By Dr. Madelyn Fernstrom
A popular recommendation we’ve all heard is to “choose your favorite DVD.” A great idea, and a time saver for those who have no time or interest in the gym. But with dozens (hundreds!) of DVDs out there, who has the time to find the right one?
Now a fantastic website allows you to review and sample DVDs of all types – before you buy. It’s called collagevideo.com and it’s a site that’s easy to maneuver, allowing you to search by activity, instructor, and intensity of the routines.
Selecting the right instructor is the most important aspect of finding a good fit – and your comfort level here is essential. Are you looking for a drill sergeant? Or a gentle and encouraging voice? Do you prefer a man or a woman?
You’ll also need to think about the kind of activity you prefer: cardio, strength training, stretching, or mind/body activities. If you’re feeling adventurous, you might want to consider workout DVDs that feature exercise balls, kettle bells, resistance bands, or other accessories. Even if you are not sure what kind of exercise you’d like to do, when you simply scan a bunch of DVDs that look appealing, you’ll eventually find one that connects with you.
Once you’ve clicked on a video, you can take a look at a sample clip before deciding if you’d like to purchase it. No cost and no obligation if you choose to pass (there’s also no fee to log on).
Whether you want to walk or dance, go to boot camp or yoga class, you’ll be able to find the right activity to fit your needs. Always remember to check with your doctor before changing your exercise routine.
Give it a try, and let me know what you think!