Ten Online Exercise Options to Get You MovingLast updated: Oct 01, 2016
Want a free or low-cost way to workout at home? Whatever your fitness level, there’s an online exercise option to help keep you moving and motivated. All you need is the ok from your doctor, an Internet connection, comfortable clothing, and your sneakers!
Before starting a new or intensifying your current exercise routine,
see your Summit Medical Group practitioner
to be sure it’s safe for you to exercise.
Check out these popular online exercise options to see whether they may be right for you:*
- Barre3 offers ballet-based barre method to improve your cardio fitness and balance as well as strengthening, sculpting, and toning you
- Beach Body on Demand offers a 30-day free trial to stream videos in INSANITY®, P90X®, FOCUS T25®, and more than 400 other exercise options. If you’re an experienced exerciser and you’re intense about your fitness training, Beach Body on Demand might be right for you
- BeFit is an exercise video hub that gives you access to renowned trainers and their exercise videos, including Denise Austin, Jane Fonda, Billy Blanks, Tara Stiles, and Jillian Michaels. In addition to providing a variety of workout options for people of all ages and fitness levels, the BeFit channel offers instructional videos on meditation
- Buti Yoga offers dynamic asana yoga videos to help strengthen, condition, tone, and center you
- Crunch Live offers more than 85 online workouts appropriate for your fitness level and schedule, including total body boot camp, Pilates, dance cardio, yoga, and barre method
- Daily Burn 365 offers motivational, full-body workouts every day to help you reach your fitness goals
- Fitness Blender offers a wide selection of video workouts to burn fat, strengthen your muscles, and boost your metabolism
- FitnessGlo offers unlimited access to online cardio dance and Pilates classes at a low monthly subscription rate. Specifically designed for women, the classes are led by certified fitness trainers
- Jessica Smith TV offers workouts for all levels, including beginner, intermediate, and advanced exercisers. Jessica has developed effective 7-minute, 10-minute, and 30-minute workouts that fit into almost every schedule and focus on cardiovascular training as well as strength training
- Physique 57 offers efficient, effective, fun customizable workout plans and playlists to keep you moving and motivated, even if you have as little as 10 minutes to work out
Watch First, Then Exercise
Once you find exercise videos that interest you, watch them before trying them out. Knowing what to expect will help you determine whether the routine will work for you. It also will allow you to gather any equipment you need to ensure a satisfying, effective, and uninterrupted workout.
Online Subscription Exercise Options
Although many online exercise videos are free, some require modest subscription fees. In most cases, you can engage in limited free trials of the exercise videos before subscribing.
Talking With Your Doctor
Just because an exercise video is published online doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right for you. If you’re new to exercise or if you’d like to intensify your exercise program, talk with your doctor first. Many doctors have Internet access in their offices, so write down the URL in case he or she would like to take a look at the video before giving you a green light to go ahead with it. Be sure to tell your doctor about any concerns you have about exercising.
Start slowly and gradually increase the intensity of your online workouts.
Remember the adage “Rome wasn’t built in a day”? Like building a city, getting fit takes time. Following exercise videos that allow you to sensibly increase your cardiovascular fitness over time will help protect you against unwanted injuries and increase the odds you’ll stick with your exercise program.
*Summit Medical Group does not specifically endorse or recommend any of the online exercise options listed in this article. Engaging in any of the exercise videos listed on the sites is at your own risk.