Restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic have led countless gyms across the country (and worldwide) to make significant changes to their operations. Even in areas where gyms are allowed in-person workouts, many people are still uncomfortable with the idea of sweating it out in large groups. In order to stay in business and keep their customers satisfied, many fitness centers have transitioned to online classes.
You may be thinking, why wasn’t that a popular thing before the pandemic? What could be better than getting in shape without having to leave the comfort of your own home?
The truth is, online classes are more convenient and often more cost-effective. But sticking with a fitness regimen without the discipline of going to a gym every day can be quite challenging. That’s why we’ve provided some practical, budget-friendly advice on how your family can best use online classes to your advantage — from designating a workout space to perusing the wide selection of classes at Gentle East Taekwondo to participating in a community:
Make a space.
If you don’t have a designated space to do your online workouts, you’ll probably find it difficult to stay motivated on a day-to-day basis, which means you’ll waste money on classes that you skip. This is especially the case if you are using your home for even more activities than you used to, such as work and school. Figure out how much space you need for your classes, and dedicate a special spot in your home that will help you compartmentalize and focus on your fitness.
Get the stuff you need.
Along with having a workout space, invest in gear and clothes that will help you get the most out of your exercise routine and encourage you to stay consistent. Of course, any time you start buying new things, it’s easy to go over budget. However, by using deal sites, you can find a variety of coupons, cashback offers, and other savings opportunities for major retailers. For instance, use a Nike promo code on your next purchase to knock the price down significantly.
Choose a class you’ll enjoy.
You also may find it hard to stay consistent in your exercise routine if you sign up for classes that you know you won’t really like. Sure, you can power through a routine that you hate for a certain amount of time, but if you choose a class you enjoy, you won’t dread it every day, and you’ll be more likely to stick with it. Gentle East Taekwondo offers a wide range of live and virtual classes for young children, adults, families, and more!
In most cases, your online instructor will have you muted during classes. So why shouldn’t you be playing your favorite music in the background to keep you motivated? Use a free platform like Spotify or Google Play to create several different playlists for your workouts that include a little something for each person in your family, and tailor your selections to the type of workouts you will be doing.
Working out is better when other people are involved, and it can be a great opportunity to socialize. Use the chat functions on Zoom, chat apps, or other platforms to stay connected to other individuals in your online classes. And if your family members aren’t able to join you for a class, invite a friend to join, which your instructor may allow you to do free of charge.
If you want to get the most out of your online fitness classes, you need to come at it with a strategy. Designate a workout space in your home, and use savings opportunities to keep your gear and equipment purchases within budget. Pick an online class that you will enjoy, create some playlists of your favorite music, and take advantage of the social aspects of online classes. In no time, you’ll be realizing the benefits of live and/or virtual classes and getting in the best shape of your life!
Are you looking for top-notch martial arts classes for you or your family? Get in touch to see what Gentle East Taekwondo offers!