When you need a quick workout at home, to watch videos on Youtube can give you a plethora of possibilities. A fast search for the type of exercise you want to do and how long you want to do it (for example, barre, 20 minutes) yields dozens, if not hundreds, of videos. The simplicity of finding a workout, on the other hand, contrasts with the necessity to be on the lookout for red signs in terms of exercise safety, workout quality, and workout messaging tone.
Watch Videos On YouTube To Exercise At Home?
No one is evaluating your technique or making particular safety tips when you follow an at-home fitness video. Exercise adaptations should be included by the person leading the workout, and you should do what feels correct for your body and level of fitness. You can also look for workouts that have other persons demonstrating the modifications in the video.
Anyone, certified or not, can upload a workout video on Youtube. Look up the information for the Youtuber’s channel. They will most likely display this information if they have qualifications. Certifications, such as those offered by ACE, guarantee that the individual leading the class has demonstrated the required level of expertise. You can check the credentials of the teacher by going to the US Registry of Exercise Professionals.
The design of the class is another approach to judge the quality of a workout. Warm-up, primary workout, cool-down, and stretching are all basic practices in exercise classes. However, YouTube videos frequently skip over the other components or present them in shortened form. However, there are a few simple solutions:
- If there isn’t a warm-up, pause the video and march in place for the entire song (3-5 minutes). Remember that the goal of the warm-up is to get your body ready for the more intensive action that will come next. Make sure your warm-up sufficiently prepares you for the main workout.
- Restart the video to repeat the warm-up if you do not feel ready for the main workout after the warm-up. Pause the video and continue with the warm-up if the warm-up is 30 seconds long and the following action is burpees.
- If you don’t have time for a cool-down or your heart rate is too high after the main workout, repeat some of the movements from the main workout at a lower intensity. Toe taps forward, side, and back, for example, can replace lunging ahead, side, and back. The cool-down should be same in length and intensity as the warm-up.
- Consider the muscles involved in the video if there isn’t a stretch component. How many push-ups did you do? Make a chest stretch. Squats? Stretch the hamstrings, glutes and quadriceps.
Finally, keep moving and listening to your body. You can switch it up and continue your workout with a more pleasant activity if the exercise in the video is too difficult or uncomfortable for you. Up/down/up/down movement, in which one exercise is done standing and the heart rate rises, followed by an exercise on the floor and then another standing exercise, is another red indicator to watch for. Dizziness can be caused by repeated up and down movements, so avoid them. Over the length of the movie, the exercises should progress from up to down or down to up.
Messages in the Workout
The person leading the workout has the power to affect the video’s audience, which is why the instructor’s words should be taken seriously. Is the person in charge of the video encouraging and motivational or dismissive and body-shaming? When you move your body, you should feel good, therefore if you need to, switch to another film.
Keep an eye out for product promotions as well. As a source of money, many Youtubers receive video sponsorships to advertise products. Product advertising isn’t always positive or negative, but it can have an impact on the messages you receive. You shouldn’t be told that you need a specific substance to do a certain workout when you don’t.
To view on Youtube, make a list of the following videos:
- Warm-up: Increase your heart rate slowly.
- Exercise: Exercises are in a logical order; they progressively go from up to down or down to up throughout the duration of the movie; they are not up/down/up/down for each exercise; they are fun to do.
- Heart rate gradually drops as you cool down.
- Stretch: The muscles that are employed in the exercises are stretched, and the range of motion is addressed.
- Positive/motivating language is used by the instructor, and exercise adaptations are offered.
You’ll connect with certain Youtube instructors and not with others, just like you would in real life. Make a list of several movies you’d want to attempt; if the first one doesn’t work out, you’ll have another ready to go, and your training time won’t be lost looking for something else to do.
While doing out with a licensed fitness professional is preferable, being able to detect red signs when working out at home using Youtube can help you decide whether to stop or continue.