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For those of us who like our “alone time” exercise can be a nice way to get away and have space. Sometimes we like to exercise with a workout buddy but can’t seem to coordinate it. Solo workouts can still be satisfying with planning, and a little help from technology. Some kind of audio, video, or reminder can provide structure to what we do and when we do it, which can help keep us on track.
In researching for this post, I couldn’t believe how many options are out there now! The variety is amazing and it includes things like: yoga, core strength, interval training, and you can focus on different body parts individually.
If you are a cable subscriber, with the right plan you have workout videos right there on demand for no additional cost. Without cable, you still have options.
We have a Roku, and there are paid channels like Daily Burn and Sportskool and also free channels, if you’re willing to put up with ads. Youtube even has videos for free as well as some subscriber-only channels. Netflix and Amazon have plenty of options included (We have Amazon Prime and wow!).
Apps to Keep You Moving
Keeping track of progress, either on paper or with a form of technology is part of staying on track. It can make you get real with yourself, and you can see even the smallest amounts of progress, which can be motivating!
Both the Apple and Android App stores have a huge variety of apps to keep you going. When I was actively watching the “Walking Dead”, I got into “Zombies! Run!”. You can do free scenarios or unlock all the workouts for a one-time fee. It’s an entertaining way to keep you moving while hearing a story at the same time. If you’re not into zombies, there are tons of other Couch to 5K programs that guide you through the gradual buildup with your own music in the background.
Of course, if you have an activity tracker like Fitbit, there are the apps that pair with your device and give let you visually monitor your progress – that’s what did it for me last year. I had a daily goal and “orbited” our powder room or went for a quick walk to top off my steps and reached my goal almost every day!
A new app I just discovered and am in love with is Runkeeper. You can use GPS or map out your regular route, and it calculates the distance for you. It will keep you moving with verbal updates and you can tailor the plan to meet your own goals. It has a community where you can add your friends, or just cheer on new friends.
One of the most popular apps is My Fitness Pal, where you can not only keep track of your progress but to log food intake. You can set goals based on caloric needs and share your progress with friends (who can keep you accountable!).
Fitness Video Games
If you have a gaming system, you don’t have to use it just to sit on the couch and exercise your fingers. You can really work up a sweat with some of the games that are out there. I have a dirty little secret, I still use my Wii Fit. I have games from Nintendo and from EA Sports Active and can really get a good workout. There are set routines or you can create your own workout with the exercises you want. The series of Just Dance games are also fun and you can even do it with the kids.
Getting active by yourself can be a real challenge, but we are lucky to live in this day and age with so many options out there to keep us going!
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