Sometimes the hardest part about staying fit isn’t getting motivated or finding the right sports bra, it’s making the time to exercise. We’ve rounded up the best quickie classes in the Boston area, online resources, and customizable apps to help you work in your workouts.
If you’re not a self-motivator, exercise classes are key. Working out with a group in a guided setting is a great way to make sure you’re actually burning calories and not just half-heartedly striking yoga poses in between e-mails.
Boston Boxing & Fitness
For a break from trendy exercises like spin and barre, try boxing. The rigorous workout aims to strengthen your muscles while also teaching sparring technique. Boston Boxing & Fitness offers quick, 30-minute classes in the evenings with very specific target areas so you can come in just for cardio or core training. You also don’t have to sign up for classes in advance, so there’s no penalty if you plan to come and then can’t make it.
The Boston Parks Fitness Series
Through Sept. 29, the Boston Parks Department hosts free daily fitness classes in parks around the city. You can switch up your workout with salsa dancing, Afrobeat boot camp, HIIT, and tai chi all in the most scenic areas of the city. Pick the park closest to your home or office, and boost your endorphins before or after work. The classes run an hour, but because they’re free and outdoors, you could cut out early if needed.
Btone works to strengthen and tone muscle groups without putting stress on your joints like high-intensity exercise does. Many modifications are offered for different skill levels, making the workouts a great option for all age groups. With three studios in Boston and others in Lexington, Waltham, Chestnut Hill, and Wellesley, pop into the location that’s most convenient to you at the time. Classes are 45 minutes and start as early as 6 am for before work with others at 12 pm for your lunch break. You can pay for single classes or buy a package, but you are required to cancel with eight-hours’ notice.
Let’s be real, you’re not always going to have time to make an extra stop at the gym. But with fitness apps and online tutorials, you can fit in a quick workout before heading off to work or settling in for the night.
Amazon Prime Fitness
Turns out Amazon Prime isn’t just good for two-day shipping on face masks and binge-watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Prime Video also offers over 300 fitness videos, many of which are workouts under 30 minutes. Got a hot second before your morning commute? Try the 15-minute Maggie Binkley HIIT session. Even more pressed for time? An 8-Minute Abs Workout promises to burn between 50 and 110 calories with an innovative, no-crunches circuit.
Johnson & Johnson 7-Minute Workout
The über-trendy 7-minute workout has major perks. With the Johnson & Johnson app, you can create a workout anywhere from 7–32 minutes and customize the exercises based on difficulty and muscle group, no equipment needed. You are also able to add your own music to the workout or watch a trainer video. If you have an iPhone, the app syncs with your Health app to automatically track your stats. The Smart Workout algorithm will remind you to work out and recommend exercises with increasing intensity to keep you from slacking off.
If you have a gym membership but aren’t always sure how to maximize your time, Aaptiv acts as your personal trainer. The app leads you through workout routines with gym equipment like an elliptical, treadmill, or weights. Each workout has a custom playlist of popular music timed to match the exercises. You can select workouts based on duration, so if you only have 15 minutes at the gym and all the treadmills are taken, you can still have an effective session.
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