Get Your Family Moving with These Fun, Free Online Fitness Videos

To help you and the young people in your life get moving, we have rounded up some of the best online fitness videos that families can do together at home. These eight classes are fun, free, and suitable for all fitness levels.

If you are missing your gym and also looking to get the kids in your life up and moving, an online family fitness class may be just what you need.

Many of us have spent an excessive amount of time sitting inside in recent months due to the pandemic. Studies show that prolonged sitting is linked to health risks including high blood pressure and heart disease. Even a small amount of exercise provides important health benefits, and it also improves our mood and relieves stress. Moving around is especially important for kids. With schools shuttered and camps closed, children haven’t gotten their usual P.E. classes and outside playtime. The current federal physical activity guidelines recommend that children and teenagers exercise for at least 60 minutes each day. Preschoolers between the ages of three to five should be up and moving throughout the day, for about three hours or more.

To help you and the young people in your life get moving, we have rounded up some of the best online fitness videos that families can do together at home. These eight classes are fun, free, and suitable for all fitness levels.

screenshots from Road Runners and PE with Joe

Go Noodle, I Gotta Feeling

With lively videos that combine learning activities and fitness routines, the online resource Go Noodle is popular in many schools and classrooms. The site now has interactive videos designed for families to do at home. All of the videos include brightly colored animation and catchy tunes. I Got a Feeling is a short fitness activity with upbeat music and fast moves that will get everyone’s heart pumping.

Fitness Blender, Family Fun Cardio Workout

Fitness Blender is an online fitness channel run by personal trainers. An engaging 25-minute workout for families combines movement, stretching, and games. This video is ideal for families looking for a longer and more full-body workout.

Hip Hop Public Health, Hype Break

Hip Hop Public Health is a nonprofit group that promotes positive behavior through music. Their free workout videos for families are led by professional dancers and athletes. In the Hype Break video, a dancer from the famed New York City company Alvin Ailey guides kids and adults through a 10-minute high-energy workout set to hip-hop music.

Joe Wicks, PE with Joe

Joe Wicks is a British fitness trainer who runs a popular series for adults on YouTube. During the pandemic, Wicks began creating upbeat 30-minute workouts for families in a series called P.E. with Joe. Videos include basic exercises, stretching, and cardio activities. New videos are posted daily so there are plenty to choose from. In this video from June 3, Joe leads a routine inspired by sports played in other countries, such as kickboxing in Thailand and sumo wrestling in Japan.

New York Road Runners Club, Active at Home

The renowned New York City-based running club has developed Active at Home, a virtual platform with dozens of activities and videos to help kids and families stay healthy. Some videos include tips from professional runners and Olympic athletes, and there are also videos in Spanish. This 18-minute workout for families leads viewers in Simon Says and other games as well as stretches and cardio routines.

PopSugar Fitness, Family Fun Cardio Workout

PopSugar Fitness, a site for adults, has a new workout designed for families. This very high-energy routine includes running, skipping, jumping jacks, balance activities, and some competitive challenges. This one is perfect for families really looking to burn off some energy.

YMCA, Latin Dance Class

After its buildings closed because of the pandemic, the YMCA created YMCA 360, a virtual platform with a plethora of fitness videos. There are high energy options, as well as yoga, dance, and Pilates classes that families can do together. The videos can be found on Facebook, YouTube, and the YMCA site. This video teaches Latin dance through upbeat music and simple moves.

Manduka Yoga, Family Yoga Class

This family yoga class guides viewers through basic poses, breathing techniques, and easy stretches. The slower pace of this video makes it ideal for those who want a more relaxed workout.

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