With gyms and fitness centres shut, restrictions imposed on movement during the lockdown, virtual forms of workout became increasingly popular during that period.

 “It was convenience at its best. I could schedule my workout depending on my office routine, and the forms of workout on the app were aplenty. Since it was all guided, I knew exactly how to do a certain exercise,” says Pulkit Chandwani, for whom application based exercise end up being valuable in keeping up a work-life balance in the midst of the lockdown. While he continued cycling whenever limitations were lifted, helpless air quality constrained this Delhi-based finance manager to relinquish the thought. 

Toward the start of the lockdown in March-end, exercise centers and wellness focuses were closed, compelling rec center addicts — including a large group of famous people — to take the online course to remain fit. Be that as it may, not long after limitations were lifted on development, wellness aficionados gradually continued outside wellness exercises. Notwithstanding, this pattern was brief, for ascend in Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi-NCR has constrained inhabitants to remain inside.

Positively, virtual exercises spell comfort, however how viable would they say they are, in genuine sense? “Exercising at home means protection from pollution as well as Covid-19. You work out using basic equipment instead of hi-tech machines, and you have endless choices. All you need is to get up, join a session and work out. You don’t need any equipment or a lot of space, either,” says Dr Rohini Patil, a nutritionist and wellness master.

With an ever increasing number of individuals taking to virtual exercises, we’ve returned to the pre-innovation time wherein one doesn’t need any extravagant hardware to remain fit. Things, for example, steps, tables, seats, and so forth have now supplanted treadmills and free weights, feels Pooja Banga, who specialises in sports nourishment. She adds, “There are 1000s of free workouts available across the internet and that too, according to your level of fitness, and are quite effective.”

An exercise with least gear is something that Abhishek Singh Thakur, a wellness coach who has been leading on the web meetings, likewise puts stock in. “Your body does not know if you are working out in a gym or at home; it only knows the resistance required. The workout I make my clients do is based on bodyweight exercises and is done using some household items such as a bucket full of water, which can be used to train our bicep, legs, back and shoulders,” he says.

Another favorable position of virtual exercises, specialists feel, is the plenty of choices one has. Be it zumba, pilates, yoga, vigorous exercise — it’s all accessible at the dash of a catch. Additionally, one could choose an individual instructional course opposite gathering meetings.

Yet, in the event that not guided accurately, such exercises can accomplish more mischief than anything. “One has to be very careful in choosing a trainer. The trainer should make sure your body formations are correct while exercising so that you don’t get any injury,” alerts Manisha Chopra, a nutritionist and wellness master, adding, “A fitness regime requires a proper trainer who can understand your body, guide you from time to time and make you exercise according to your body type.”

Thakur, as well, demands working out at home under direction. “I check my clients’ workout techniques and body forms on video call and give instructions all through,” he says, adding, “If any of my client has any injury, I make sure I get thorough information about it, analyse the body segment, ask them about the pain in detail. According to that, I suggest them the exercises they can perform easily through guidance, and also keep a tab on their condition.”

Nonetheless, Dr Chitra Kataria, senior physiotherapist at a Delhi-based clinic, suggests ordinary types of exercise for those with any illness: “Elderly citizens and those who have conditions like arthritis or pain in cervical spine should opt for physical workout so that instructors are able to understand the pain threshold better.”

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