There are many different reasons why people exercise and it is the specific reason that will dictate what type of exercise routine makes the most sense. Some reasons to exercise are for fitness, for the enjoyment of it, to lose weight, to gain muscle or to recover from an illness or an injury. Just as there are many reasons to exercise, there are also many different ways to incorporate exercise into one’s routine. One way is to join a gym and perhaps work with a personal trainer there. Another way is to work at home with a specific fitness program. Whether you are looking to perform exercise at home and need some exercise guides or want to augment a gym workout with more at home, the following ten exercise and fitness websites can be of assistance.
Global Alexa Rating: 534
Bodybuilding is becoming more and more popular throughout the world and this site is very popular with those that work at gaining muscle for fitness, fun or competition. It is also a very useful site for anyone wanting a huge database of detailed instructions and videos regarding exercise. The link given takes users right to the exercise guides page showing both a man and a woman with links for targeting specific muscles in the body. Once an area is selected the various exercises load and then users can apply filters to the search such as selecting those using the equipment they have available. Select an exercise and the next page gives images, a video and an explanation of the exercise’s benefits. There are other features as well including a rating system and reviews.
Global Alexa Rating: 1,764
Peak Fitness is provided by Mercola.com which is devoted to natural health. The fitness section includes fitness articles, food facts and fitness videos. The entire site includes hundreds of thousands of pages of free content and the exercise section has over 20,000 pages. There are also tons of videos all organized into helpful categories. Dr. Mercola has long been trusted in the world of natural health and the articles on the website are very helpful on so many different health concerns. Users can also shop for fitness products on the website.
Global Alexa Rating: 3,346
SparkPeople is a great source for videos all organized into easy to navigate categories. Some of the categories are Featured Videos, Cardio, Abs, Yoga & Pilates, Strength & Toning, Beginner Workout, Ball Workout, Seated Workout, Lower Body Workout and Dumbell Workout. The site also goes into providing advice regarding nutrition with recipe videos and cooking techniques & tips videos. Users can join the site for free to take advantage of the tracking feature and community message boards.
Global Alexa Rating: 11,304
Fat Secret is a tool for those that are looking for ways to achieve diet goals. It includes a food diary, exercise diary, weight chart and journal, healthy recipes and nutrition info. While it doesn’t specifically do any exercise training, it does show how many calories are burned with just about any activity you can think of. It can be surprising to see how much benefit there is to even the most modest changes to one’s routine. An interesting feature of this site is the area called Challenges. Every few days new challenges begin that users can take part in or they can even start their own challenge. This social aspect of Fat Secret can be very motivational.
Global Alexa Rating: 13,116
This site is far more than an exercise site but it really does that part of the fitness equation in a very user-friendly way. They have put together a variety of workouts that are specifically organized into fantastic categories. Each category has the number of exercises included in the workout in parenthesis making it even more useful. For example, at the time of this review there were 83 exercise videos dealing with muscle building, 17 for beginners, 9 that are sports specific, 15 for women, 7 that are home based, 20 for fat loss and 18 used by celebrities as well as tons more! Videos are rated by members who can comment on them as well.
Global Alexa Rating: 19,613
This site includes a variety of tools for fitness in addition to a sizeable database of exercises. There are articles, recipes, interviews and forums just to name some of the features. As for the exercise section, users can find exercises by clicking on an image of a person and then on the muscle group desired. Alternately they can find an exercise through the search feature by putting in a keyword and selecting the equipment to be used, the muscle group and/or the category. Categories include balance, core, dynamic warm up, Pilates, plyometrics, strength, stretches and yoga.
Global Alexa Rating: 29,004
Daily Burn is a subscription based workout service but they are currently offering a 30-day free trial to check out their various programs. They have 12 workout programs that are available at any time on any device making it easy to take along even on vacation! The 12 programs are Cardiosculpt, Inferno, Yoga, DailyBurn 15, Move, Core, Total Cardio, Tactical Bodyweight Training, DailyBurn K, IntelliBurn, Recover and Beautiful Belly. While it isn’t free after the 30 days, a year subscription is less than the cost of just one session with a personal trainer making it a pretty good deal.
Global Alexa Rating: 33,740
Fitocracy combines motivation, fun, knowledge, tracking and even a social component to keep you on track with whatever your exercise and fitness goals are. This system is just as good for the person that is new to fitness as it is the seasoned pro. It is easy to get started either on the web, on an iPhone or iPod Touch or an Android device. Connect to people with similar interests, track thousands of exercises quickly, keep an eye on your progress and earn points and badges for your accomplishments. Take part in challenges and even get competitive with friends. Sign up by email or Facebook to get started and see just how much fun exercise can be.
Global Alexa Rating: 34,233
My Yoga Online is a subscription based yoga program that costs just $9.95 per month (or just $89.95 for an annual membership) for access to numerous whole health programs and hundreds of on-demand high-definition yoga and wellness videos that can be watched online or downloaded. Some of the programs offered are Energy Boost, Yoga for the Beginner, Introduction to Power Vinyasa Yoga, De-Stress Express and Yoga Detox: An 8-Day Spring Cleanse. Membership is not required for some sections of the site including pictures of poses and some videos.
Global Alexa Rating: 35,330
ACE is more than just a website. ACE stands for the American Council on Exercise and they are a nonprofit organization committed to enriching quality of life through safe and effective exercise and physical activity. They educate and certify thousands of fitness professionals each year and you can locate one through their database of nearly 50,000 certified professionals to find one in your area. The site is loaded with features including an excellent exercise library. Work with an ACE trainer, use the workout programs and other resources on the website or do a combination of the two to develop a customized fitness program.
Any of the above websites will be helpful regardless of the level of the person as they all have content for both beginners and those that are more advanced. The main thing is to choose the one that provides what is needed whether that is motivation, instruction, a social component for encouragement or guidance for getting started. This could be the year you make a difference in your overall health!