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Virtual Fitness On The Go

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Do you find it hard to exercise? I do. As we age, our mobility and flexibility, unfortunately, declines but if we do low-intensity workouts every week we could gently tone up without the ache and the stress. Easy aerobic exercise for 20-40 minutes followed by some stretching and breathing are the key to getting the blood flowing. But if you tend to get bored quite quickly doing the same old work out or you don’t have time to exercise, why not to give virtual fitness a try?

Basically, it’s a way to hit the gym without leaving our home. All you need is a device connected to the Internet and, of course, a bit of time and dedication. Yes, working out alone at home following real-time classes online is the new trend: finding one service that covers both your entertainment and fitness needs can keep your monthly expenses low while still allowing you to add variety to your exercises.

How does the whole thing work? Usually, once downloaded your favourite App, users can stream the classes on a big screen or taking part through an iPad or smartphone even while away on business or holiday. There are plenty of studios that record their own classes as they’re taken by others live and make them available on-demand. There are also programs that are simply prerecorded and offered online. Companies like Peloton and Yogaia are making it possible anytime, anywhere on our devices. Innovative Apps such as Fiit allow us to access huge libraries of videos on demand and it’s even possible to exercise with the help of virtual personal trainers. Daily Burn gives you chances to experience daily live workouts and other videos to choose from in various lengths, without leaving your home. Programs include barre, Pilates, yoga, and cardio. The classes can be streamed on your TV, laptop, phone, or tablet.

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Personally, I think nothing would replace the vibes of studio-based classes, besides if you choose not to use the webcam the instructor can’t check your posture, but in the end, if you can’t get to a class or want to try something different, this is a good solution to keep you on track.

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