We all know how important it is to keep fit and healthy, but after a hard day at work the last thing you might feel like doing is dragging yourself to the gym or heading out in the cold for a run. Home fitness workout DVDs are a great solution for getting your blood pumping from the comfort of your own living room and to get your body toned up – you’ll save money on that expensive gym membership too!
Here are our top ten workout DVDs to get your body toned up:
1. IGNITE by SPRI 900 Calorie Burn
Four hard core 25 minute HIIT workouts to burn through calories fast – these workouts are short and sharp and will leave you sweat drenched yet satisfied. Perfect for those who like their workouts hard and want to get your body toned up.
2. Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred
This has become a classic workout dvd for a very good reason: it works. In just 30 days these workouts can help you to lose pounds , inches, gain strength and lean muscle as you work your way up from level 1 to level 3. 20 minutes a day is enough, but the key word here is consistency.
3. Kathy Smith Total Body Toning
You will need a few pieces of equipment for this one: A resistance band, a stability ball and resistance tubes. This dvd works the entire body to get that long, lean look and to get your body toned up.
4. Targeted Toning Yoga
This dvd combines the relaxing, meditative effects of yoga on the mid with its strengthening and toning effects on the body – the perfect combination for those looking to carve out a chunk of peaceful “me” time in a jam packed stressful life.
5. Dancing with the Stars: Dance Body Tone
Here is where the home dvd comes into its own: it doesn’t matter if you have two left feet, you can draw the blinds and shimmy to your heart’s content – nobody can see you! Get a dancers body and maybe learn a few moves at the same time? Yes please… as long as we don’t need to wear sequins
6. Yoga for Runners
OK I confess, my preferred workout is almost always running. However, runners need a strong core and they need to do some cross training too… and yoga is perfect for all of this as well as being relaxing for the mind. You don’t need to be a runner to enjoy this dvd either.
7. Made in Chelsea MIC:FIT
Fun 20 minute workout recorded in a light-hearted, tongue in cheek style to help you have a laugh and forget that you are actually working pretty hard and of course this will leave your body toned up.
8. 7 minute fit
Get fit in just seven minutes a day? Sounds too good to be true. Recent research (published in the American College of Sports Medicine Health and Fitness Journal) however seems to say that if the workout is hard enough then that may actually be sufficient. This dvd operates accordingly and is great for ladies with little time to spare.
9. Kickboxing Cardio Power
Had a stressful day? This dvd is perfect for getting out all of that pent up frustration in a healthy and productive way – a tough workout, with no equipment needed
Suzanne Bowen has taken the best of pilates, dance and yoga to create a high intensity workout that’s a great deal harder – and more effective – than it looks. Great for anyone who did ballet as a kid… or who wishes they had.
Do you have any suggestions?
Written by Paula Clarke