5 digital exercise ideas to help fuel your fitness goals

Technology is making it easier to enjoy the benefits of a group workout class without the hassles of commutes or crowds. These days, a subscription to a digital fitness service can put hundreds of fitness options at your fingertips, virtually anywhere and anytime you want to access them.

If you’re looking for ideas to launch or switch up your exercise game, consider five online fitness classes that may help with your wellness goals:

1. High-intensity interval training

Commonly called a HIIT workout, high-intensity interval training is alternating short bursts of intense activity with intervals of less intense exercise. HIIT can be part of stationary cycling, elliptical, treadmill running or walking routines. The health benefits of these time-efficient workouts may be as good or better than endurance training.

2. Strength

Strength training with resistance bands or weights may help to maintain and increase muscle mass, which tends to decline with age. Strength training may also increase your metabolism to help you burn more calories and potentially shed pounds. It may also be beneficial for your joints, bone density and overall balance.

3. Core

Your core is a group of muscles that stabilizes and controls your pelvis and spine. Core exercises train these muscles to work in harmony, while also helping to create better balance and stability. Strong core muscles can make it easier to do all kinds of physical activities and may also help alleviate back pain.

4. Yoga

Yoga classes generally emphasize physical postures, breathing techniques and meditation. The intensity of classes can vary greatly from gentle practices to physically demanding poses. Yoga may offer physical perks, such as strength, balance and flexibility, and mental benefits like improved mood and alertness.

5. Dance

Besides the calorie burn, which may be a couple of hundred calories in just 30 minutes, dance-focused exercise may strengthen your muscles and improve your balance. Plus, you might pick up a few new moves for the next time you hit a real dance floor.

One more thing

To help make the most of your fitness routine, some UnitedHealthcare members may be able to use their Apple Watch as part of UnitedHealthcare Rewards. This new wellness program can enable eligible members to earn up to $1,0003 per year for meeting various daily and one-time healthy activities, including walking more than 5,000 steps each day and tracking sleep.

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