Netflix is amazing! It offers the possibility of watching movies and documentaries for hours, nearly endlessly.
Though staying on a couch and watching Netflix for hours is a bit sedentary, the service also offers a wide section of inspirational fitness documentaries that are granted to motivate viewers to jump off their sofas and go for a quick workout.
Let’s see our top picks!
Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive (2012)
This documentary follows the story of Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter, as he is working hard to be the first man in history to win three golds (100 and 200 meters and the 100-meter relay) in subsequent Olympic Games.
He was diagnosed with hyperactivity at a young age, but his determination and drive became more realistic as he continued training.
The documentary shows the great effort people can commit to fulfilling their dreams.
Pumping Iron (1977)
The 1977 classic analyzes Arnold Schwarzenegger in his attempt of winning a sixth Mr Olympia title.
The documentary curiously starts with an Arnold working on his ballet moves.
It gets even funnier from that point.
Watching the movie will make you quickly realize why Arnold was so successful in his bodybuilder career.
SEC Storied: Lolo Jones (2012)
Lolo Jones, the famous Olympic hurdler with unique looks, intense enthusiasm and a very intense personality, seems to live the good life.
However, though that is true today, she wasn’t always like that. She was born into poverty and resided in the basement of a church at some point in her early life.
She described her philosophy like this:
“It’s my job to hurdle over obstacles, but I’ve hurdled over so many life obstacles… it’s like sometimes bad things will happen to you in your life, or you may not have the great, ideal home situation to grow up in. Those things can make you stronger if you just learn how to get over them.”
The documentary has a very intense motivational boost. It reminds us that we can always overcome our problems and make good out of bad no matter how hard life is.
30 for 30: Into The Wind (2010)
This is one of the most motivational movies of all time. It follows the story of Terry Fox running across Canada.
Mister Fox only has one leg due to osteosarcoma. However, he still committed to running “a marathon a day,” travelling through his country from coast to coast to raise awareness and draw attention to cancer research.
His story is solid proof that you can do anything and overcome your physical limitations if you put your mind to it.
While all of these programs are great, you might want to take into consideration combining them with other workouts. There are a lot of options available and if you feel that the risk of watching a movie instead of a fitness program is too high, we recommend you the old-fashioned DVDs. Some of these fitness programs also come with a nutrition plan, which would be a complete solution for changing your lifestyle.
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