Get Fit & Healthy

The number one New Year’s resolution for 2017 was to lose weight and eat healthy while the seventh was to work out more often.  Did you make either of these your resolutions?  Did you join a gym in hopes of 2017 being the year you kept your resolution?  Four months into the New Year, are you still going to the gym?

Gym traffic is at its highest in January and decreases as the year goes on.  There are many reasons people quit going including; expense, location of the gym, being too tired at the end of a busy day and family commitments.  How would you feel if I told you that you didn’t need an expensive gym membership to get fit, all you need is a DVD player and some exercise DVDs?   Our libraries are full of wonderful DVDs to help you reach your resolution. All in the comfort of your home. Plus? It’s free and uses very little equipment.

My Favorite DVDS to Get Fit & Healthy

Leslie Sansone Walk it off in 30 Days: Led by a friendly instructor, this is a great video for all fitness levels.  The first 30 minute routine is an indoor walking based workout consisting of 4 base moves.  Other moves are added to make the routine fun.  Add intensity with a light jog or higher kicks.  The second 30 minute workout is a strength training routine done standing and on the floor.  All areas of the body are targeted.  Hand weights are recommended but you can use water bottles or soup cans instead.  Leslie Sansone recommends alternating between the 2 workouts for 30 days.

Cardio For beginners: This fun and versatile video is led by a great down to earth instructor.  Don’t let the name “For Beginners” fool you. This video is for anyone who enjoys low impact, fun, effective and easy to do exercises.  You can choose either dance or athletic inspired moves and either 10 or 20 minute workouts. The moves are repeated numerous times to ensure that you learn them easily.  Also, be sure to do the 5 minutes bonus stretch at the end which is very relaxing and leaves you feeling great!

Crunch Fat Burning Pilates:  Pilates is a great way to work your stomach muscles but can be intimidating for those new to it.  The instructor on this DVD is friendly and low key.  This video is a great introduction to Pilates and includes both standing and floor exercises.  The standing routine is great because it also includes cardio work.  You will feel it in your stomach the day after doing the floor workout!  There is a cast member who is doing easier modifications for the exercises so this video is really appropriate for all fitness levels.  An onstage drummer and bright costumes add to the fun and lighthearted tone of this video.

Jillian Michaels. 30 Day Shred: This video is led by a former co-host of the show “The Biggest Loser”. Just like on the show, her style is tough and no nonsense. The video includes 3 separate routines that get progressively harder.  Each routine features three 6 minute circuits that contain 3 minutes of strength moves, 2 minutes of cardio and 1 minute of ab work.  Each workout also contains a short warm up and cool down.  There is always a woman doing modifications in each routine but you know it’s going to be a tough video when in level 1, Michaels tells you to look elsewhere for jumping jack modifications!  You start with level 1 and then progress to levels 2 and 3 when you are ready.  You will need a pair of hand weights and a mat or towel for each workout.  This video is very effective and very tough so if you are just beginning to exercise, I recommend starting out with any of the other videos I mentioned in this article and working up to this one.

Rodney Yee’s a.m. & p.m. yoga for beginners: Yoga can be intimidating but it doesn’t have to be!  Yoga is a great form of exercise that has many positive health benefits including improving your flexibility and stress reduction.  There are 2 workouts on this DVD, each around 25 minutes long and are labeled “AM” and “PM”.  Both routines are filmed outside and feature a voice over track instead of the instructors talking to you  while doing the moves.  The “AM” routine is filmed on a rocky beach and is designed to wake you up and give you energy for the day.  There is more flowing movement in this routine.  The “PM” workout, filmed in a peaceful grassy area, is designed to help you destress from the day and get ready for a good night’s sleep so it is slower paced and features more stretching type moves that are held for longer periods of time.  Although the moves are fairly straight forward, I recommend that you watch each routine all the way through before you try them because you will be on the floor for most of the workouts and it will be difficult to see the TV screen.  All you will need for these routines is a mat and a towel and belt for the PM workout to make it easier to hold some of the stretching moves.

10 Minute Solution Target Toning For Beginners: When starting a fitness program, many people will focus only on cardio for weight loss but weight training is just as important because it helps to build and define your muscles. It will also help to regulate your metabolism.  Another misconception people have about weight training is that you have to spend a lot of time in order to get a good result.  As long as you are consistent with strength training, you will see results.  This video makes is super easy because each routine is only 10 minutes!  There are four routines that each target a different area of the body and the fifth routine is a stretching segment.  The only equipment you will need is a pair a hand weights (water bottles will also work) and a mat or towel.  Each routine features classic, easy to do moves that are effective.  The instructor is friendly and offers clear instruction.  You can do one routine or combine multiple routines in the order you wish to do them.  I really like this format, especially for beginners, because you can focus on one specific body part in a short amount of time.  This DVD may be basic but all you have to do to make it harder is to use heavier weights.  

I hope this list inspires you to make 2017 the year you can finally say “I kept my New Year’s Resolution for the entire year”!

Written by Katie Kelly