TIPS FOR USING VIRTUAL Y OKC

So you’ve decided to check out Virtual Y, but only one problem – you're not sure where to start. I’ve combed through the site with fresh eyes to try and give you the best tips for using this online exercise platform.

Tip #1: Start with what’s most comfortable 
If you're more into strength training, complete those videos first. If you’re used to yoga, watch those before moving to others, and likewise for HIIT workouts. It's easiest to get comfortable doing an instructor-led workout in front of a screen when it's a familiar exercise routine. It’s way less intimidating when you already know what to expect.

Tip #2: Create a schedule
One of the best things you can do to ensure a successful workout regimen is plan ahead. At the beginning of the week, plan what kinds of workouts you’d like to do and then map them out on a calendar. Since you know your body better than anyone else, you come up with which days you’ll do which exercises.

For example, let’s say I know I want to do cardio, a HIIT workout, yoga and general strength-training. It’s hard to workout on the weekends with my husband and kid home all day, so I’ll designate my intentional exercise days as Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Since I’m working from home, I’ll do each one during lunch.

  1. I like running (alright, you caught me – walk/jogging) around the neighborhood for a good cardio workout, so I will check the weather on Sunday. Looks like Monday is the best day to do that.
  2. If I’m doing full-body strength-training, I’ll need a day off to recover, so I’ll plan to do that on Tuesday.
  3. The middle of the week can feel extra stressful sometimes, so I’ll plan to do yoga on Thursday.
  4. I love a good Friday workout to blow off some steam as I head into the weekend, so I’ll plan for the HIIT class that afternoon.

It can really be that simple.

Tip #3: Don’t overdo it
No, seriously. It can be easy to lose track of time when you’re working out from home. It can also be tempting to try out every single video on the platform. Don’t do it. Stick to your schedule! You’ll be better off and won’t get burnt out as quickly.

Tip #4: Have all your equipment ready to go
Before you start your workout, check to see what kind of equipment is needed for the class. If you see any equipment listed that you don’t have at home already, make sure you’ve got good substitutions if you plan to use more than your body weight. We’ve got a great article with ideas on good at-home alternatives.

Having everything ready to go also saves you time so you’re not scrambling around trying to find what you need in the middle of the workout. I find gathering these substitutions helps me get into an exercise state of mind. I also get excited about seeing how these alternatives will hold up.

With these tips under your belt, you’ll be sure to have consistently great at-home workouts using Virtual Y OKC.

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