September 26, 2016
I hope everyone has had a great weekend! This week, our wellness blog is about online fitness videos. Instead of the traditional workout tape, fitness instructors are posting their exercises online through services like YouTube for free. In 2014, YouTube reported that their viewers watched 5,500 years of yoga videos alone. I often use online workout videos in my apartment when I can’t make it out to a fitness center. They are a great way to try new workouts with minimal to no equipment needed. This wellness blog will give your parks and recreation department some tips for using online fitness videos, as well as some of my favorite resources.
Some may say that the ramifications from the emergence of online fitness videos have an adverse impact on parks and recreation departments. While people can now stay home to work out, I believe that these videos can have a positive impact on our departments and community as a whole.
A lot of departments offer workout classes, but it is inevitable that not everyone is interested in the range of options that can offer. Because YouTube is home to millions of fitness videos, it allows for very precise results. If I were looking for a video of a workout to do for a bad back, I would have plenty of options on the web. The ease of searching for specific workouts without having to purchase anything is an incredible benefit of YouTube, and can be utilized by your department. Although videos are free, be sure to check licensure permissions before showing them at public events.
One great way to use this resource in your recreation facilities is to designate a television in a multi-purpose room for workout videos. Think of this as another piece of fitness equipment. If your TV doesn’t allow for YouTube searching, try using one of these devices to make the process easy. Most of these devices are relatively inexpensive, and your department may already possess some of them. This would allow people the opportunity to search for specific workout videos that they may be interested in. You can even set parental controls to insure appropriate video results.
Additionally, YouTube allows for the creation of video playlists. Your department could compile a list of general workout videos to stream continuously. This tactic can introduce the idea of using streaming sites to exercise, and inspire others to do the same. If you need help finding videos to show in your facility, try using this list which features some of the most popular online fitness classes.
Video streaming sites can also be a great marketing tool for your fitness programs. If your department offers any exercise class, you could try to record a snippet of it to upload online. This snippet could then be shared with prospective students as a piece of marketing material.
By utilizing the power of the internet for the purpose of fitness, your department could potentially offer millions of workout videos to your community. This trend is here to stay, and I believe that parks and recreation departments can be on the forefront of offering a safe space for our communities to exercise.
Until next time,