2020 has totally evolved how we exercise at home, and workouts through Zoom, Instagram Live, video membership sites, and branded apps are now ubiquitous. Here at CardioCast, we’re partial to an audio format, and we’re sharing five main benefits of being on #TeamNoScreen.
1. It’s a low-maintenance way to exercise outdoors.
Quarantine has most people living and working at home, cooped up inside for the majority of the day. For some, a workout is the only time in a 24-hour period that allows you to get some fresh air. Audio workouts meet you wherever you are, whereas, walking, jogging, and running outside are nearly impossible to do while looking at a screen. The outdoors isn’t an environment conducive to video boot camp classes, due to screen glare, no Wi-Fi/LTE, or lack of a reliable power source. Audio is the low-maintenance, equipment-free way to get in your outdoor workout.
2. Tech glitches are eliminated.
With audio workouts, tech glitches and time wasted due to technology breakdowns are eliminated. Just open the CardioCast app and press play. No more being late for class because the Zoom link didn’t work, the camera wouldn’t turn on, the Wi-Fi connection was unstable, or there was an audio/video lag. In times of uncertainty, you can at least count on your audio workout experience to be consistent and truly on-demand.
3. You can stop looking at your phone.
Whether we like it or not, our phones and computers are usually within reach. With easy access to our devices, the amount of screen time per day adds up quickly. Take the strain off your eyes, put on a pair of wireless headphones, turn on a CardioCast audio workout, and take that much-needed break from your phone. With the screen locked and no video needed, your battery and data plan are not being drained. The days of getting to the gym worried that you won’t have enough juice to make it through your workout are long gone.
4. You’re more in-tune with your body and present during your workout.
During an audio workout, you have the ability to improve your form, performance, and self-awareness all by intuitively listening to your body. The instructor’s voice will guide you, and you will become familiar with how each move feels in your body. This allows for a better understanding of the terminology used in class and shorter transition times between exercises. Repeatedly stopping and interrupting your workout in an attempt to watch and copy what the instructor is doing on a screen doesn’t provide a cohesive experience. Listen and learn.
5. It’s no pressure and no judgment. Really.
With an audio workout, there’s no pressure from an instructor or other participants on-screen. One of our CardioCast members drew the comparison between an audio workout versus Peloton, which has been an explosively popular at-home workout method, even pre-pandemic.
“No Peloton needed! I love the audio versus a video class. I didn’t realize how much I judged myself when watching other people on the screen while working out…that I look nothing like them, I’m not pedaling as fast, etc. Great music and great coaching that allows you to use any brand bike at any exercise level. I’m crunched for time lately, so the 20 min spin classes are great!”
We’ve all unfortunately felt vulnerable in a packed in-person class before, with eyes on us and an air of judgment. It’s not an ideal atmosphere for a workout, and you shouldn’t have to feel that tension through the screen, either. Audio workouts allow you to push yourself and yet go at your own pace. When we say there’s no pressure, we really mean it.