The pandemic has radically changed some of our habits. Many appointments have become virtual, and if the video work sessions immediately bored us, playing sports thanks to Zoom has motivated many people to come back! Since the start of the first semi-lockdown, everyone has understood the importance of staying active. We remember the humorous program and yet servicielle of the RTS, Let’s move! with Simon Romang. Time savings, the comfort of your home, no need to move or change, the advantages are numerous, especially for mothers or commuters for whom every minute is precious … or for those who are phobic about the fitness atmosphere. And this trend is made to last, to see the success of the communities federated by fitgirls and fitboys with phenomenal success on social networks, thinking of Sissy Mua.
Marjorie Pidoux, an independent sports coach and physical education teacher, acknowledges the benefits of online sports by putting a few caveats: “Many of my regulars have been users of apps like Nike Training or Asana Rebel, who needed a surplus of motivation and intensity of effort. You must be able to hold out for a long time. I supervise groups of 3 or 4, which creates emulation. Alone in front of your screen, you are not so diligent.
Without supervision, the temptation is great to go and get a glass of water, or even to reply to a text message, which obviously reduces efficiency … Furthermore, even if they are moderate, the risks of getting hurt are: ” It is better to have some practice of this sport already, recalls the Vaudoise. I am amazed to see people doing simple exercises like squats the wrong way and potentially dangerous to their bodies! It is even more serious if we lift loads.
Fitness, yoga, the same struggle
The closure of the sports halls obliges, most of the yoga centers have tried to offer their lessons on Zoom (or any other live video tool). With shared feedback. Everyone recognizes that energy is not the same in a group or at a distance. Neuchâtel-based yoga teacher Pascale Maurissen has chosen to hold her classes online for a year but is beginning to feel the limits of the exercise: “At first people were motivated, but we still feel that the contact is weakening , and even with cameras, I can’t correct postures with precision ”. Opinion issued by most of the teachers, following the example of Laurence de Crousaz, also went live on Zoom, with in particular a morning lesson based on the passing of the seasons. “It allows for the convenience of exercising from home. To go further, people can try other services in private, stress management, ayurveda, head or face massages, etc. ”, Develops the yoga and relaxology practitioner, who officiates between Pully and Vétroz, in Wereworth.
While a reduction in size looms on the horizon, fitness rooms and yoga studios are still happy to find some normality. This is the case with Yogaworks in Lausanne, which does not offer online courses.
Applications and other digital platforms are often seen as complementary, but their proliferation testifies to a change in habits. More and more people appreciate the intimacy of face-to-face with a screen. Another area that has had to adjust to health restrictions, the Weight Watchers (renamed WW) diet coaching program has developed its online offering at the expense of popular meetings. No more weighing in public, welcome to the comfort of digital tools, point calculator, recipes, discussion boards and even … fitness videos!
The editor’s favorite apps
Yoga-inspired fitness sessions of 5 to 30 minutes: warm-up, breathing, followed by sheath exercises, strengthening, flexibility, then return to calm with the traditional savasana, complete relaxation on the back. Accessible enough not to lose motivation, a wide variety of sessions, nutritional advice and available in French, for a minimal price (from 59 euros per year). A free version gives access to some videos.
The favorite app of yoga teachers, who recognize some (American) celebrities, such as Annie Carpenter, Jason Crandell or Dice lida-Klein. The app allows you to practice yoga (all levels) but also offers Hiit, cardio, pilates and meditation sessions! And several live lessons a week … In English, for $ 24 a month or $ 195 for a year.
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Sissy Mua started from scratch 10 years ago, with videos shot in her living room in Nice, before building an empire around fitness. Her personality seduces (1.5 million Insta subscribers) and the feeling of belonging to a community helps with motivation. Various sports training to “become the best version of yourself”, but also nutrition, yoga, as well as derivatives (food, clothing). Decreasing price, around 15 euros per month, or 96 for a year, or even 198 for 3 years!
A complete yoga app for 64 francs a year. We choose the type of yoga, the duration, the music, the level, the type of explanations, long or short! The app creates a new session every time. Down Dog is available in 11 languages, including French, and also offers more muscular meditations and sessions (HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, and Barre, inspired by dance).
We forget it but it is an inexhaustible source of videos of all kinds. To treat yourself to a sports session where you sweat, or a special Full Moon yoga practice, an infinite choice, at any time, without registration, without download, for free!
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