High tech has made a lot of things in our lives easier, but one thing it has made more difficult: coming up with valid excuses not to exercise. It’s too cold or hot, my neighbourhood is unsafe, I can’t afford a gym membership, I don’t have anyone to exercise with, my baby is sleeping, I work odd hours, etc, etc. On demand workouts have virtually eliminated these excuses.
On demand workouts are exercise opportunities that come to you—at home or in the office. As long as you have a TV, desktop, laptop, or tablet—even a smartphone–you’re ready to rumble. No more excuses, and you can exercise at your convenience in your grubbiest clothes if you want to! No need to drive anywhere or hassle with the weather. Perhaps the most difficult part of this process is choosing what you want to do: jazzercise, easy aerobics, Pilates, yoga, cardio dance, ab workouts, stretching, strength training, Zumba—the list goes on.
You can choose your on-demand workouts from a variety of sources. Let’s start with the free ones.
1. Public library. You can borrow exercise CDs from your local library for zero. Although you can keep the CDs for a limited time only, you also have the option of borrowing different types of exercise workouts. Reserve them through the interlibrary borrowing system and your selection could be quite extensive.
2. On-Demand TV. If you have on-demand programming as part of your cable service, you probably can access a wide range of free exercise programs. Although cable isn’t free, if you’re already paying for the service, why not take full advantage of the exercise options!
3. YouTube exercises. You can find short exercise routines to complete exercise classes on YouTube. Just use the “search” option and plug in your desired workout.
4. iTunes. Here you can get both free and paid exercise options. Hint: If you find a paid exercise workout you like, see if it’s also available on YouTube for free. Some of them are!
5. Website trainers. There are many websites where you can pay a monthly subscription fee and take part in online exercise classes as well as get personal advice from a real (virtual) trainer. Some of those sites include (in alphabetical order) Daily Burn, Hitch Fit, iBodyFit, Train Online, Workout Box, and Workouts On Demand. Most of them offer free online exercises and/or a free trial period so you can try out their programs.
The one thing none of these on-demand exercise opportunities can provide you is initiative. That has to come from you! With so many choices and a chance to exercise in the privacy of your own home, what are you waiting for?
Written by Deborah Mitchell. Deborah Mitchell is passionate about personal health and the well-being of animals and the planet. She has authored, coauthored, and ghostwritten more than 40 books, contributes regularly to several websites, and shares information on physical, emotional, and spiritual health on her blog, deborahmitchellbooks.com.
Daily Burn. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
Hitch Fit. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
iBodyFit. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
Train Online. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
Workout Box. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
Workouts On Demand. Retrieved October 19, 2015.