Remember when conference calls and video chats seemed like an amazing futuristic innovation? And then they became so everyday we found ourselves tied to the computer around the clock? Well being stuck behind the screen is no longer an excuse to not work out! Here at SHAPE we’ve been turned on to Skyper-cise and it is changing our lives! If you don’t have time, or can’t afford to meet with a trainer, or sign up for a fancy gym, you can log on to Skype and work out “alongside” friends, take a class, or be coached by your own trainer. So next time you’re stuck at the office after everyone has cleared out, log on and do a class before finishing those reports, bring your laptop while traveling and work out from your hotel room, or set up a time to “meet” friends for a sweat session in the a.m.—whatever works for you.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to Skyper-cise:
Work with a certified personal trainer from JWW Fitness. Just give the trainers one hour a week and they’ll schedule a 60-minute private training session starting at $165 a month.
Connect with friends via Skype group video calling for an at-home Zumba party. Why it’s better than sweating solo? One word. Accountability. And Fun. Ok, two.
If you love yoga check out Yoga Bliss Junkie a yoga instructor based in Vancouver who offers Skype lessons to people across the globe.
Access your personal trainer or check out the latest workout plan while on-the-go with Skype video calling on your mobile device (available on the iPhone, iPad or Android).
If you’re like us, and took dance classes as a kid but have no outlet for it now, you’ll love Ballet Beautiful, based in New York City, which uses Skype to conduct ballet lessons.
Need a larger screen than your laptop to nail that new Pilates move (we do)? Try Skype on your TV or Blu-ray player instead.
As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.