Working out on your own time can be the ONE thing that people need out of being able to squeeze in a work multiple times a week. Sadly, when it comes to actually feeling motivated, this can be harder said than done when you are left to just you and yourself on your living room floor. Many people turn to streaming workouts, workout DVD’s, workout apps, and YouTube to find someone to lead them through a workout. For those that turn to things like streaming workouts, here are tips for getting the most out of your streaming workout.
Watch Through It First
If you can, it is ideal to watch through the workout first. This way you will know what to expect during the workout. Not only will you know what to expect but you will be more efficient in your transitions when you have an idea as to what is going to come next. Plus, you won’t have to keep looking up at the screen which can cause you some major neck alignment issues. If you are performing a plank, the last thing you want to do is have to look up at the TV which could really hurt your neck.
Not to go against what we just mentioned but it is super important to pay attention when you can. A streaming workout means you have a visual for every exercise move which is far more beneficial than reading a workout online. So if you can’t watch the streaming workout all the way through first, then at least watch the instructor perform a rep or two before you do to understand what the instructor expects and to watch their alignment, posture, and execution.
The best thing about working out along with a streaming workout is that it is almost like there is a personal trainer right there with you. Listen to what they have to say. If you are streaming a workout, then you should be free of loud noises at the gym, someone walking by that smells bad and distracts you or the awful music blaring through the speakers. Your environment should allow for you to listen to the instructor and really concentrate on what they are saying. When they say inhale, you inhale. When they say engage your abs and relax your neck, you engage your abs and relax your neck.
Pause If You Need To
Depending on how you are steaming your workout, you should be able to pause the workout. This gives you a great advantage for not missing anything or the instructor getting too ahead. You will still want to work hard and not pause the workout just to pause it, but only pause it when you really need to take a break. Additionally, being able to pause it will allow you to pause the instructor and really focus on what you are doing for a couple repetition. What does the exercise feel like, what muscles are you engaging, etc. Taking moments like this really helps to strengthen your mind muscle connection.