Looking for a solution to keep your exercise on track? Technology has a new option for in-home (or at the office) workouts: Amazon Alexa or Google Home virtual assistants – aka virtual fitness trainers.
I have Alexa, Amazon's voice-activated, cloud-based artificial intelligence virtual assistant and speaker. In fact, I have two, one in my living room and one in my office. After I discovered the ease of asking Alexa the weather, what's playing at the local theatre, or to play my favorite music, I started exploring the other things Alexa can do, including exploring how Alexa can help me meet my fitness goals.
Check out how your own personal virtual assistant can help you get active!
1. Set My Workout Schedule
I'm not a clock watcher; I can easily work at my desk eight hours straight and forget to grab a coffee or take that lunch-time walk I promised myself. To make sure I schedule activity into my workday, I ask Alexa to tell me when it's time to take my walk.
Alexa, remind me to go for a walk every Monday at 12 noon.
2. Workout Playlist
I like to do yoga at home with some of my favorite morning music playing to wake me up, warm me up and help me start moving.
Alexa, add this song to my yoga playlist.
3. Provide a Guided Workout
With hundreds of fitness routines (called skills) and more added every day, these are the top workouts on Alexa:
- Fitness Guru
- My Workouts
- HiFit Home: Workouts
- 5-Minute Plank Workout
- My Gorgeous Trainer
- 7-Minute Workout
Alexa, start 7-minute workout.
4. Monitor Your 10K Steps
Alexa integrates with other devices and apps. In addition to syncing with your TV streaming device, Alexa can link with FitBit or other health apps to track your fitness activity and health goals.
Alexa, ask Fitbit how many steps I've taken today.
FitBit can also provide motivational support through Alexa:
Try to take a walk today, but don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.
5. Track Your 30-Day Challenge
Creating new habits requires repetition and consistency. 30-Day Fitness Challenges are a popular method to achieve new fitness goals and habits. Alexa skills has several built-in 30-day challenges, or you can set a command with Alexa to remind you to perform your own challenge every day for 30 days.
Alexa, start my 30-day squats challenge.
Alexa's virtual fitness assistant features can help you create and manage a custom exercise routine and offers nearly 1000 Alexa health and fitness skills you can use to workout when you want to, wherever you can access Alexa.
How do you use Alexa or Google Home to meet your fitness goals? We'd love to share your tips!
To use Alexa, you must purchase an Amazon device and hook it up to the cloud via your computer or an app. We are not in any way affiliated with Alexa.