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As technology ever advances and our methods for staying healthy evolve, new workout and wellness options continue to become available — offering more ways to stay consistent with choices for both digital and in-person programs. While some people prefer their favorite in-person workouts, others now gravitate toward the flexibility of digital offerings.

“I have seen more people move to virtual workouts and fitness programming in the recent years,” says Zack Wilkinson, MS, Dynamic Personal Trainer for Life Time in San Antonio, Texas. “With garage-style gyms and not having to travel to go exercise, people are saving time and resources.”

Everyone’s preferences are different, of course: While one may prefer the quiet privacy of an on-demand video workout at home, someone else delights in the accountability and camaraderie of an in-person group fitness class — and both have their perks.

“In-club and virtual training are both beneficial to any workout routine,” Wilkinson says. “I have virtual clients who I also sometimes see in person and having that blend of interaction types can add value and extra encouragement.”

No matter what you prefer, experts agree that it’s best to maintain a regular exercise routine. We spoke with Wilkinson and Anna Taylor, Dynamic Personal Trainer at Life Time in Woodbury, Minn., to get their tips on staying consistent with your workout regimen, whether you’re going into a health club, exercising at home — or both.

If you prefer working out in person . . .

“Exercising with a group or simply among other people can be great for consistency and accountability, especially if you’re working with a Dynamic Personal Trainer,” says Taylor. “In-person interaction allows for more structured workouts, customizations, and tips on the fly, such as conversations about nutrition or modifications based on how your body is feeling that day.”

But even if you enjoy in-person interaction while exercising, there are many ways that digital wellness tools can benefit your routine:

  • If there’s a day you can’t make it into the club, don’t just skip your workout. Supplement with a quick on-demand cardio or strength-training workout in the Life Time app at home.
  • Need to wind down before bed? Try an on-demand yoga sequence or guided meditation to let your mind relax. You’ll find both in the Life Time app.
  • Working out at the club? Hop on a bike and use the Life Time app to live stream a cycle class or take one on demand.
  • Not working with a trainer but still want some direction for your workouts? Try one of the many complimentary workout programs available in the Life Time app.

If you prefer at-home workouts . . .

Digital workouts are here to stay — and your options will only continue to grow, from live streaming and on-demand classes to weekly workout plans for any goal.

“Digital workouts offer a different type of accountability and structure,” says Taylor. “Programming in the Life Time app allows you to work out at home or in the club, and either way, you know you’re working with top quality fitness professionals.”

“Exercising on your own can make it harder to stay accountable,” Taylor adds. “If your workout routine happens at home, try to stick with consistent days and times each week. Add this time to your calendar and think of it as a self-care meeting to improve your health.”

While the digital wellness space continues to expand, there are many benefits to going to your local health club and interacting in person:

  • Use weights or machinery you don’t have at home to make sure you’re continuing to make progress on your goals. Explore these equipment-based workouts for ideas.
  • Switch up your regular cardio routine with some laps or low-impact water workouts in the pool.
  • Schedule regular assessments with a fitness professional to evaluate your progress and adjust your plan accordingly.
  • Use recovery amenities you may not have access to such as a sauna, steam room, or whirlpool.
  • Consult with a Dynamic Personal Trainer to learn proper form and mechanics before taking your workouts virtual.

If you prefer a hybrid approach . . .

For some people, their workout setting just depends on the day. The season of life you find yourself in may dictate whether you’re able to make it to your favorite workout class or see your trainer in person — or if you’re squeezing in a quick bodyweight workout at home.

“Instead of committing to working out in a specific location, make a commitment to a specific goal,” Taylor advises. “It could be, for example, ‘I want to improve my body composition,’ or ‘I want to increase lean muscle and be fit for my kids.’ Once you have your goal, decide what works for your schedule and lifestyle. How will you use all the tools available to get to your goals? You can always discuss this with a trainer or fitness professional and they’ll help you build the right plan.

“My biggest advice when it comes to building a routine is to stay consistent to a structured plan,” she adds. “Routine takes discipline — and the willingness to stick to the goals we set out to do.”

Emily Ewen

Emily Ewen is a senior writer and content editor at Life Time.

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