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The chaotic work schedules in current times leave a fitness freak with no time for gym and morning jogs. But e-age comes to the rescue, reports Disney Brar Talwar.

health and fitness Updated: Jan 30, 2009 15:00 IST
Disney Brar Talwar
Disney Brar Talwar
Hindustan Times

The chaotic work schedules in current times leave a fitness freak with no time for gym and morning jogs. But e-age comes to the rescue.

Now sitting pretty at home, one can log on to fitness websites that provide daily fitness schedules and diet routines customised to individual body types. They also keep one posted with weekly updates and newsletters through e-mails. We check out the popularity of such sites amongst City's health freaks.

With long working hours, Rajiv Munjal, a restaurateur from Sector 2, turns to "My fitness site guides me on the weekly workout schedule depending on my body and lifestyle. I have the basic equipment at home and I follow the plan regularly," quips Rajiv.

Simran Munjal, a senior executive with Managing Resources-35 and registered with an online fitness site, shares, "Earlier, I used to go brisk walking or jogging in the morning. But after I registered with the site, a whole new world has opened. Now I get a customised workout schedule, fitness articles, low-calorie recipes, weight training tips and I also get to connect with other members of the site via a weight-loss-support community."

Young girls like Sonia Kapoor too are addicted to these online sites. A BA-II student from GCG-11, she says, "I have registered with which offers various plans, like the silver, gold and platinum programmes. I have opted for the six-month gold programme, which aims at permanent weight loss along with muscle gain."

These sites explain concepts right from calculation of Body Mass Index to specific exercises. They also conduct certification courses for fitness instructors. Sandeep Yadav, fitness instructor with Bodyscapes-34, quips, "Online fitness sites are reliable and offer good courses for the starters. Their basic courses are popular with people. In fact, they also offer certification courses to instructors wherein they send information material to the instructors and later tests are
conducted for them. Such certified instructors are well accepted in the gym."

Is an online fitness centre better than visiting a gym? Priya Garg, director, Planet Fitness-8, finds these sites confusing. She quips, "These sites often intermix health and fitness and are not updated regularly. Moreover, most of these sites cater to specific area and programmes. They can never do to the body what a gym does in the long run."

Fitness on site

First Published: Jan 29, 2009 13:57 IST