Virtual House Calls: Trainers & Doctors Via Video Chat

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Sure, getting to the gym each day for your workout is a hassle. But it's not like most of us can get a complete workout done from home. Or can you? There's a new web service that's been getting attention lately offering one-on-one guidance and motivation with a personal trainer from the comfort of your living room via webcam.

Wello launched in mid-2012 as an online fitness provider  using two-way video chat to connect health-minded clients (alone or in groups) with personal trainers. Anyone can sign up and browse the marketplace to start a training session on yoga, Pilates, strength training, or anything else at their convenience; anytime, anywhere.

But fitness coaches aren't the only ones Skyping house calls. Doctors are getting in on the video-chat game too. In fact, after searching around a bit, it seems like the health industry is really adopting video chat technology to offer added services to clients and consumers. Here's just a small collection of websites where you can get fitness help or medical advice online through your webcam:

  • Yoga Live Link connects you with a professional yoga instructior over video chat for personal, private training sessions. They're available at different times throughout the day, so you can find a session that works for you.
  • Care Simple can connect you with a doctor or nurse practicioner in 30 minutes from home or anyehere else you're connected with a webcam. CareSimple says their network of professionals can treat many of the same health issues that would otherwise require you to visit a doctor's office or urgent care clinic
  • MDLive offers health care consultations with doctors or therapists at a moment's notice via video chat or telephone. It claims to be the nation's largest telehealth network and is comprised of physicians Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics; as well as licensed mental health professionals who provide counseling and behavioral health services. 
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Video health care has been offered for years to astronauts, oil rig workers and villagers in the developing world. But offering and promoting webcam health and fitness care to everyday clients with busy schedules is a more recent development.

We're curious: Have you ever used video-chat fitness or health care? Would you do it again?

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