Everything You Need To Know About Virtual Fitness | Affinity Health
Affinity Health, a leading provider of affordable medical cover in SA, takes a look at how virtual fitness can help you jump-start your exercise.
We all know that exercising helps keep our bodies fit and healthy. But did you know that the way we exercise is changing rapidly?
The Rise of Virtual Fitness
Even though lockdown restrictions have been eased across South Africa, virtual applications are becoming the norm of everyday life. Virtual fitness is no exception.
While virtual fitness doesn’t have the same magic of a group class in “real life”, it does offer a variety from spin and rowing sessions to weight lifting, cardio, yoga classes, and more. There are also multiple class-level options, experienced instructors, affordable subscription plans, free trials, and minimal equipment needed.
Why is Virtual Fitness so Popular?
For many South Africans, demanding work and personal schedules can make it challenging to squeeze in the recommended 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day. Virtual fitness lets you fill in the gaps from the work week, at your convenience, while social distancing.
“Contrary to popular belief, virtual fitness is not a new phenomenon that emerged due to Covid-19,” says Murray Hewlett, CEO of Affinity Health.
“Before the coronavirus pandemic, virtual fitness classes delivered via the Internet or an app to a personal electronic device were already thriving and popular among those who were looking for structure and variety without having to maintain a strict gym schedule.”
Categories Of Virtual Fitness
The majority of virtual fitness options are divided into three categories: 2
1. Online fitness classes:
These workouts are given by discipline or style and include yoga, Pilates, boot camp, toning, dancing, cardio, chair-based workouts, and fusion sessions, and are aimed for individuals who like a group class experience.
2. Virtual personal training:
Designed for those who want a similar experience to a one-on-one personal training session, virtual personal training alternatives include workouts tailored to your experience, goals, and lifestyle. As you advance through the specific programme, you can analyse and re-evaluate your goals and fitness level.
3. Equipment-based training:
Bikes, treadmills, and other home-based fitness equipment allow you to interact with a live or recorded workout as well as an online community in real-time or afterward.
Try before you buy
Because not all virtual fitness services are free, you must do your research before and to ensure that the programme is right for you.
Affinity Health recommends you choose a programme that offers a free trial period before making a commitment. Also, be aware of any hidden costs or automatic renewals or upgrades, and always read the user agreement in full before beginning.
While there are no regulations requiring education or certifications for fitness programmes or personalities, you can always inquire whether the organisation is certified by an accredited, reputable organisation.
No matter which form of fitness you choose, it’s recommended that you talk to your doctor before starting an exercise programme, especially if you have a chronic health condition.
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