Online workouts are trending

Exercising safely at home

Online workouts via video chat and social-media-based exercise guides have been trending during the lockdown. This health tip tells you what to watch out for when exercising in front of your screen.
Restaurants and retailers are not the only operations to have been badly hit by the lockdown. Fitness centres have also been affected. Many fitness companies and personal trainers have made a virtue out of necessity and now offer exercise sessions online. The business of online exercise is booming. Social media influencers have also jumped on the bandwagon and are now demonstrating exercises in their posts.

Choosing the right coach

You should be aware, however, that not all those who claim to be fitness influencers know what they're talking about. Many lack the necessary knowledge or the right background in sport and exercise science or physiotherapy. YouTube stars tend to be slim, fit and muscular and explain how you can get a six-pack and build muscle in a short time. However, the fact that many people are not anatomically made for this kind of physique is usually overlooked.

Exercising in the wrong way can also result in mistakes and inappropriate exercise patterns, which can lead in turn to inappropriate/excessive strain and ultimately to injuries. False role models also tempt people into unhealthy eating habits, which can sometimes lead to eating disorders.

What should you look out for?

A competent trainer will adapt and define the training programme to suit the client's needs, physical fitness, health and training goals. In addition, he will take his time and ensure that the client is performing the exercises correctly. He will also try to explain the various exercises in detail and pass on his knowledge.

SWICA-recognised live-streaming courses and online coaching offered by fitness centres can be found on the SWICA website.

Prevention contributions for fitness and exercise

Taking exercise and building up your strength will help keep you fit and healthy. That's why SWICA customers receive up to 900 francs* (1'300 francs for fitness centres with a sauna) towards activities and exercise under the COMPLETA FORTE, COMPLETA PRAEVENTA and OPTIMA supplementary insurance plans. This applies to qualified fitness centres and to selected sports associations.

*Click here for details on how to participate.

In the event of further health-related questions, SWICA customers can contact the santé24 telemedicine service free of charge on +41 44 404 86 86. A telemedicine practice licence allows santé24 physicians to provide additional medical services in cases that are suited to a telemedicine approach. SWICA customers can also use the BENECURA medical app to carry out a digital SymptomCheck and receive recommendations about what to do next. During a subsequent phone call with santé24, customers can decide for themselves whether to release their information from SymptomCheck to santé24.