In the past month life has changed for everyone in the world due to COVID-19. Most people are all experiencing social distancing and shelter in place orders. Many people are bearing the brunt of this horrible virus by losing loved ones, being ill themselves or losing their job and income. Some of us are fortunate enough to be able to telecommute. I am one of those people. This post is for anyone interested but I am writing it in relation to my new reality of working from home.
The fitness community has shown astounding generosity during this time when gyms have been forced to close. There are so many free trials to streaming services being offered that I am overwhelmed. I have signed up for two so far with consideration of a third. I don’t have the time to review the workouts and programs from these streaming sites in the same type of detail that I normally do. But I do want to share my impressions of certain programs to alert others that they are out there. So more abbreviated/general reviews of some streaming sites’ programs will be posting in the next month or so.
Which leads me to Daily Burn and it’s Mini Burn program. Daily Burn is/was offering a 60 day free trial during this pandemic so I signed up. The Mini Burn program is a collection of 24 five minute workouts. These appealed to me immediately. I workout for an hour every morning and that hasn’t changed. But being home all day now gives me the opportunity to be more active than I was when I went into the office. Now, I do not work at a job so restrictive it does not allow me to get up in move around. My job actually encourages people to find ways to be active during the day. We have a gym and standing desks, we are given breaks to use the fitness facility or walk during the day. They have even mapped walking paths in the work center so you know where you need to walk and how many loops to achieve a mile (4 loops). We even employ a health and wellness person. But do I use any of these things? I used my standing desk but other than that, nope. I am a true introvert. I stay in my cubicle working the majority of the day and when I do take fitness breaks they are stretches and mobility type of exercises. I wear nice clothes and make up to work. I am not going sweat at work.
Now that I am teleworking, I wear yoga pants and sports bras, and I take frequent fitness breaks using Mini Burns. Every 90-120 minutes, I do a 5 minute Mini Burn. And I LOVE it. I have a home office so I push my chair aside, turn up the ceiling fan, pull up Daily Burn and do a 5 minute Mini Burn. I have no fitness goals with these little workouts other than to be more active. And they are perfect. Absolutely perfect.
What do you get with a Mini Burn workout? Each Mini Burn is 5 minutes and contains 5 exercises. Each exercise is done for 1 minute. The majority of them require no equipment but if you have a wood floor like I do then you should have a fitness mat on hand. Some of them also require dumbbells. So far I have avoided them but I might bring a pair of light dumbbells into my office and give those a try. Again, I am not approaching these to gain strength. My morning workouts are what I use to achieve fitness goals. My purpose for doing a Mini Burn is to get my blood pumping so light dumbbells will be fine. Mini Burn has low impact cardio workouts, kickboxing, lower body strength, total body strength, upper body strength, core workouts, plyo workouts and even a HIIT workout. I haven’t done all of them yet but I will eventually. I do find myself returning to the kickboxing, low impact and lower body Mini Burns. I really like those.
Now, having written all this, I have to share that when I signed up, I went straight to the Daily Burn website and it was right there on their home page–60 days free. But it has changed. It is back to only offering 30 days free. However, I did find two different links still offering the 60 day free trial: The Skim, and here’s the other one. I suggest you sign up quick if you are interested, otherwise you will be stuck with the 30 day free trial.
So that’s it! A rather unusual post for me. There will be more like this in the coming months. I will be sampling other workouts on Daily Burn plus I am also subscribed to OpenFit and am doing a lot of Xtend Barre.