Get fit, online

Get fit, online – because it’s never been easier.

A number of factors – from a busy personal life to unsociable work hours – can mean exercise ends up on the back burner. Life gets in the way, and sometimes your top priority isn’t sticking on some gym kit and getting to your nearest studio or a class. Plus, if your motivation wasn’t waning already, the onset of winter – dark nights, cold weather, rain – is sure to extinguish it. Luckily for us, there’s a solution, and it’s lying right in front of your screen. That’s right, online fitness platforms provide the answer to all our fitness prayers – all you need is a mat and a decent internet connection. Getting fit, losing weight or feeling healthier just got whole lot easier…

Boxxmethod

The boxing trend continues to be a knockout (sorry!) success in 2017 – and now we can go 12 rounds in the comfort of our own homes. The BoxxMethod is a paid-for subscription service offering online boxing workouts, weekly planners and an online community for the fighting fit. From under a tenner a month (with a 10-day free trial), you get access to a wealth of boxing-inspired HIIT workout videos taken by expert instructors Louis and Sonja, with new videos added each month. With no bags, no pads and no ring, all you need is a pair of 1kg dumbbells and you’re ready to shadow box. Choose from full-body, upper-body and lower-body workouts and then pick a work out that suits the time slot you have available – some are as quick as 15 minutes. Why train like a fighter? Burning up to 600 calories in one workout and engaging muscles you didn’t even know you had make these intense sessions incredibly effective (albeit super tough).

From £9.99 a month, theboxxmethod.com

My Peak

My Peak brings gym-goers daily workouts, recipes, and health and fitness articles that you can access from your laptop, phone or tablet – anytime, anywhere. The brainchild of a fitness coach, gym owner and mum who understands the importance of keeping fit and the difficulty of regularly putting it into practice in equal parts, My Peak makes healthy living easy and accessible to all. Daily workouts that can be done in under 20 minutes (in the comfort of your own home) and numerous nutritionist-prepared recipe ideas, all tailored to you make this an easy way to upgrade to healthier lifestyle.

Membership from £5 per month, my.peakhealth.fitness

Sweaty Betty online workouts

One of the few online fitness platforms that offers free training, Sweaty Betty’s online workouts are a godsend. Regularly teaming up with well-known trainers and fitness studios, like Body by Simone and 1Rebel, and bringing us videos that range in both length and discipline (expect everything from yoga to HIIT), you’re sure to find something that suits your needs – and you won’t spend a single penny.

Free, sweatybetty.com

GymCube

Created in 2012 by Reebok Master Trainer Kevin Foster-Wiltshire, and now supported by his wife-to-be Cherie, GymCube aims to use the internet to help as many people live healthier and happier lives. While GymCube offers similar basic features to other platforms of the same ilk – exercise videos and recipes – this outlet goes above and beyond, including tracking measurements and progress, interactive group training, cooking videos and menu plans to name but a few. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll also have access to a myGymCube area and a members-only community for a more interactive experience.

From £15 a month, gymcube.com

Movement For Modern Life

For the yogis among us, Movement For Modern Life is a no-brainer. With a yoga class for every level, requirement and interest (meditation and chanting classes are also on offer), the platform offers yogis the fix without the studio. Now, your favourite teachers and your favourite flows can come together at a time that suits you – an idea founder Kat Farrants celebrates after years in the city missing yoga due to work commitments. The sheer wealth of videos on this site mean you can either hone your search by inputting style, emotion, benefit, level, duration and/or teacher factors, or simply surprise yourself every time. You’ll never get bored, and the high level of teaching makes you wonder if you’ll ever need to leave your house again.

From £10.99 per month, movementformodernlife.com