Workout from home: New mantra for fitness lovers – Times of India

Workout from home: New mantra for fitness lovers – Times of India

Kolkata: For a large section of the population WFH (work from home) has been one of the most popular acronyms in the last couple of years. But there is another group for whom it also means ‘workout from home’. With gymnasiums and other fitness centres, where workout happens in groups, shut down by the government to stop the spread of Covid-19, several individuals have turned to digital mode to get their daily dose of exercise.
From zumba to cardio, from yoga to strength training, living rooms in many homes are quickly transforming into workout zones.
Binita Sen’s instructor Angela now leads people in a full-body workout from her home over Instagram live, a far cry from her gymnasium in New Alipore.
“Since all gymnasiums have been shut down my instructor goes live on Instagram four times a week and I join in for my workout along with many others. Since we don’t have all the equipment at home we mostly do basic exercises to stay in shape,” said the homemaker from Behala.
Most popular exercises have been yoga and pilates, two disciplines which do not require equipment and focus on flexibility and strength.
“During the second wave my instructor started sending out pre-recorded videos, a practice which has resumed again during the third wave. Good thing is I can use these to workout anytime and don’t have to go online at any specific time,” said Abhishek Ghosh, a businessman from Naktala.
Many fitness centres are not charging their members extra for the digital sessions and it is already included in their subscription.
Digital platforms are flooded with fitness apps and exercise tutorials as more and more people are taking up some fitness routine since the start of the pandemic.
Several individuals are saying they are doing workout sessions more since gyms have shut down since the beginning of this year. “Firstly, it is working as a distraction from all Covid news around me. Secondly, since the gymnasium is shut I don’t have to travel physically which has made the proposition of working out at home more attractive,” said Ruchi Gupta, a Lake Town resident.
Several trainers and fitness experts have started conducting sessions online. “Any form of exercise has to be done regularly for progress. So our clients cannot take a long break otherwise they will have to start from scratch. That is why I decided to conduct classes online,” said Samaresh Ghosh, a yoga instructor in New Town.
For Diya Banerjee, an English language trainer in a corporate group, her living room is her office during the day and transforms into a gym in the evening. “Going by my experience during the first and second wave, I had purchased some gym equipments last year. I am using the equipments to workout at home. I think I might not go back to the gym again and continue to workout at home,” said Banerjee.

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