Disclaimer: Please consult with a health professional before starting a new workout plan.

Let’s face it, the thought of working out can spark a ton of feelings for so many of us, and they’re not always good. It only takes a simple search to feel overwhelmed with countless articles and videos promising quick fixes and targeted fat loss. Mix that with the social pressures we feel to look a particular way, and it can be so easy to treat our workouts as a means to change our appearance or a form of punishment. But something that can get lost in the conversation is the benefits of working out can have on our daily lives, outside of our appearance.

It’s important to remember that working out isn’t only beneficial for our physical health, but it’s also beneficial for our mental health, too – let’s quickly go over a few highlights before we get too far. According to a Healthline article from 2017, exercise can increase the production of endorphins, which are known to help produce positive feelings and reduce the perception of pain. Additionally, it has also been linked to things such as better sleep, boosting energy, and helping to improve memory and brain health

Today, we’re going to take a look at some people who look at health, fitness, and exercise through the lens of overall wellbeing.

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Yoga With Adriene

Yoga With Adriene is an extremely popular choice for self-love workouts, with good reason. Her Youtube channel has nearly 10 million subscribers and 600 videos, featuring totally free yoga flows that range anywhere from 10-minutes to an hour. The best part? Her attitude is centred around being kind to yourself, honouring your body, and meeting your own appropriate edge.

The Membership

If the free Youtube videos aren’t enough, Adriene also offers a membership program called Find What Feels Good. This program gives you additional videos weekly, premium courses, exclusive classes with her and guest instructors, and special discounts.

The Details (USD)

  • 7-day free trial
  • $9.99/monthly
  • $99.99/yearly
Pilates on Demand

Pilates on Demand is a female-owned and operated Canadian small business, and they’re so much more than just pilates videos. Instead of focusing your attention on looking a certain way, Pilates on Demand is committed to focusing on what your body can do. While they offer a few free workouts on Youtube, the bulk of the content is found in the paid membership.

The Membership

Firstly, we need to mention that pilates isn’t all that they do. They offer over 300 classes, including yoga and meditation, with new classes being added weekly, and monthly challenges.

The Details (CAD)

  • 14-day free trial
  • $24.99/monthly
  • $119.64/bi-annually (1 month free)
  • $199.99/yearly (save 30%)
Dianne Bondy Yoga

Dianne Bondy Yoga is a body-positive yogi that focuses on yoga for larger-bodied and differently-abled students. What makes her truly epic is that her goal is to make everybody feel connected to yoga, regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability. Oh, and did we mention she’s also an internationally best-selling author? Her book, Yoga For Everyone, features 50 yoga poses for every type of body.

Yoga Membership Option

Dianne’s members differ from the others mentioned as she offers completely different course options, as well as different training including diversity training in yoga. While we’re just going to talk specifically about Yoga For Everyone since it’s the most comparable option to the other ones mentioned, her other courses are definitely worth checking out. From beginner levels to advanced, Dianne offers a diverse range of yoga practices, including body positive yoga, chair yoga, short practices and long practices.

The Details (CAD)

  • 14-day free trial
  • $19.91/monthly
  • $195.23/yearly
The Fitness Marshall

The thing about moving your body is that it shouldn’t feel like a chore, so if a traditional workout class isn’t your jam, dance workouts might be. And since a typical song ranges anywhere from 2-5 minutes, you can customize your own workout to be as long or as short as you want. The Fitness Marshall features a variety of body types and fitness levels throughout his dances to represent more diversity and skill levels.

Membership Options

Unlike the other memberships, we’re talking about today, The Fitness Marshall’s membership is offered straight through Youtube itself with 3 different tiers with different perks attached. The perks range from early access to videos to additional 60-minute Sweat sessions

The Details (USD)

  • $4.99/monthly
  • $9.99/monthly
  • $14.99/monthly
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