DVDs for Fitness Beginners / David Baratz/USA WEEKEND
Pricey gym memberships and plunging temperatures may make you want to hibernate on your sofa rather than lace up your sneakers this season. Enter the ultimate excuse-buster: fitness DVDs. “They are cheaper than a gym membership, can fit into even the busiest of schedules and allow beginners to hit the pause button if they want to review a move again,” says Jennifer Cohen, author of No Gym Required. Ready, set, press “play”!
Element, Hatha & Flow Yoga for Beginners
Newbies can explore two different types of yoga. One 30-minute video showcases Hatha style, a slower method that’s focused on holding stretches. The other features a flowing vinyasa style that gets your heart pumping. The DVD also comes with a yoga strap. $21.98; amazon.com
Dance Off the Inches, Hip Hop Body Blast!
This video boasts three 12-minute dance routines and makes working out fun. Plus, the “Step Guide” provides a breakdown of moves such as “Happy Feet,” so even the most uncoordinated types can master the routine. $14.98; amazon.com
Slim in Six
This cardio and light-resistance program sets a goal to reshape your body in six weeks. To get there, it offers three workouts, a motivational calendar and a tool to help you measure inches lost. An introduction to basic moves eases you into the workouts. It also comes with a bonus flexibility routine to help you stretch it out on your days off. $60; beachbody.com
Rise and Shine: Wake Up, Exercises to Do Every Morning
A good way to start making exercise a daily habit is to do one of these seven three-minute stretching series every day of the week. Set to classic music, the video features moves that boost flexibility and are suitable for all ages and fitness levels. $14.95; amazon.com