What is Online Exercise?

B. Miller

Somewhat obviously, online exercise is a bit of a misnomer. What people typically mean, when referring to online exercise, is exercise instructions, programs, or videos that can be found online. Rather than going to a gym or fitness center, many people take advantage of free programs offered online, and work out in their own homes. In addition, there are many helpful reviews to be found online for various pieces of fitness equipment.

Pedometers, which can be ordered online, might be useful for home exercise.
Pedometers, which can be ordered online, might be useful for home exercise.

There are many online exercise programs that can be found for free or for a small fee. Simply search for the type of exercise one is interested in, and see what comes up. In addition to step-by-step written instructions, which often feature diagrams or pictures as well, it is often possible to find complete video series that can be watched and re-watched as often as necessary for guided instruction. Some sites an d blogs produce and post weekly instructional exercise videos, such as for aerobics or yoga.

Searching for online exercise programs can also help one to find advice on topics such as target heart rate, diet plans, information regarding calories burned per hour of exercise, or safety information regarding certain exercises. Of course, specific questions regarding health or physical ability to exercise safely should be directed to a doctor, but there are many websites that can provide general guidance on this topic. Devices such as heart rate monitors or pedometers for exercise may be ordered online.

Another type of online exercise help that one can find is information about local exercise groups. Searching online for information about one's local area can help one to discover people nearby who get together for exercise, such as a running club, a hiking group, or a group of people that get together regularly to play a team sport, for instance. Many of these organizations post schedules and sign-up sheets online, and it can be a great way to meet new people.

It is important not to restrict oneself to online exercise programs, however. Though they can certainly be helpful, it may be easier and more fun to simply get outside and go for a walk or a jog. Stretching every day can be very beneficial, or doing some strength training at a local gym. A varied exercise program is undoubtedly the best way to get in shape and to stay engaged and motivated to exercise; doing the same thing every day can quickly become boring, and then one is more likely to stop exercising altogether.

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