If our preference is a home workout routine rather than attending a gym, then there is a multitude of choice in videos and DVDs. We may find this a much easier way of exercising, not only because it is easily slotted into our often busy lifestyle but also we have the feeling of being part of a workout group, rather than doing a workout routine on our own.
There are various factors to consider before we buy our workout DVD or videos:
A) What type of exercise do we require?
We have to decide what exercises we want to do, and feel comfortable doing. There are so many options to choose from, so whatever capabilities we have, there will be something to suit us all. Perhaps our choice may be muscle building, weight training, cardio or low and high impact aerobics, running or walking. The options are endless, and we can also choose a selection of exercises which we can alternate daily, adding variety and targeting different muscle groups.
B) What level of intensity?
If we are a beginner, or have not exercised for quite some time, the most obvious choice would be a DVD or video which will be challenging but not too difficult, we do not want to begin with strains or injuries. If we already exercise on a regular basis, and have a relatively good fitness level, then an intermediate workout routine is the best choice. If we are very fit and sufficiently able to withstand a higher level of intensity workout, then a more advanced workout programme would be the best option.
Attention to the intensity and skill levels, which are normally printed on the reverse of DVDs and videos, should help with our choices. Some workouts can have variable intensity levels. This is shown by instructors showing a high intensity workout, plus a variation in the form of another instructor demonstrating a lower intensity version at the same time. We can choose to begin at the lower intensity level if we feel that we need to gradually progress to the higher intensity option.
C) Do we have certain restrictions or require additional equipment?
Practicality is an important issue when considering which workout programme we choose. Perhaps we have limited space in our home, or are unable to perform noisy routines such as jumping if we have neighbours below us. We may also need additional equipment such as weights, exercise balls, mats or a step platform. These not only need extra space when in use, but also require storage space when we are not using them.
All DVDs and videos should specify the need for any additional equipment, and we can roughly assess the space required for our workout. Walking or step DVDs usually require very little space as we are usually kept practically in one place throughout the workout, whereas a dance aerobic workout would probably require a completely clear room to get the full benefit of the routine and allow sufficient movement.
The cost of DVDs can vary. Some of the more popular or recently released ones can be expensive, whereas some savings can be made by purchasing older workout routines. Another option are sets of DVDs, which usually contain various different routines which, although more expensive than a single DVD give us a little more flexibility and variety in our workout routines.
-By: Dave Townley
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