The world of fitness and wellness has been forced to apply the necessity is the mother of invention axiom in times of the pandemic. Even as the need for boosting immunity, improving physical and mental health and keeping fit increased, so did the restrictions on being able to work out. And here’s where our resourcefulness paid off. Yes, gyms and outdoors were shut, but that didn’t mean we couldn’t turn our indoors into workout zones. The only thing missing was a trainer. That’s where virtual trainers, both people and apps, stepped in.
Popular names in the fitness industry such as Yasmin Karachiwala, Sohrab Khushrushahi, Ranveer Alhabadia and Namrata Purohit, who count Bollywood’s who’s who as their clients, started sharing workouts of the day (WOD) on their social media pages. Virtual training apps such as Nike Training Club, Headspace and Daily Yoga became everyone’s go-to as they transformed their home or terrace into a makeshift gym. These apps not only monitored your progress and calories burned, but some also had virtual congratulatory messages to celebrate fitness milestones to keep the motivation flowing. Many trainers made the transition to digital and morphed into virtual trainers who would guide you through your daily dose of endorphins.
As we move into 2021, here are five reasons we think you should stick to a virtual fitness program.
Do it on your time
Some of us enjoy waking up at the crack of dawn (gasp) and downward dogging our way to begin the day. And there are those who like to end the day with a spot of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). The best thing about virtual fitness is that you get to choose when you want to get in your lunges, squats, what have you. It’s all about convenience.
Location, location, location
Now that outdoor restrictions are being slowly lifted, take your workout wherever you want to. Whether it’s yoga on the beach, a 10-km run around your neighbourhood or slap your exercise mat smack dab in the middle of your living room, it’s the dealer’s choice. All you need is your laptop, smartphone, or tablet to get started.
It’s all about the moolah
Health is a necessary investment that everyone should be forking up the dough for. Thankfully, when you go virtual, you save a lot more than you would if you were going to a proper gym and paying for personal training.
Variety is the spice of life
Virtual fitness lets you try out a gamut of fitness activities – Pilates, yoga, weight training (provided you have weights at home), functional fitness, cardio and so on. You can then figure out what suits you best and stick to it. Or even better, mix it up so you’re never bored.
The end result
With trainers, real or virtual, constantly encouraging and motivating you to hit your fitness goals, it’s easier to make exercise a daily part of your routine. And whether your goal is to lose weight, gain strength and stability or simply stay fit, it’s very rewarding to see the results of your efforts.
Check out some online workout classes from StayFit here featuring Shilpa Shetty, Sarva Yoga and more as you give virtual fitness a try.
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