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We are about to reach our prime here in the city. It is the most coveted time of the year—where Bostonians embrace the warm temperatures, sunshine, and longest days of the seasons. I truly believe this serves as the perfect time of the year to get fit. So, take a moment to set (or re-set) those fitness goals, block off some time on your calendar, and get moving!
Fortunately, living in Boston or the greater-Boston area provides excellent resources for you to get in a great workout. I use the MINDBODY app to add variety to my workout schedule and search for local group fitness classes. What I love most about the app is that it has a built-in filter that allows you to search for classes within a certain distance from your home and lists both last minute and introductory offers at a discount. If you have not downloaded the MINDBODY app, I highly recommend you do. The app is also super helpful because lots of fitness fanatics (like me) leave reviews. You can read the reviews and decide whether the fitness class is the “perfect fit” for you.
Taking group fitness classes is so rewarding. I just love being able to work out and sweat with a community of strong athletes of all levels who embrace the importance of living a healthy and fit lifestyle. Also, I have met some of the most inspirational people and found a wonderful support system through group fitness!
It is the people in these classes who hold you accountable and the positive atmosphere that makes you want to come back for more.
I must admit though, sometimes instead of classes; I do like to run outside and have alone time to myself. Did you know that according to Runners World, Boston was named the third best running city in America? If you would rather run, walk or bike on your own, I highly recommend:
There is nothing like being able to enjoy the great outdoors, while sightseeing and getting in an exciting workout.
So, there you have it—Boston provides a wealth of resources and places for you to be able to get fit. Start with one class, add another, and in a matter of time, you’ll be hooked on fitness. Lastly, do not forget: each of us is on our own fitness journey. Do not compare yourself to others. Your age, size, shape, and weight does not matter. Just do you. Walk confidently into the fitness room, do your thing, and remember to enjoy the experience!
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.