This is yet another guest post by: Beth Kelly freelance blogger and writer from Chicago, IL. She’s become passionate about healthcare and technology issues, and how the two can intersect to make life easier for anyone with chronic health issues. You can check out her previous guest post: Healthcare in the Digital Age: How the “Internet of Things” is Changing the Game. In her free time she’s an avid gardener and lover of silent films. You can find her on twitter @bkelly_88.
There are plenty of resources that encourage people to lose weight and get fit, but we often forget that our mental health is just as important as our physical well-being. I can be difficult to tune out the noise and unwind – especially while traveling. These five programs can be streamed from anywhere with an Internet connection, guiding you through exercises, yoga poses and meditation practices to help you better handle your busy life.
- Dirty Yoga
This no-nonsense yoga program is designed for active individuals looking for a workout to fit their hectic routines. Taught by one of the most sought after yoga instructors in New York City and created solely to be used online, Dirty Yoga is an easy and effective way to learn to do yoga in your free time. No need to go out early in the morning just to get a spot in an overcrowded studio. Instead, follow along with simplified, clearly explained movements that will help you feel relaxed in no time.
- Ballet Beautiful
These stretching and strength training videos inspired by ballet were created by Mary Helen Bowers, the renowned ballerina and fitness expert who prepared Natalie Portman for her role in the movie Black Swan. Through Ballet Beautiful, Bowers guides women through a series of exercises designed to tone and sculpt the body. Her stretching regimen can also help greatly increase flexibility and ease pain and muscle tightness.
- Physique 57
It’s not always convenient to go to the gym, even if you’d really like a workout. With Physique 57, you can have the perfect exercise session, whether at home or on the go. For a monthly subscription fee of just $57, you will gain access to a wide variety of videos guiding you through strength training, cardio, and even prenatal routines. All of these workouts are designed to make the body more flexible, while also toning the body to build lean, long muscles. These easy-to-follow resources make staying in shape simple, no matter where you are.
- Deepak’s Chopra Meditation
Some days are so chaotic that it can be hard to just find a moment to yourself. Even when you do, kids yelling, dogs barking and cars honking can easily intrude on your solitude, leading to tense muscles. When it seems difficult to turn off the rest of the world and find some quiet time, Deepak’s Chopra Meditation will help you refocus your thoughts on something more positive. These guided meditations will verbally lead you through your relaxing moments, helping to ease pain caused by sore, tight muscles so you can find some inner peace. There are several different meditative experiences available, and because they can be streamed right from the website, it’s easy to access them anywhere.
- Do Yoga with Me
If you’re looking for a workout that challenges you on a deeper level, Do Yoga With Me is the perfect fit. Not only are guided meditations available to help you shut off all of those racing thoughts, but you will also find yoga classes that will demand more of your body and help you achieve physical strength you never thought possible. With such an abundance of videos and audio tracks, you are likely to find an experience for any situation, whether you need to fall into a tranquil sleep or get energized for a new day.
When life gets hectic, it’s more important than ever to take some time out of your day to relax your body and your mind. These resources will help you strengthen your muscles, release pent up energy and find peace, even on your most chaotic days. To maximize the use and quality of these programs online, make sure you have fast broadband connection, available with providers like Google Fiber or Verizon FiOS, which will help in minimizing any disruptions. This will ensure you get the most out of your relaxation time. While these programs can be very beneficial, always make sure to check with your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen.