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How do I Choose the Best Workout Video?

Lauren Romano
Lauren Romano

A workout video is a good alternative for those who cannot afford a gym or just prefer to exercise in the privacy of their own home. With so many on the market, it can be difficult to figure out which one is best. There are several options for each person no matter what his preference is.

Many people, from well-known celebrities to lesser-known trainers, have created workout videos. Choosing one could be as simple as picking one done by a favorite celebrity, however, the better option may be to get one that is done by a reputable trainer. A good way of gauging a workout video is to read reviews about it online. Those who have used the video before may have written their opinion on whether or not they feel it is worthwhile.

Woman doing yoga
Woman doing yoga

How long the workout video is may also be a factor. Some videos are broken down into various sections, some as short as ten minutes or under while others may last an hour or more. The amount of time available for exercise as well as the exerciser's current health condition can play a role in which video is best.

For those who are just beginning exercising again or are exercising after a health problem, a low-impact, less stressful workout video is the best option. Pushing too hard can result in more harm then good and can exasperate any existing health conditions. Look for videos specifically for beginners or those targeted for a specific health issue. In addition, consult with a doctor before choosing the video to avoid creating any health problems.

Another option when choosing a workout video is to pick one targeted for a particular part of the body. For example, if improving the abs is a goal, then look for videos that are for that area. No matter what part of the body needs improving, chances are there is an exercise video for it.

Many videos focus on a specific type of exercise, for example, ballet or kickboxing. If trying a new dance or type of exercise sounds interesting, consider choosing a workout video that focuses entirely on that. To see if a specific exercise is fun and worthwhile, rent one for beginners that takes a minimal amount of time to complete.

Choosing a workout video is all about what the exerciser feels comfortable doing as well as what he should be doing in terms of health. There are options for everyone, from beginners to advanced, and in almost every type of exercise. They also come in a variety of price ranges, but if buying is not an option, there are a vast number to rent as well.

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