5 Workout DVDs to try this winter
When it's cold out, going for a run or getting yourself to the gym can be unappealing. So stay home and still get a good workout in with these fun DVD workouts.
For tough love and solid results
If you want someone to shower you with compliments and encouragement, this isn't the DVD for you. But if you want a coach who will push you hard and get you results, then Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred is the way to go. It provides you with three different, high-intensity, 20-minute workouts so you can get better results in a shorter amount of time. They're at different levels, so you can work your way through them over the 30 days. Jillian uses a circuit format, where you do three minutes of strength, followed by two minutes of cardio and then one minute of ab work. Jillian invents many of her own moves and uses unique combinations of common moves so your body will be challenged in new ways. And that makes big results more likely.
Available at amazon.ca for $11.
For flexibility and focus
Though we'd all love to have the lean and toned figures of ballerinas, that result might be somewhat out of reach considering they spend hours upon hours each day training. But you can get a little closer to that goal with the help of the New York City Ballet: The Complete Workout. Some of the moves might be a little complex to follow at first, but that makes sticking with it even more satisfying. Because the more you do it, the more confident you'll feel with the skills you're developing. Plus, you'll be hard pressed to find the intricate stretches and balance exercises the DVD incorporates anywhere else.
Available at amazon.ca for $23.
For sexy fun
If what you're looking for is a serious, high-intensity workout, Carmen Electra's Aerobic Striptease probably isn't the way to go. But if you want to feel more comfortable in your body, learn some sexy moves and generally have a good time, then it's certainly worth your time. You'll get a little bit of toning, a little bit of cardio and also get to practice your dance moves.
Four-disc box set is available at amazon.ca for $41.
Getting the workout ball rolling can be challenging, and the last thing you want to do is go through a bunch of DVDs that are overly complicated, leaving you disappointed and frustrated. So if you want a good beginner's workout that will get you moving at a pace you're comfortable with, try The Biggest Loser: Boot Camp. It's divided into three levels, so you have something to work up to, which will hopefully give you the motivation you need to keep at it!
Available at amazon.ca for $9.
For strength and toning
Understandably some days you simply don't feel like doing jumping jacks in your living room. But that doesn't mean you have to give up on working out altogether. Instead, take the opportunity to focus on strength and toning with 10 Minute Solution: Rapid Results Pilates. The DVD is comprised of five 10-minute workouts, so if you have time for only one, do that, and if you have time for the whole 50 minutes, even better!
Available at amazon.ca for $20.