Over the past few years, at-home workout options have exploded. The 2020 pandemic has accelerated that growth more than anyone could have expected. People want to keep up their fitness level but need to do it safely at home. Fortunately, technology makes it very easy and can provide motivation to keep moving.
There is a plethora of smart home exercise equipment that have come on the scene over the years. The Peloton bike jumped into at-home fitness several years ago. Now, the market has expanded to treadmills, rowing machines, strength equipment, and more.
These platforms provide the equipment and the live or steamed classes for a monthly fee through their app. While these options are trendy, they can all add up to a pretty penny.
Luckily, there are less expensive options. You can find streaming classes or apps with free or low-cost home workouts for all fitness levels and workout types. Many don’t require any equipment. From boot camps to yoga, there are so many choices for working out at home.
If you have been taking classes at a nearby studio, check out their website or give them a call. Many have moved to Zoom to conduct courses for folks staying at home. All you need to do is join the Zoom meeting and follow along. You don’t have to be visible at all.
Once you find the app(s) or videos you like, watch them using your phone, tablet, or computer. Using small devices is a convenient option but not always the most practical since they have small screens and low sound.
Let’s talk about how to make them more conducive to getting a good workout.
Positioning: Ensure you pick a place where you can see the device, whether on a chair or propped up on the floor. Make sure your device isn’t tilted backward. You need to be able to see what’s happening.
Purchasing a cheap stand for your phone or tablet is a no-brainer. Amazon and other online vendors are full of great options at low prices. I highly recommend something like this tabletop tripod, or if you have a tablet, this works great too.
Sound: If you have a Bluetooth speaker to help hear the instructor, it makes a significant difference in staying engaged and motivated.
Screen Size: Depending upon the type of exercise you want to do, it may be easier to follow along if you can see it on a bigger screen. There are a few different ways to “mirror” (Apple) or “cast” (Android) the screen of your phone, tablet, or computer on your TV.
(This article was originally posted on Sixty and Me)