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High-tech fitness: Fitness videos you can download

Sarah Wassner Flynn is a New York City-based writer. She's contributed to magazines such as CosmoGIRL!, National Geographic Kids, Runner's World, Women's Health, Prevention and MetroSports New York. She is also the author of The Book of ...

Download your fitness

Who needs a personal trainer when you've got the Web? Thanks to a new fitness website that offers workouts you download right to your computer, you can stay fit wherever you go. And with holiday traveling right around the corner, you can avoid the dreaded holiday weight gain and start the new year with a hot bod!

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Downloadable fitness

With the holiday travel season rapidly approaching, it's prime time to plan your workouts when you're away from home. And if you can't make it to a gym or you're bored with the monotony of your collection of fitness DVDs, jump online and check out Slimtree.com

The high-tech fitness website offers oodles of instructional videos – from martial arts to cardio jazz – that you can download right to your computer, cell phone, PDA, or any Windows-Media supported device.

For $1.49 per 10- or 20-minute program, you can pick and choose from a cache of cardio-blasting activities that are available for viewing for an unlimited number of times for 30 days.

And if you want to simply watch the videos from your PC or laptop, just sign up for an account and you'll get instant access to everything for free! You really have no excuse to not stay fit this season - or any other part of the year!

Workouts that reach out

Slimtree Inc. has tapped into a rapidly growing market of people who regularly view vides online. In fact, an estimated 81 million people, or 63 percent of the 129 million people who access the Internet over broadband in the US, watch broadband video at home or at work.

The Caifornia-based company is also aiming to reach the 127 million adults in the US who are overweight, the 60 million who are obese, and the nine million who are extremely obese. Said Jas Singh, founder and CEO of Slimtree, "These facts combined, support and validate Slimtree.com's mission to offer the most comprehensive assortment of state-of-the-art, Web video-based expert fitness instruction in a way that is highly economical, convenient, motivating, effective and infinitely mobile, serving to improve the health, wellness and longevity of our viewers."

Dedicated diet channel

But Slimtree's not just about videos: You can also set up your own training group, track your weight, get your BMI, and log your favorite workouts and recipes on the site. Plus, there's an entire channel dedicated to diet (including food pyramid facts and a fast-food calorie counter), so you can make your meals match your fitness-focused lifestyle.

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