Now that we are more than a year into the pandemic, you may feel like an expert logging onto a livestream class or a Zoom session or another online platform for your workouts. Or maybe you still are hesitant to try exercising at home with a virtual instructor. We’ve put together a checklist to help ensure you have a good experience with virtual exercise classes – at least until your favorite fitness center reopens and you can work out in person again!
- Prepare Your Exercise Space
Make sure you have enough open space to move easily and safely. Avoid anything that can hurt you, such as tripping on an uneven surface or bumping into the hard edge of a table. Have any exercise gadgets ready for use, along with a workout towel, bottle of water, and yoga mat if needed.
- Arrive on Time
Log into the session on time so you can hear what the instructor has planned for the class and you don’t miss a beat. If they will be using any exercise accessories, you can be sure to have them on hand. Catching the entire class also allows you to participate in any warmup period, which is always smart.
- Turn Your Video On
Instructors welcome the chance to see you exercising. It personalizes the experience and gives the instructor an opportunity to offer helpful suggestions for how to improve your form. You may feel more motivated too knowing that you are being observed.
- Ask Questions
If the instructor invites questions or comments, be sure to speak up with any concerns you have. Instructors are happy to help you, but you need to let them know what’s on your mind.
- Modify the Moves
Listen to your body. If an exercise doesn’t feel right for you, don’t do it. If you know a modification, do that instead. You can always skip the current exercise and do your favorite stretch, grab a drink, or simply catch your breath as you wait for the next round.
- Stay Focused
Do not let anything get in the way of your workout. Pretend you are away from home in an exercise studio, with no distractions from ringing phones, text messages, kids yelling for you, dogs barking, or anything else. Treat the class as “me time” and enjoy this time to improve your fitness.
- Mix It Up
You may be a HIIT devotee, but for total fitness, it is smart to take a variety of classes that work your body in different ways. Try yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, or any other class that’s offered. Again, if you have questions about the routines, speak up. The instructor should want to give you their expert guidance.
- Be a Regular
If you enjoy the class and the instructor, schedule the sessions into your week so you become a regular participant. Consistency leads to better results!