Free online workouts

What’s better than getting fit and seeing results? Doing it all for free! We’ve rounded up the best of the best online workouts, and you’ll be feeling the burn in no time.


Put a stop to muffin top

The best part of a muffin is the top, right? But not when it’s hanging over your jeans. It’s uncomfortable, unflattering and unwanted. XHIT is promising to rid us of our not-so-lovely love handles. With eight core exercises, you’ll be on your way to a muffin-topless life in only 10 minutes a day. Planks are perfection for your posture and for targeting that rebellious overhang. The starfish crunch is just as fun as it sounds and really engages those core muscles.

Feel the rhythm

Blogilates is your one-stop shop for getting your groove on while shedding those glutinous indulgences. Most of Cassy’s videos are under 15 minutes, and you can bet she’ll get your heart rate elevated quickly. It’s never too early to be thinking about bikini season, and with the Hot Summer POP Cardio Dance Workout, you’ll be bathing suit ready. Plus, maybe you can use a few of those moves when you’re out there on the dance floor this weekend.

Be the biggest loser

Be Fit’s goal is to help you “transform yourself.” Their YouTube channel boasts a variety of exercise videos. Feel free to peruse your options, but for this article’s sake, I’ve chosen to highlight “America’s Toughest Trainer,” Jillian Michaels. You’ll feel like Jillian is in your living room, and let me tell you, the lady gets results. I bought her 30-day Shred on DVD a few years ago in preparation for a wedding down South, but you can enjoy it for free. You won’t be sorry, just a little sore (beware of the butt kicks).

Pirouette your way to a smaller waistline

I’m partial to this next one, because any instructor who places a sweatband on a puppy has my vote.Jessica Smith and her pup, Peanut, will sweat their way into your heart. Have you dreamed of being a prima ballerina but maybe lack the coordination (like this writer)? Fret not! You can still share the same physique. Jessica will sculpt you into tip-top shape. You’ll confidently take centre stage after a few pliés.

Fitness for two

Besties Karena and Katrina might inspire you and your BFF to Tone It Up. The pair of perfect 10s have their own reality show on Bravo, aptly called Toned Up. The beach-ready babes have teamed up with Victoria’s Secret to create the Love Your Body series. Karena and Kat want you to discover a confident, fit and fierce you. The fabulous females say there’s a side of you that you never knew existed, a strength deep inside you that is ready to drive you toward your dreams and goals. What are you waiting for? HIIT play on this High-intensity Interval Training workout now!

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Be your own gym


We all know exercise is vital for a healthy lifestyle, but gym memberships are costly. Enjoy an equipment-free workout at home with calisthenics.

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Flatten the flab

If you’re a crunch aficionado, start with two sets of 25 reps, which burns approximately 50 calories.

Work at a set for a few weeks, and then increase as your muscles strengthen. Or do 25 reps of four sets. Aside from a trim tummy, increasing core strength helps to alleviate back pain.

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Now, prop yourself up on your elbows, and lift your knees and core off the floor. Hold for 10 to 30 seconds. Drop down. Repeat three times.

Next, while lying on your back, take your right elbow to meet your left knee, and scissor to make the left elbow meet your right knee. Do 10 reps of three sets.

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Fancy yourself Jennifer Aniston’s envy-inducing extremities? Set yourself up for push-ups. Do three sets of 10 reps at 30-second intervals.

Next, grab a chair, and place your palms at the edge of the seat. Extend your legs, and lower your butt down toward the floor. Continue this upward and downward motion for two sets of 10 reps to burn 50 calories.

Glam gams

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Lunge your way to leaner legs! Step forward with one foot to form a 90-degree angle as the knee from your other leg lowers to the ground. Don’t drop completely; let your knee hover above the floor. Alternate legs so each leg lunges 10 times. You can either stand in one place as you switch legs or take a stroll as each step propels you forward.

Two sets of 10 reps will knock off roughly 50 calories.

Next, stand against a wall, and slide your torso down until you’re in a seated position against the wall. Count to 30, get up, and shake it off. In 30 seconds, get ready to do it again.

Posterior perfection

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Get on all fours, extend your leg back, and bend your knee to form a 90-degree angle. Switch legs, and repeat 10 times.

Feel free to take a break or move right into peeing dog (for lack of a better name). Lift your leg out toward the side to form another 90-degree angle. Do 10 reps on each side. Return to the previous step and then back to this one for a final time.

To close your workout, end in a child’s pose, and then push back into downward dog. Now you can carry on with your day.

The number of sets and reps are solely suggestions and should be customized to your comfort and skill level. Remember, slow and steady wins the race. Incorporate this regimen into your daily routine for a more fit future.

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Resolutely Making Resolutions

It’s a new year, time to start afresh. It has become tradition for many to make drastic changes after the clock strikes midnight.

“Diet begins in the new year!” Sound familiar? Band-aid solutions do not last. As adhesive wears away, your resolution will too. Aim for small adjustments to make sure resolutions endure throughout the year.

Get active. Not to sound like Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod from Body Break but, keep fit and have fun. As opposed to saying you need to drop 10 pounds immediately, make getting healthy and working out part of a regular routine. Sign up for a yoga class. The relaxing yogic breath will come in handy once you receive your holiday Visa bill.

Go to the doctor. Be it gyno, dentist, eye doctor, don’t shrug it off. Make an appointment. In conjunction with the prior resolution, making sure you are in good health and physical condition goes hand in hand with any exercise routine.

Quit.. Something. Nix that bad habit today! I did say quick fixes don’t work, so stopping cold turkey may not be the best way to quit. Whatever it is, cigarette smoking, biting your nails, etc. ease out of it. Nicotine patches seem to do the trick, or that awful tasting nail formula.

Start something. If you’re working on the above resolution, you’ll have loads of time to contribute to this new venture. Always wanted to go sky diving? Or, master French cuisine (no, not poutine). Take a class. Get yourself out there. Try something new. Experience the unexperienced.

Volunteer. You’ve always said you’d like to. Go to a homeless shelter, an animal adoption center, or a retirement community. Pay It Forward. (It’s not just an excellent movie; it’s something to live by.)

Make time for family & friends. Don’t say, do. “We should get together!” Sometimes, it’s just a line to aid an awkward good-bye, but if you care about the person you’ve just laid that line on, follow through. Set a date. Choose a time that works for the both of you and your get-together will not slip through the cracks.

Think happy thoughts. Do not focus on that pile of bills or mounds of homework. Shift your thinking to positive things. Regale. Daydream. Try not to do too much of this at work. An exotic beach background on your computer may put some pep in your step. It works better if you actually have a vacation booked or planned for the near future. If not, just be thankful for what you do have. Count your blessings. You’re healthy, (hopefully that doctor appointment went well) and you should be happy. If not, keep reading!

Carpe Diem. Make it count. I am not saying to Eat. Pray. Love. your savings away, but live in the moment. And, it does not have to cost a cent. Appreciate things as they are happening. Often people perpetually live in the past or focus on events to come and today is forgotten. The present is a gift, so take hold and seize the day.

Be not doomed by debt. Think twice before you swipe. Even on something small like your daily cup o’ joe on the way to work. I’m not much for math, but multiply the amount of pumpkin spice lattes and the times you hit up Starbucks each week by 52 and you’ve got yourself a last minute deal on a trip down south, my friend.

Smile. If resolutions aren’t your thing, then at least give this one a shot. It does not take much effort. It is very likely you go around looking grumpy most of the time. Not only will that frown lead to premature wrinkles, but with a smile, you’re making the world a much more beautiful place.

Choose one, do ‘em all, or partake in none of the above. If you’re already a pretty perfect version of yourself, then why have you continued reading this far? Have I still got your attention? Make a change today. Think globally, act locally. Walk to the corner store instead of taking the car. There, you’ve just contributed to society and the environment (and your health; see top of list). Any effort is a good effort. Make 2011 the very best year. (Especially, if you believed what you saw in the film 2012; times a tickin’.)