Getting the most from home workout videos

xercise at home can be fun with fitness videos. Most people own several exercise videos or DVDs. Even so, few individuals may be unsure of the advantages that these fitness videos have to offer. If this sounds familiar, then read on:

Home Workout Videos are Convenient.

When I first started on my fitness journey, it started with home routines. For me, it was all about the convenience of the workouts. All that I had to do was go into my workout area (the garage) and get started! If you purchase a home workout program, you can do your exercises almost any time without worrying about a crowd. You will not have to wait for your chance to use the equipment, wear the correct clothes or be stuck listening to someone else’s music. Every fitness video can be viewed as many times as you want … and you can always come back to that routine again a year or so from now.

There are many different workouts available, depending on your goals. The best combine various kinds of exercises to include aerobic workouts, strength workouts, or a combination of the two (known as circuit workouts), yoga, stretching and also few exercises to keep your mind balanced such as meditation.

These videos require no expensive machines, and generally use equipment that can easily be found in your local sporting goods store, or local department store — like stability balls, resistance bands, aerobic steps, mini-trampolines,  dumbbells, etc — making them easily obtainable.

Buying workout videos is simple. You can find them over the internet, catalogs and even department stores. Shopping is effortless and very convenient. Keep these tips in mind:

1. Buy videos that you will really enjoy. Once you identify what your goals are, then you will be able to choose a workout. Some of my favorites are P90 (note: this is different than P90X … P90 is great for beginners, a mix of cardio and strength), Insanity (advanced cardio), and Tai Cheng (low impact, tai chi and meditation based movement)

The links above will take you to short videos, if you are unfamiliar with the workouts.

Or even if you ARE familiar … they’re cool videos. I always get amped up after I see the Insanity video.

2. Choose those videos only that will help you to achieve your fitness goals. For instance, if your aim is to defeat stress then yoga or tai chi videos are good for you; if your aim is to lose weight, then you will have to choose videos that are more aerobic in nature; if you already know the basics, and have done basic videos before, then you will have to choose more advanced videos that will help you push to the next level.

3. Find an appropriate place to exercise. Select videos that match your space. Cardio focused workouts require a bigger area (usually a space 4 feet by 6 feet will do), while yoga requires less space to be done. Yoga requires only a confined area while if you do something cardio based you have to go through diagonal, backwards and forward movements. Personally, I have a 12′ x 12′ area in my basement that I covered with rubber flooring (total cost was under $100).

Fitness videos can be very effective if they are followed in the right manner. Most people wind up wasting their hard earned money because they buy the videos and then let it sit on the self collecting dust. Not you, not this time. Get started, and stay motivated!

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