Ever wanted to do Yoga but don’t feel too comfortable stretching your body in front of a lot of people, even if they’re on the same boat as you? Always wanted to do aerobics but aren’t too happy with all those mirrors in the studio reflecting your flabby midsection?
To remedy both situations described above, most would simply go for home fitness videos. The amazing variety of exercise videos makes it easy for one to find virtually any and all fitness exercises ever put on tape. From Yoga to Pilates to ab workouts to dancing for weight loss to aerobics– name it and you can find them all on video. Whether you’re a beginner, in the intermediate level or advanced in a particular exercise, there’s a video to suit your needs.
Convenience-wise, nothing beats using home fitness videos to guide a workout regimen. You can do them at your own pace and time. And because you do your workout right at home, you can rewind or pause particular segments in case the baby cries or some other concerns require your attention. A video costs way less than gym membership too.
But not all home fitness videos are the same. Some are good, others are great while still a great number are not only bad, they’re downright dangerous. How do you tell which ones are worthy and which ones you need to pass up? Here are some practical tips:
For starters, worthy home fitness videos are developed by experts in the industry. When we say experts, we don’t mean Hollywood celebrities, models or some other famous people who do not know anything about fitness. Look at the certifications and qualifications of the instructor. If they’ve studied a particular regimen and are certified for it by boards who are supposed to give them accreditation, then that’s good benchmark to start with. Now, there are videos out there where instructors team up with famous personalities to deliver the workout. That’s fine as long as it’s the instructor carrying the workout. If it’s just one star’s workout, beware.
Worthy home fitness videos are those that promote safe movements and techniques. How do you know this? Technically, if you’ve followed the instruction above, you’re pretty much in good hands. However, another way to determine this is to look at how long ago these videos were created. Generally, those developed recently have already incorporated the latest scientific findings on correct body mechanics compared to those done a decade ago. Fitness continues to evolve and as newer information becomes available through research, more efficient and injury-free ways of exercising replace or enhance older methods.
Finally, worthy home exercise videos are those that actually work. There’s no other way of knowing this except to ask around. If you know of friends or relatives or friends of relatives who are generally content with their chosen exercise videos, then that’s a good place to start. Go online and do your research there too. There are so many views and reviews that give valuable insight on a particular video you might want to try out.
Keep these three guidelines in mind before you go ahead and choose your home exercise video. Expert instruction, safe and injury-free movements and efficacy are the three benchmarks of a worthy home fitness video.