To spice up my workouts other than looking changing up my exercises, and taking new classes I also look to workout DVDs for inspiration. They are great as many of us lead busy lifestyles and just don’t have the time to exercise, but DVDs offer a kind of support that allows you to squeeze in a little something when you can.
Using a workout DVD is like having a personal trainer in your very own home so for me making sure that I connect with the personality of the instructor. Basically, the instructor has to have a fab personality for me to actually enjoy the workout as we are going to be spending a lot of time together, so that time it has to be good. A workout DVD with a boring instructor is never a good thing and just results in the DVD being sent to the back of the DVD collection, or worst case scenario on eBay.
There are so many different types of workout DVD from strength training, dance, yoga, martial arts and aerobics. When choosing what type of workout DVD I want to buy I always ask the same question: what is it that I want to achieve? Right now I’m working on trying to to be as strong and healthy as I can be and focusing on strength and core workouts. Although sometimes I just want to have fun and fancy just dancing around for a good workout.
The best thing about a workout DVD is that you can do them anywhere. They are portable so you can take them on holiday and do them in your hotel room etc. All you really need is a DVD player and some motivation and then you are good to go for an awesome workout. On some occasions you may need extra equipment like a chair or weights but you can always improvise.
Another thing to consider is how much time do you have to actually workout. Some workout DVDs are designed especially people that do not have time to workout. They have sections of various time frames from 10 – 30 minutes constructed of different exercises aiming to give you the best workout in what ever time you have.
You don’t need to be a gym member or a fitness instructor to get a good workout. DVDs are a cost effective way to stay fit and healthy! Also you are in control of the quality of the workout too. If you a section is too hard I either try it out at a lower intensity or fast forward to the next section until I feel strong enough to tackle it.
Reviews are also a great indicator on how good a DVD is. I’m thinking about ordering the new Davina-Ulitmate Target DVD as the reviews have been great and I have heard great things about her previous releases in blog land. Word of mouth is a wondrous thing my friends!
Are you a fan of workout DVDs? Which ones are your current favourites?
How do you go about picking a workout DVD to buy?