Exercising at home – how to beat the boredom

Woman in gymOkay, admittedly there are two main problems with home DVD’s. Firstly there are so many on the market, and secondly you are probably rather doubtful as you have tried them before, got bored and now they just gather dust.

Well, the boredom could be motivational on your part, but the fact you are reading this indicates you are keen to give it another try. Or maybe the one you used just wasn’t well designed and dynamic enough to hold your interest or make a difference. And DVD’s do have the advantage that you don’t have to travel anywhere to do them, they require little or no equipment, and they are perfect for those who regard a gym as a no-go area. They are also cheap compared to paying for classes so if you get bored with it just buy a new one.

Woman with light dumbellsHere are three exercise DVD’s that consistently get good reviews and are all available on Amazon 

  • DAVINA FIT With her exuberant and boundless energy to keep you going this aerobics based DVD gives you clear audio and visual instructions to four 30 minute workouts called Aerobics Fit, Top Fit, Bo
    ttom Fit and Kick Fit plus a wind down section at the end.
  • TRUDIE STYLER’S WARRIOR YOGA Against a stunning and inspiring Tuscan backdrop this DVD focuses on strengthening, toning, flexibility and stretching and exudes good healthy vibes. You get two workouts of 25 and 50 minutes, plus two meditation sessions. If you have done any yoga before it will help with some of the more advanced positions.
  • ROSEMARY CONLEY’S REAL RESULTS WORKOUT is ideal for unfit beginners and the o
    lder novice exerciser. The original “workout” guru is hard to beat and with a group ranging from 18 to 60 in the DVD there is something for every level wanting fat burning and toning exercises on hips, thighs and abdomen. As an alternative her FITNESS TRIPLE PACK offers a whole body workout and “Fat Attack “ section.

And for something completely different try:

  • Woman on BOSU ballThe BOSU balance trainer which costs £80 including instructional DVD. It’s like a fit ball sliced in half and wobbles so whilst you lunge, squat and step you have to keep your core muscles tight to be able to balance. The domed surface is for cardio workouts and the flat surface for upper body and Pilates-type movements and it is relatively easy on the joints. It is popular with skiers, tennis players and golfers to improve overall fitness and body tone.


  • The Wii FIT PLUS game is great if you don’t like the idea of yet another exercise DVD, but is a much more expensive option unless you already have a <leo_highlight style=”border-bottom: 2px solid rgb(255, 255, 150); display: inline; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-repeat: repeat; background-attachment: scroll; background-position: 0% 0%; cursor: pointer; -moz-background-size: auto auto; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial;” id=”leoHighlights_Underline_0″ onclick=”leoHighlightsHandleClick(‘leoHighlights_Underline_0’)” onmouseover=”leoHighlightsHandleMouseOver(‘leoHighlights_Underline_0’)” onmouseout=”leoHighlightsHandleMouseOut(‘leoHighlights_Underline_0’)” leohighlights_keywords=”wii” leohighlights_url=”http%3A//”>Wii console. It offers muscle workouts, aerobics, agility exercises, yoga and sports games such as tennis and boxing, and has clear instructions. The results are impressive, and because it works on balance and agility it is particularly good as you get older. Men seem to enjoy the challenge too, and if you use it with the Balance Board option you get an added level of workout and fitness readings.

For a few simple exercises that you can easily do at home to improve balance, posture and strength click here

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