As I write this I’m feeling something less than the perfect picture of health and fitness: I’m traveling for work, and nothing does in a diet quite like 24/7 access to room service. After a long day of standing around a tradeshow booth smiling vacantly at people, the notion of chocolate cake being delivered to my king-sized bed at 10 PM is just too tempting to resist.
As soon as I get home, though, I plan to get back in the swing of things diet-and-exercise-wise, and since January is traditionally the time of year when most of us re-visit our health goals, I thought I’d share my favorite workout DVDs with you guys. I prefer the accountability and challenge of an exercise class, but it can definitely be challenging to find the time to get out of the house and to a gym. Sometimes it’s all about jumping around the living room like a dork in order to work up a sweat, and for those times, here are my go-to videos:
30 Day Shred. You’ve surely heard the buzz about this DVD: it will kick your butt seven ways from Sunday. The best part? It’s 20 minutes long. You can do anything for 20 minutes, right? You can do this workout, and I promise, you’ll see results.
Turbo Jam: Upbeat, not boring, and highly effective. I like the Punch, Kick & Jam DVD, and also highly recommend the Turbo Sculpting strength routine on the 5 Rockin’ Workouts DVD.
Hip Hop Abs. In a word: FUN. I love the instructor, and I even love trying to pretend like I’m not the worst dancer this world has ever seen.
10 Minute Solution. I just got this one, and while it’s a little on the boring side, it gives you a ton of great ideas for how to make the most of a fitness ball.
Crunch Boot Camp. I don’t love this DVD but it’s a great strength workout. 30 Day Shred is much better, but it’s nice to occasionally mix this one in for variety.
Tae Bo. Billy Blanks is one scary-looking dude, and the music and production of these DVDs isn’t the best — still, there’s a reason this workout has been so popular: you’ll definitely sweat and be sore afterwards.
Do you have any workout DVDs you’d recommend? Please share, I’m always looking for new ones!