Weekly Wellness

Weekly Wellness

by Laura Dillavou

There are inevitably some days when going to the gym or even taking a walk outside are just not appealing to you. Maybe you’re extra tired, or it’s really cold, or you’re expecting a very important phone call from that cute guy or girl.

If this sounds like something that has plagued you this year, try one or maybe two of these highly recommended workout videos that are a great way to get out of a workout rut.

* Tae-Bo II – Get Ripped Advanced

This video is not for the weak, feeble or tae-bo beginner. After going through 20 minutes of this, I was sweating profusely. The video is an hour of a high impact, fast paced cardio and toning workout. I suggest watching the video, then trying it.

* Reebok Intense Moves with Gin Miller

While this video requires a step, it is one that is designed to burn maximum calories in as little time as possible and who wouldn’t want that? The instructor is very good as her coaching is helpful and she has a great technique for easy learning. It is an intense session that lasts 48 minutes.

* Belly Dance Fitness for Beginners: Slim Down

Ok, so you laugh at the term ‘belly dance” and images of women in sheer, slinky clothing appears in your head. That may hold true in some cases, but in this video, instructors Veena and Neena are properly dressed and do a very good job of teaching basic belly dancing moves to every beginner.

I guarantee that this video will get you out of a workout rut, and will make the 30 minutes fly by. Belly dancing targets the hips, shoulders and in addition to that you will learn how to shimmy like Shakira.

* Essential MatWork with Moira Stott

If you aren’t looking to completely bust a gut with a workout, then this video is the perfect choice. Moira Stott uses many pilates and flexibility moves to really work the abs and lower back. This 45-minute video is aimed more at strengthening and toning rather than a cardio workout. A stretching mat is recommended, but a large towel will do, also. FreeStyle Roping: The Ultimate Jump Rope Workout with Louis Garcia and Rita Bland

That’s right kids…get your jump rope out for this video. The two instructors take you through a series of jump roping moves from basic to high tech. The slow motion, repetition and close ups really help the beginning jump roper master the moves. Jumping rope has long been known for its cardio benefits as well as the overall coordination it takes.

These are just a few of many videos that are available. Many video stores have a selection of popular ones so you don’t have to go out and buy it.