Is it Good or Bad for Me?
Many aspects of our lives have suffered a huge impact during the Covid-19 crises as a consequence of the restrictions put forward by many countries around the world since the beginning of 2020. One of the most impressive impacts was the quick migration to online meeting apps to replace business meetings, school classes, family reunions, fitness and dance classes, among other things.
We all had notice the rise in the numbers of apps, YouTube channels and Instagram accounts dedicated to share classes and video clips of exercises online in the past couple of years, but the post-Covid-19 era has seen an unbelievable increase of online movements classes. This new development has made us all wonder: Is exercising from home good or bad for our bodies and if so how can I identify the best options for my body’s needs?
On the upside of exercising from home we have first of all convenience. If you are pushed for time or you are someone who has difficulties leaving the house to get to your fitness classes this option is certainly a great choice for you. You can workout and get back to work right away and you can get ready for the class just a couple minutes before it starts. If you are trying a prerecorded class you can even workout in your pajamas! (Although I don’t know how smart that would be given you will probably have to wash it afterwards).
Another positive aspect of working out from home is that if you have to travel, either on holidays or for work, you do not have to interrupt your fitness practice, because all you need to attend your classes is a good internet connection and your phone, tablet or computer. In the case of prerecorded classes even if you do not have access to internet you can still make sure you keep your training sessions up-to-date.
Talking about prerecorded classes, they are perfect if you already have experience with movement and exercise and can lead your own movement practice safely and autonomously without necessary relying always on a teacher to guide you through each movement. They can also have great tips to help you achieve specific goals that you can work through on your own pace and at your discretion.
The online setting also allows you to take classes with instructors from around the world, allowing you to grow your experiences with different teaching styles and they also are often a cheaper option then in-person classes depending on the type of service you are looking for.
On the other hand, one of the downsides of taking online classes is that, depending on the set up of the class you might not get as much correction and guidance from the instructor as you would in a live scenario (in the case of prerecorded classes, apps and online classes with a high volume of attendants). In this case you would have make sure you pay extreme attention during the execution of the different exercises and if anything feels uncomfortable or painful you should stop the practice and contact a fitness consultant to guide you through what might be causing you discomfort and refer you to a medical professional in more serious cases.
You also might miss the social context of getting to a class and having a chat with your friends and classmates. If you are someone that likes to attend fitness classes also for the social experience, to make new friends and be part of the hustle and bustle of dance, yoga and Pilates studios and gyms online classes might not be the option for you. In the case of prerecorded classes, you might also miss the motivation that having someone attentively looking at you can give you what could help you improve the way you perform each one of the movements.
Similarly the internet connection (yes the internet made it into both sides!) can be a problem for many people and sometimes that can delay or even get in the way of you making it to your class. If you do not have a reliable internet connection or you always need to keep your video off during classes the online setting is probably not the best choice.
All things consider, how can I choose the best option for me? The first thing you should check is: how is your body, do you have any serious conditions that should be addressed? If your answer to that question is “yes” you probably should opt for live classes or private online sessions with a qualified professional and avoid prerecorded work until you have more awareness of your body and how to work it. Online classes with smaller numbers of students per session can also be beneficial. In any case, the best thing to keep in mind is that you should always consult your fitness instructor and talk to them whenever you are faced with discomfort, pain, challenge or any other issues during or after the classes. This is the only way they will be able to guide you in the best possible way.
The second thing you should ask yourself is: do I have enough knowledge of my own body, health condition and body awareness to be working out on my own? If your answer to this question is “no” then you should look for a trainer, fitness coach, or movement instructor to guide you. You still might be able to pursue your own practice, of course, but having someone that can give you specific tips and advice is crucial to guarantee progress and your safety while practicing exercises.
To conclude, the best thing you could do is make sure you have the support of qualified professionals whenever you start an online working out program and research carefully the options offered by the fitness program you are starting and their professionals before you commit to it (regardless of being in-person or online classes). More importantly, make sure that the program you choose is adequate to your needs so that you can be safe and make the most of all the benefits exercising can bring to your mind and body.
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Mobilise At Home!