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Are DVD Exercise Worth It?

Thursday, October 25, 2012 · 0 comments

In the last decade the upsurge of DVD exercise programs has been remarkable. A multitude of exercises from yoga, kickboxing, Zumba, muscle building and a lot more have been made available in DVD. You can choose from single discs to 90, 60, and 30 day complete programs. These exercises can potentially be an easier and faster way to engage in a great workout and change your lifestyle into a more active one. So, would it really be as simple as following along? Yes and no.  Before getting your wallet to pay for the latest exercise craze in DVD, how about asking yourself a few questions?

What are your objectives?

Have a clear picture of what you want to achieve from it. Are you buying it as a supplement to the current program you are in or do you need an entire new one? Is your goal to build muscle or lose weight? Or perhaps, do you just want a fun way to get moving?

There are various options to suit your different needs. If kickboxing is not your thing, don’t buy it just because everyone is excited about it.

What is your present fitness level?

Typically, exercise programs always warn you about consulting your doctor before you get started. Well, don’t ignore this warning. It is critical that you listen to it. If you have been a couch potato for years, it would be totally unsafe for you to jump into an extreme exercise routine drastically. Even without your doctor’s advise, give your present fitness state an honest assessment.

Likewise, look at your past exercise experience. After all, a DVD program is not interactive. It can’t address your questions nor call your attention if you are performing some steps incorrectly. You can acquire injury and waste your time in an ineffective workout.

How much time and money can I afford?

Most of the programs require minimal to no equipment. However, check out the requirement before purchasing just to be sure. It would be very disappointing to get 10 minutes into it and your need to use a dumbbell. Typically, single workouts take about 30 to 60 minutes and you can fit it in your daily schedule. On the other hand the 30 to 90 day programs require more time and can be very difficult to squeeze in if you have a busy schedule.

How long will it be useful to you?

When you are just starting out, you follow along the exercise and actually feel good about yourself. However, if you do the same exercise routine over and over again, the tendency is that your mind and body will stop responding to it. Once you have familiarized the routine and memorize all the steps you will find that you are no longer doing it with the same intensity as you had at the start. Perhaps, at this point you will decide to purchase the next set of DVDs or join a gym.

When it comes to DVD based exercises, don’t rush and thoughtlessly buy whatever the latest exercise fad that hits the market. Do at least as little research before reaching out for your wallet.

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