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YouTube: Everyone’s New Favorite Gym

Have you ever wanted to workout but you didn’t think you had time to go to the gym? Or maybe the weather was so bad you didn’t want to risk your life to spend a few minutes on the treadmill? Here’s the perfect solution for a busy college student’s schedule, especially during the winter months.

My favorite way to exercise without leaving my room is by watching fitness videos on YouTube. They are quick, easy, and are the perfect way to fit a brief workout into the day. Some channels include Blogilates, BeFiT, Sarah Fit, and FitnessBlender. The workouts are short and there’s plenty of options to choose from to suit your needs and goals. Here are five reasons why you should try watching fitness videos on YouTube:

  1. Motivational and Fun

Cassey Ho, the host of Blogilates, is peppy and cheers you on throughout the entire video. She’s like your own personal trainer, but through a computer screen. She also makes workouts fun by creating song challenges, dance workouts, and movie themed workouts to push you to keep going.

  1. Variety

Another great thing about YouTube fitness is the diversity of workouts. It’s nice being able to pick what part of the body you would like to workout. In addition to the variety of workouts there are also different time ranges. Some videos are only three minutes long; others are nearly a half hour. This means you can always find a video to fit into your schedule. The last thing is that there is a mixture of workout difficulties. Blogilates features beginner videos all the way up through advanced workouts so there is a level for everyone.

  1. Seasonal and Special Occasion Workouts

There’s also workouts for specific seasons and occasions. For example, in the spring and summer Blogilates has a swimsuit slimdown series to help tone the parts of the body that we often worry about in the summer. She also has a cocktail dress series for when you need to get fit for a party. Even if you don’t want to do a video everyday, there’s a video for when it is important for you.

  1. Food Hacks

We all know that fitness isn’t just about exercising; diet plays an important role as well. On YouTube you can find all sorts of recipe videos, diet how-to’s, and tutorials. Many of the recipes are easy and give you healthy versions of your favorite foods like cake, macaroni and cheese, and ice cream.

  1. Helpful Components

Many fitness gurus on YouTube have lives outside of YouTube. This means you can find them on Instagram, Twitter, and even on their own personal websites for up-to-date fitness information all the time. After Blogilates videos began gaining more views, Cassey began an online site to post additional information. The site includes a workout calendar, meal plans, recipes, and an online shop. All this information is free; the only requirement is that you need to subscribe to her newsletter every month.

Fitness channels like Blogilates are the perfect mix of working out and learning about a healthy lifestyle. These videos can motivate you to follow your fitness goals without going crazy, works around your schedule, and can be done from the comfort of your own home. As the days get shorter and colder I recommend giving these videos a try!

By Lina Sullivan