Let’s face it. Winter is a time we all feel a little sluggish. The days are shorter, colder and rainier, and we naturally want to hibernate. And with that hibernation comes an increase in cosy nights on the couch binging Netflix’s epic collection of film and TV series.
Are you struggling to find a healthy winter balance between sofa slug and motivated mover?
EFM’s top five Netflix shows and documentaries that focus on fitness could be the inspirational key to keeping you active all the way through to spring.
Functional Fitness is a documentary that takes a hard look at high intensity fitness trends like CrossFit. Over two hours you’ll learn about the benefits and drawbacks of this dynamic form of fitness and why so many people across the world are embracing it. And hey, it may even inspire you to give it a go yourself!
Another full length documentary on Netflix with a fitness focus. Fittest On Earth was filmed over five days at the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games, where qualifying athletes battle it out for the title of “Fittest On Earth”, competing in 15 intense and challenging physical events. To add to the pressure, most of the event details are sprung on the athletes right before they are due to complete, resulting in excellent workout watching.
Not your typical fitness series, Strongland is part historical documentary, part awe-inspiring motivational television. Each of the collections three episodes explore a different era of the strongman tradition from history; a fitness trend that is still as popular as it was thousands of years ago. Travel to Iceland, Spain and Scotland to explore the geographical and historical beginnings of this intense sport.
Buckle in, there’s three seasons of Ultimate Beastmaster on Netflix Australia to keep you occupied during those long winter nights. In the same vein as Gladiators and Ninja Warrior, Ultimate Beastmaster follows the same entertaining obstacle course fitness format, but with the world’s most elite athletes competing against each other. Addictive viewing.
We’re all gluttons for a reality show, and with MAFS and The Bachelorette wrapped up for now, we recommend indulging in Fit For Fashion. Watch contestants overhaul their bodies and appearance in the hopes of winning the $100,000 grand prize. There’s two seasons available on Netflix to get hooked on, and they were filmed in Malaysia and Indonesia so there’s beautiful backdrops to make it even more appealing.
Use your love for a good TV binge session as a positive catalyst to transform your body and mind. Add our shortlist picks to your Netflix list today!