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Many of us find ourselves struggling to make decisions about everyday tasks and lifestyle activities—and that includes exercise. Experts call this ‘decision fatigue’ and its part of a wider trend caused by the almost infinite growth of choices in all areas of life. With a million things to choose from, how is one supposed to decide what to do, let alone what workout to book?
We decided to get a little *extra* creative when it came to fitness and beating decision fatigue. Introducing the MINDBODY Fitness Fortune Teller!
At MINDBODY we’re big fans of helping you make informed choices about your fitness and wellbeing. We know that mixing up your fitness routine can boost motivation and keep workouts fresh. So, as a bit of fun, we’ve produced a Fitness Fortune Teller to help you select your next workout or wellness session.
Remember fortune tellers made out of loose leaf paper from your school days? Yep, we thought so! The principle was (and still is!) simple; download and assemble your Fitness Fortune Teller, pair up with a friend and ask them to pick a colour and number. You can then use the Fitness Fortune Teller to help pick a fitness or wellness activity that you can easily book on the MINDBODY app!
From interval training to meditation, the Fitness Fortune Teller has a workout or wellness activity that can fit any activity level. The sections include:
HIIT - Get a short burst of high-intensity cardio.
Weight training - Book a gym or free weight session for strength and fitness.
Yoga - Mix up your yoga—try Vinyasa flow, Yin or Bikram.
Run - Hit the treadmill for intense interval sessions.
Aerobics -Try boxercise, dance cardio or spinning.
Meditation- Relax and reconnect yourself with guided meditation.
Pilates -Improve flexibility, endurance and core strength.
Spin - Push yourself on the indoor bike with intense interval training.
Now that you’ve checked out the Fitness Fortune Teller, here are some of our favorite tips on keeping your workouts fresh and fun!
1. Plan ahead: Schedule your workout in advance, in the morning when your mind is at its clearest.
2. Find the right fit: Use the MINDBODY app to find your workouts fast! With easy-to-use search filters, select a studio close to you and find the fitness classes you want.
3. Don’t aim for perfection and make the most of every workout.
That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the fray. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.
Let’s break this down:
1. Scheduling convenience
A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine.
2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19
And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.
With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room.
We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.
With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours.
4. Working out without a commute
My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work.
Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?
We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind.