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Online Fitness Programs

Personal trainers and gym memberships are not the only way to get fit.With the help of the Internet, anyone seeking to increase their fitness level can now find a variety of fitness and workout programs online that are effective and available at a nominal cost or free.

Different Sites. Different Options.
Slimtree.com focuses on overall health and is known for its videos featuring exercise categories such as aerobics, Pilates and yoga. A certified instructor and an assistant or professional model host every video. Slimtree also offers an online community for support and online tools like a BMI (body mass index) calculator. Free trial account registration allows a limited access membership.You can upgrade to full access and receive a 12-month “gym”membership, personal journals, food and fitness calculators and health articles.

SparkPeople.com is one of the largest online diet and healthy lifestyle communities with more than eight million registered members. The site is free. SparkPeople offers a fitness tracker, demonstration videos (on everything from the use of a balance ball to resistance bands to Pilates), fitness articles, reasonably priced fitness products, and motivation and support through its online community to help you reach your goals.Most of the exercise videos last 10 to 20 minutes and adapt to many different fitness levels.

At myexerciseplan.com, members receive a health and fitness assessment, a personalized 35-page plan based on goals and fitness preferences, as well as three-dimensional demonstration videos of all exercises in the program, schedules, trackers, a question and answer feature, and motivational tools. A one-year membership currently runs about $60.

The President’s Council on Fitness Sports and Nutrition offers workout guidelines for children, adults and seniors. The free science-based workout guidelines include aerobic and musclestrengthening activities that benefit children from age six, to adults and seniors.

If you enter in your age, height and weight, Fitness.com will come up with an exercise and workout program to get you in to better shape. The service is free.

Using the Technology
Make sure you have a computer with sufficient capacity to access the service of your choice and that you have adequate computer memory to run the programs and demonstration videos. Exercise videos and demonstrations typically can be viewed full screen, and you can exercise in front of your computer, or through your television if your computer connects to your television.

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