Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Need to Exercise More?

I finally found something I've been searching for years for - I love it when that happens. Only thing better is being able to share it - at a bargain price - with someone else.

I've owned a treadmill forever. I've walked on it with books. I've jogged on it while watching movies. I've run on it with my iPod. But what I've longed for is a video that would simulate being outside running some trail in a beautiful place. I found Virtual Active's 35 minute videos that take you running, or hiking or cycling in stunning locales.  Here, see what I mean.

That one is at running pace. This next one is a little slower at a walk/hike pace. This next one also shows the two options you have between guided workouts (which means a "coach" will periodically give you tips and suggestions) and basic (which means just the scenery). I've only bought the basic since I just wanted it for the scenery.

 Pacific Northwest Hike - Preview from Virtual Active on Vimeo.

I've downloaded six of them so far. To my surprise, my favorite of the six is the American Northeast run. I also enjoy the otherworldly feel of the American Southwest 2 run.

As you can tell, the videos have a techno music with them. Many also have some nature sounds mixed in. So when you run past Niagara falls or on the shore of Lake Tahoe, you hear the water in addition to the music. I like that. While I'm not a big techno music fan, I generally haven't minded the music in these. It keeps you going.

The other thing that keeps you going is the fact the the scenery changes about every 5 1/2 minutes. That's a perfect switch-it-up frequency to keep it interesting. It makes me want to press on to see where this next trail will lead to - they always lead to gorgeous vistas.

Wild California Run - Preview from Virtual Active on Vimeo.

The only downside I've found so far is that a couple of the videos (the Swiss Alps run I recall) have a song on the soundtrack I dislike. It's mostly instrumental but the beat is a little edgier than I want it to be and there is a line that is mumbled in the song about "the devil's playground." It ruins the moment for me as I feel it's the exact opposite of the stunning scenery. So I'm going to create my own soundtrack to play on my iPod while I do those videos. (The DVDs let you turn the music off if you wish and just hear location sounds.)

I talked with the company recently to suggest a Hawaii run, which they said they already have in the works. And they offered to give my readers a discount. If you purchase anything from their site before the end of the year, just enter the code rachelolsen and you'll get 10% off the entire order. That means you can try one of these downloads for about $7 or a DVD for about $18.

If you have a piece of stationary exercise equipment, this is a fun tool for getting or staying in shape this winter. (Can't you use that after all this holiday eating?!) Or take these to the gym on your iPad. Oh, and if you happen to try their California Wine Tour videos, let me know how you like it because I want to try that next.


  1. I am asking for prayer for my son who is having a difficult time getting through his last two semesters of junior college. Robert needs all the prayer warriors on his side to help get his prayers for strength and success in all the classes up to heaven.

  2. please pray for me to listen and wait for God in my effort to be understanding and accepting at work.

  3. Please pray for my daughter-in-law who fell off a ladder on Sunday night. She has broken ribs, head injury and wrist and arm injuries. She is in alot of pain. She and my son have a special needs 2 year old and she cannot take care of her by herself. Please pray for healing. Also I need prayer for family issues during this Christmas season. Prayer for family members that do not know the Lord and are really hard to be around and love.

  4. Wow those videos look really cool. Thanks for sharing this Rachel.

  5. Please pray for my daughter as she begins a new challenge in January as a flight attendant commuting to MKE from ATL. Pray for God's protection and taking care of every need. Also my son in law for healing of crushed elbow and hernia surgery.

  6. Pray for all families this holiday, that it can be a time of healing and new beginnings. Please pray for me as I travel to see my family. I am very afraid to fly,please give me peace so that I can enjoy this blessed season. I am very scared.


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