For a lot of busy mothers, home workout DVDs are an ideal way to stay fit without going to the gym or spending a fortune. But how can you ensure that the DVDs won’t end up gathering dust on the bookshelf?
Choosing the right DVD workout is a challenge, but there are several ways to search for the perfect title. After all, no matter how good the workout is, it’s useless to you if it takes too long, it’s too hard or too easy, or it’s just plain unmotivating.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Workout DVD
- Past Experience — Think about your past experience with fitness. Did you used to enjoy pumping barbell classes at the gym? Hate step class? Do you dream of taking up ballet or get a kick out of joining your daughter for karate practice?
- Current Fitness and Preferences — Consider both your current level of fitness and your preferences when it comes to complexity and choreography. Do you want to do simple exercises several times, or are you looking for a dancy routine that will challenge your coordination? Do you prefer a tough program that you can grow into or something that’s easy enough to let you be successful right away?
- Workout Environment — Finally, consider the environment you have for working out. Some workouts require a mat or a small amount of floor space; others need lots of room, plus equipment like a step, weights, balls, resistance bands, chairs or straps. You’ll also want to think about the noise level you’ll create — loud music and jumping are OK in your basement during the day, but if you’ll be exercising in a small apartment at 5 a.m., a quiet Pilates routine might work better.
Read Reviews When Choosing an Exercise DVD
Sites like collagevideo.com and videofitness.com provide reviews of a huge range of workout titles. Spend some time browsing categories that interest you, and check the length and level of the workouts that appeal.
Borrowing Workout DVDs
Libraries and video stores often have a selection of fitness DVDs. If you have friends who work out with DVDs, ask if you can raid their collections to try new things. When you find one you like, consider sharing with a friend — you can trade workouts regularly to keep your routine fresh.
Enjoy Working Out With DVDs
To avoid getting bored, vary your routine with borrowed videos and outdoor activities. Home video workouts aren’t for everyone, but give them a try — you might become addicted to the convenience and affordability of getting a great workout in front of your own TV!