Friday, December 29, 2006
Toning up with Technology
In the two years that I've been producing the Bod Squad fitness segments, we've covered everything from celebrity-driven workouts such as Budokon, which combines martial arts, yoga and meditation, to cardio-tennis, to training like an NFL player at Competitive Edge Sports boot camp to observing firsthand the flexibility and discipline of the Cirque Du Soleil athletes. So what's the next hot thing? Virtual fitness.
A company called RideRunRow.com and Dr. Ken Burres have developed technology that will allow you to cycle on the moon or row the Nile, sort of. Through the Internet, you can work out globally, say, run on your treadmill in
Americans spend billions on the fitness industry annually but only about 15 percent of the population goes to a gym. If you're not wild about working out in public or you don't have a lot of time, Demand Fitness lets you work out anywhere, anytime. If you feel like yoga at 3 a.m. in your pajamas, you can log on to the company's Web site and a yoga instructor will coach you along. They're not Live but they are always available.
You can also expect gyms to spice up their classes like the one I discovered in
To learn more about virtual fitness, watch House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta this weekend.
It's the new year, when people are making resolutions about losing weight and shaping up. Have you tried virtual fitness or would you consider it?
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