Bring Your Workout INDOORS this Winter

Many people shy away from exercise during the winter because of the cold temperature, shorter days and snow covered sidewalks. But, exercise is important all year round, especially for people living with or at risk for diabetes.
Joining a gym is a great option for exercising indoors, but for some people the gym can be intimidating, expensive and inconvenient. For those who want to exercise year round, but don’t want to join a gym, online exercise videos may be the answer!

Some of the benefits of online fitness videos include:
• Can be done in the comfort of your own home
• Can be done at a time that is convenient for you
• There are a variety to choose from so you can keep your workout interesting
• Some are free of charge and require little or no exercise equipment.
• Can be done at your own pace. Need a break? Simply press pause and rest.

The following are a few examples of free online exercise videos:
Jessica Smith TV
Jessica Smith is a Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor who has worked in the fitness industry for over 15 years. She holds certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, National Academy of Sports Medicine and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. Jessica’s website offers free workout videos for a variety of fitness levels that require little or no equipment.

Spark People
Spark People is a website that provides free online health and fitness resources. Their contributors include Registered Dietitians, Certified Personal Trainers and Fitness Instructors, Chefs and Medical Doctors (read about their contributors and their credentials here:
This site offers a variety of short workout videos, including many seated exercise videos for those with limited mobility.

Fitness Blender
I like Fitness Blender because it offers a wide variety of free exercise videos, and the website allows you to search for a workout based on the length, difficulty, calorie burn, type of exercise or body focus. The workouts usually require nothing more than a yoga mat or a couple of hand weights. Unfortunately the website lists only that the video stars, Daniel and Kelli; are personal trainers, but doesn’t give any further information as to their qualifications.

Things to remember before using an online exercise video:

  • Remember to get clearance to exercise from your doctor if you are new to exercising and planning to exert yourself more than you would doing a brisk walk.
  • Exercise can be uncomfortable (think tiring, muscle fatigue, breathing heavy, sweaty) but should not be painful. If an exercise is painful, stop doing that movement and find a different way to exercise that part of your body. If you are new to exercise, start out slow and take breaks when you need them.
  • Although the above workout videos all state that they are being demonstrated by qualified fitness professionals, there is no way to verify those credentials. Keep this in mind while exercising and remember to stop if any part of the recommended exercise is painful or too intense for you.
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