We all know that exercise is good for our physical health and our mental well-being, but with all the things that teenagers are trying to cram into their day sometimes, it’s tough for them to hit the gym or get outside when they arrive home after dark.
Gym memberships and personal trainers can be expensive, and some facilities won’t allow teens under 18 to attend without an adult present.
While no parent of a tween or teen wants their kid to be on their phones any more than they already are, no one can argue that the Internet can help your child live a more healthy lifestyle. There are a lot of great exercise apps and YouTube channels out there to help people get or keep fit right from their homes, and many are great options for our big kids (or bonus if you can do them together.)
These are great options when your teen is off-season from a sport, stuck inside because of weather (or a pandemic), or just wants to fit a workout into their busy schedule.
These are also great to keep on hand for the next time your teen complains that they are bored or that they don’t want to get off their phones. In our house, as long as you are being productive, I won’t complain about the extra screen time!
The Best Apps For Teens to Exercise At Home
Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t need a ton of equipment, fancy home gym, or even that much space, to have an effective workout. All you and your teen need is a little help from technology for some video guidance, and in some cases, as little as seven minutes.
Apple Fitness Plus is designed exclusively for people who have an Apple Watch and an iOS device (and optional Apple TV). You need an Apple Watch to use the service, which offers a variety of workout class types, including core, HIIT, strength, yoga, rowing, cycling and treadmill running.
Of course, if your teen has an iPhone, then utilizing Apple Health is a great start to track activity. Used in conjunction with an apple watch, there can be a lot of healthy family competition on who is getting the most steps, doing the most fitness activities, drinking the most water, etc. Now that’s a competition I wouldn’t mind losing.
Nike Training Club can help guide you through your at-home fitness routines by providing free workouts such as yoga sessions, cardio, bodyweight workouts, abs and other targeted workouts, and more. This app is perfect for those who are working out in smaller spaces and need help customizing their workout routines accordingly. There are 100+ designed workouts for all levels to help your teen live a healthier lifestyle.
Yoga for Beginners will make yoga workouts easy to learn and can track fitness progress. I personally love doing yoga in the morning and I find that these guided videos create a calm atmosphere while also teaching me new things about the art of yoga. If your teen is looking to challenge themselves, then this is not the app for them.
Blogilates: Casey Ho is a fun and well-known YouTube fitness guru and her app is great for customized workouts, healthy recipes, and motivation.
Daily Workouts Fitness Trainer is great for someone that wants a quick workout and to take steps towards better health and increased physical activity. With this app, it is almost as if you have a personal trainer wherever you go. There are 100+ exercises That are great for both men and women.
7-minute Workout Is a great way to get fit and healthy in less than 10 minutes. The app is designed to encourage users to make exercising a daily habit make be short, there is higher intensity. This is great if you’re looking for more of a challenge.
Glo: Glo is great if you have a teen who is looking for a little more Zen in their life. This is among the most popular apps for mindful fitness, and it includes a plethora of yoga, meditation, pilates, and core-strengthening classes.
The Best YouTube Channels for Teens To Work Out At Home
Pamela Reif is a popular German fitness model who began her channel to share her workouts and meal plans. She creates home-workout plans for her followers to help them stay on track and keep motivated.
Chloe Ting is a fitness coach that provides a multitude of 30-day fitness plans that can be found on both her website and YouTube channel. You can follow the hashtag series #chloetingchallenge, which allows her viewers to share their progress with both her and their peers. Her video tutorials for ab workouts are infamous.
PopSugar Fitness is a bit more unconventional but quite a fun way to stay fit. Their classes include dance (Zumba), cardio, kickboxing, and yoga to name a few. They find ways to incorporate popular music to bring in a spunky twist to fitness as we know it.
MadFit choreographs workouts to different songs, similar to PopSugar Fitness. Her song workouts are short videos that focus intensely on your target areas.
At the end of the day, you and your teen can choose whichever avenue works best with your schedule and fitness goals. Even if you spend 10 minutes a day going for a walk, this can be a great way to stay active and get some fresh air.