you’re hosting, and now your hips are killing you? There’s a class for that too.
If you’ve exhausted your yoga quota and are still feeling flabby, shell out just $5 for 48-hour instant access to fitness videos led by Physique 57’s long and lean instructors. Fans of this ballet barre inspired workout include super-ripped Demi Moore and Lisa Rinna.
Make sure you’re near a solid piece of furniture for some of the balancing moves. Also, some classes require hand weights, but you can use a couple bottles of water if you’re fresh out of barbells.
Has your doctor suggested you do something about that muffin top? Pilates is one of the best types of exercise you can do to build core strength and align your body to help reduce pain. Founded by Pilates expert Alisa Wyatt, Pilatesology is the gold standard of online Pilates courses. It offers over 350 classes organized based the needs of your body, type of equipment you’re working with, level of expertise, and duration.
Try it for free for the first 10 days. After that the price tag jumps to $19 a month or $150 for the full year, a steal if you’re a regular.
The best thing about Be Fit's YouTube Channel? It’s completely free. Jillian Michaels, Denise Austin, Billy Blanks, and Jane Fonda are some of the heavy hitters who take you through heart pounding workouts, on the house.
A shredded Jillian Michaels teaches classes like ‘Banish Fat Boost Metabolism’ and ‘6 Week Six-Pack Abs.’ Her 35 to 60 minute videos get millions of hits. And for many of the workouts all you need is a mat and some willpower. Give it a shot. What have you got to lose (besides a few extra pounds)?
If you’re craving a little more sass in your classes, a three-day free trial with CrunchLive.com gives you full access to over 35 of Crunch’s famously fun fitness classes. The workout library is divided into four categories: Chisel It, for cardio and strength training; Chill Outs (yoga and Pilates); Dance Rhythms; and Quickies, for when you're short on time.
Crunch is always adding new workouts to help shake you out of a fitness rut. The site allows you to save your favorites for easy access, and also helps you keep track of your workout goals and fitness progress.
Extreme fitness class lovers may fall in love with this site, and that's ok. At $9.99 a month, you won't break the bank.
Daily Burn boasts a huge variety fitness classes, ranging from 15 to 60 minutes. Conveniently formatted classes are available to watch on the go via your laptop, tablet or cell phone. Try it out for free for the first 30 days and see if it's right for you.
A $10 monthly membership provides comprehensive access to an array of different strength building, toning, or weight loss workout videos. The membership also includes nutrition advice, custom meal plans, recipes and nutritional supplements.
Much like YogaGlo, FitnessGlo is a comprehensive database of classes organized into categories: style, teacher, level, and duration. A free 15-day trial will introduce you to some of the best instructors LA has to offer and some serious at-home strength training.
Be advised, some of these classes run heavy on equipment like free weights, kettlebells, bosu balls or a stability ball, so you’ll want to beef up your home gym to optimize your benefits. If you’re hooked after your free trial runs out, it's just $12 a month for full access.