In this world of instant gratification, virtual fitness has become a huge business. But is it the best way for you to improve your fitness?
As if it isn’t hard enough to find the right program for you, there are literally THOUSANDS of choices, both in-person and virtual. Between the local gyms and studios, the apps, online programs and YouTube, how can you know which one is the right choice for you?
The first question you need to ask yourself is, “What is my experience?” If you’ve been working out with a trainer and/or taking live classes, then a virtual option may be a good choice. If you’ve never taken a class or worked with a trainer, especially in the format you are looking to try, virtual fitness is probably not a good option for you. That could set you up for serious injuries. Scheduling an appointment with a trainer, or even taking a live (small) class would be a better choice so you have someone correcting your form will help you learn how proper form feels.
Have you ever had a major injury? Whether it was your rotator cuff, knee, wrist, back, elbow or ankle, a past injury means you need a professional to give you safe options for your workouts. The same would apply if you’ve given birth or had surgery in the past three years, or have a chronic issue like arthritis.
How do you feel about working out at home, alone? Do you prefer doing your own thing or do you like to get out around others for the comradery and support? Are you able to stay motivated to work out alone or would scheduling a class with a friend keep you on track? These questions are just as important as your experience! If you aren’t good about sticking with a plan on your own, getting out might be a better way for you to stay on track.
There are certainly plenty of positives to virtual fitness too. If going to the gym is intimidating to you, you feel self-conscious, or if the classes are very large, a virtual class may work better for you. When you have young children and no sitter, naptime may be the only time you get to do something for yourself. Maybe you have school age kids and work during the day and spend the evenings running them around to their activities. Maybe you have a demanding travel schedule and a hotel gym or your room are your only options. Maybe your schedule is jam-packed and you just can’t fit in one more thing. All understandable – but make sure you are carving out some time for yourself!
Bottom line on virtual fitness – it depends! Just like anything else, it isn’t a one-size-fits-all thing. You need to do your research and decide what works best for you. Take advantage of free trials and free classes when you can so you can find the right fit for you!
See you soon!