Technology helps tackle weight loss goals in 2021

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Posted at 3:35 PM, Jan 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-01 18:24:19-05

BEACHWOOD, Ohio — The new​ year is shining the spotlight on an old​ struggle. You might be among those who have plans to use the fresh start of 2021 to focus on well-being. Despite the challenges the pandemic brings, those health resolutions are still possible.

With a frozen pizza or that leftover Halloween candy within reach, we all know the work from home routine can quickly sabotage our fitness goals.

However, to try and stay on track in this new year, consider the lunchtime workout trend.

"You can get sweaty and stinky in the comfort of your own home and not even shower before you go back to the office," said Stephanie Mansour, health and wellness expert.

If you don't know where to begin, gyms like Life Time Fitness have developed digital-only memberships.

"Strictly virtual," said Michael Brown.

Brown runs the Life Time location in Beachwood.

He said demand for virtual one-on-one training or group fitness classes will continue to grow in 2021.

“It helps to hold yourself committed. You're really actually committing to something then you're actually working with a professional,” said Brown.

Another option you might want to consider is All Out Studio.

The most respected fitness publications like Women's Health, Men's Health and Runner's World joined forces to bring hundreds of exercises and workout plans to that app.

In fact, there are dozens of apps that now allow you access to the benefits of a gym from the safety of your own home.

"You can get a personal trainer directly on your phone giving you workouts via video," said Mansour.

Tapping into that trend for 2021 is Pear —the personal fitness coach app that features someone working out alongside you.

"At the end of the day it's really about commitment," said Brown.

So, get in that run, drop down to that downward dog position – you'll get motivation and encouragement in real-time.

"Whatever it is you can commit to that day, committing to something that day is better than committing to nothing," said Brown.

And who said getting in shape can't be fun?

Ring Fit Adventure from Nintendo turns you into a video game character – picking up tokens as you jog through different levels zapping bad guys with mini-workouts.

The harder you work the more rewards you get. Online training: it's what's trending in 2021.