Staying on top of your fitness regime is super important to ensure that your physical and mental health is in check. But when it comes to choosing a way to work out, you ideally need a routine which you can work into your schedule stress-free. Therefore, most people will find it more convenient to work out in the comfort of their own home, which makes streaming and DVDs a popular trend. And within this article we will explore the positive health benefits of streaming workouts at home compared to training at your local gym.

Health Benefits of Cardiovascular Workouts

Cardiovascular workouts are one of the easiest fitness routines to work into your day to day lives. And it also has a number of fantastic benefits to your health, both mentally and physically. Below we will explore the range of conditions which cardio can help reduce the symptoms of along with the physical benefits to your mind and body. Here are the positive effects of cardio training:

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Stabilizes blood sugar
  • Reduces symptoms of Asthma
  • Relieves chronic pain
  • Great for insomnia
  • Excellent for weight loss
  • Improves your immune system
  • Increases cognitive function
  • Mood booster
  • Strengthens bones and muscles

Cardiovascular training on the whole is very beneficial to your health; however there are some conditions which you may need to consult your doctor about before performing them. These are such as joint and muscle injuries, unstable blood pressure and any major lung and heart conditions. Unfortunately if your doctor does advise against cardio workouts you should definitely heed their advice, and remember, there is still lower intensity training which they can suggest you try to keep in shape.

Types of Cardio Streaming Workouts

When you stream workouts online via YouTube or other platforms, you are able to choose from a variety of workouts. The most popular ones to take part in at home are those targeted at the core, arms and legs; however there are also additional types of cardio training you can do:

  • Weight training
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Rowing
  • Boxing
  • Skipping

How Streaming Workouts is Comparable to Gym Classes?

Although streaming cardio workouts are increasing in popularity, their basis is still the same as those of physical classes at the gym. But they do have some slight differences along with similarities, therefore within this section of the article we are going to look at how streaming workouts compares to gym classes.

The main significant difference between the two is that to stream workouts you only need an internet connection and appropriate device to train in the comfort of your own home. Whereas, for a gym class you would need to attend your local leisure centre at a scheduled time. This is the most prominent reason as to why people are choosing to stream sessions online rather than going to the gym.

Another difference is the fact that by taking part in cardio activities at home, you do not get the same social aspects as if you were physically at a class. Although you are following a trained professional who can motivate you, you do not get the same effect as being motivated by your peers.

And finally, the last difference between the two types of cardio training is that when at your local facility you get access to professional equipment. But if you are streaming at home, you will have to purchase the relevant gear needed depending on what type of workout you are doing.

Both of these types of sessions are performed by a qualified trainer which means that you are getting the same quality of teaching during the routine. However, when streaming cardio you feel like you are having a one on one with the trainer compared to just focusing on their voice and a glance in the training room. You also will have access to a number of different trained professionals on the online platforms whereas you will only have a handful of trainers at your local facility.

Drawbacks of Streaming Workouts

Although we have looked into the benefits of streaming cardio workouts compared to the gym classes, now is the time to look at the drawbacks. In this section of the blog we are going to look at the few negative aspects of this training regime:

  • No physical access to a trainer
  • Requires stable internet connection

As you are streaming the workout at home, you are unable to have physical access to a personal trainer. Therefore they are unable to check your form during the session, as a result of this you may find that you might lighten your intensity of the workout or skip parts of the routine which you find difficult. This seems much easier to do at home as the trainer isn’t physically there to motivate and push you to succeed.

And also, as this is heavily reliant on a stable internet connection, you may find that the sessions may have trouble playing. This may be down to the fact that the videos will buffer when your connection isn’t as strong therefore you will miss parts of routines or are likely to skip the workout if the video is not working. Another aspect of this is the fact that when you are travelling you would need to purchase internet credits to watch your stream. But unfortunately most hotel Wi-Fi and mobile data signals aren’t that strong in certain regions so you will have the problem of buffering.

Have You Tried Streaming a Cardio Workout?

Throughout this article we have explored the ways in which streaming cardio workouts could benefit your health along with your busy lifestyle. Comparing it to attending a gym class and the drawbacks of the task, we have covered all bases with this regime. However, we would like to know your thoughts on this type of workout. Have your ever given it a go, and do you think that this could be a revolutionary way for everyone to stay on top of their fitness?

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This article was written exclusively for Sports Fitness by Loren Astbury