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Updated: May 1, 2014 18:57 IST

Fitness at a click of a button

Shilpa Agarwal
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Learn new forms of exercise from the comforts of home.
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Learn new forms of exercise from the comforts of home.

Download an exercise video or join an online fitness class

Bored of going to the gym? In the long list of issues we face today, ‘lack of exercise’ tops it. The world however, is waking up to a new trend – Virtual Training via Youtube, which is a hit with the online-savvy generation.

With my own gym membership sleeping, and fitness goals lagging, I decide to accept my friend’s invitation to experience this new trend.

How it works

If Madhuri Dixit can conduct dance classes, and top chefs dish out gourmet recipes, online, why cant fitness trainers demonstrate various fitness postures virtually?

Armed with a laptop, we browse through short videos, elaborate ones and even a 10-minute workout routine, which was rather tempting. Be it yoga, Pilates, Zumba or functional training, the choices available are mind-boggling, a reason why it’s a hit in the west.

While I was grunting and gasping, my friend did the workout effortlessly, listening to the narrator and hardly even glancing at the video. You can download free videos where the instructor describes and demonstrates each workout with slow motion samples. The only equipment required with these ‘remote coaches’ is self-motivation.

In no time the instructor’s upbeat energy has me moving. My sweat-drenched self makes a mental note to try this portable fitness option more often. If you opt for the paid workouts which are cost-effective you can interact with a personal trainer.

Besides being economical and private, it saves the worry of dressing up or the ugly traffic to go out. Depending on your mood you can workout for 20 minutes or up to two hours.

Vinod Channa, who has trained John Abraham and Shilpa Shetty, is going to launch an online fitness programme. “The idea is to present multiple exercise techniques in a simple, effective manner. The varied needs of individuals will be catered along with diet consultation and personal training too,” he says.

Whether you want to kick start your fitness journey or use E-fitness, working out online is a great way to break into sweat. If you’re the kind who needs fitness buddies and a trainer around to bond, it’s unlikely you will opt for this.

Choose Wisely

- New to workouts? Choose basic videos depending on your lifestyle.

- Don’t get carried away initially. You need to be in tune with your body and learn when you can push yourself and when you should back off to avoid injuries.

- Scout for videos of certified and famous professionals which will warrant safety . Some options to choose from are - BeFit, Fitness Blender, XHIT, Sadie Nardini which are free while toneitup,

- FitOrbit and Hitchkit are the economical options available.

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