How Workout Videos Can Help

by : Scott White

Ever since Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons got us moving in the 1980s to their aerobic's videos, workout videos have been a part of most people's exercise routines at one time or another. The selection of videos available today is so varied and vast that no matter what your choice of exercise, you can find a video to assist you. Workout videos are a great component in helping to achieve your fitness goals.

Using workout videos in your fitness routine is helpful in many ways. Everyone knows how hard it is to make the time to exercise and getting to the gym is a near impossibility for some people and exercise videos are readily available for you to watch in your home, any time of the day or night. Having a variety of fitness videos in your home make will make it easy for you to exercise and you can workout whenever you havee got a few spare minutes, while moving at your own pace.

Workout videos can also help you save money. Gym memberships can be very costly and not everyone can afford them, not to mention that the number of people who have gym memberships but never step foot into the gym is ridiculously high. It's estimated that 50% of people who sign up for gym memberships either go infrequently or not at all. For many people it's a big waste of money. For an investment of $10-$25 you can own a workout video and for four times that amount you can have a variety of workout videos to help you target different fitness goals.

Using an exercise DVD during your home workouts can help you avoid injury as well. Many exercise videos are taught by experts in their field. It's beneficial to have a professional show you how to exercise correctly, and videos can provide professional assistance.

Fitness DVDs usually contain a warm-up and a cool-down session. These are very important in avoiding injuries, yet many people do not include them within their exercise routine because they are so easy to pass by if you don't have someone to remind you and with your very own personal trainer in front of you on the TV it is impossible to forget. Also, many specific types of exercises require precise movements, and the instructor in a workout can demonstrate the correct movements.

If you are self-conscious, then working out at home with a DVD can be very helpful. You get the benefit of being in an exercise class without having to exercise in front of other people. Perhaps you are insecure about your weight or feel awkward trying to learn new moves or simply uncomfortable having other people see you exercise. Using fitness DVDs in your own home can solve this problem.

Workout videos can keep you from getting into a fitness rut. If you'veve got a variety of exercise DVDs: weight lifting, yoga, kick boxing, aerobics, Pilates, dance, walking, boot camp, then you can keep yourself from getting bored. If you're tired of one video, you can put it aside for a while and try something different. After all it doesn't take too long for a body to adapt and then plateau, so don't be afraid to mix it up.

Workout videos can also cater to your level of fitness. If you are just beginning an exercise program and are not in the greatest shape, you can find many different workout videos for beginners. Once you gain endurance and stamina, you can move up to a more advanced level. There are also many videos that cater to those who have very specific fitness needs like senior citizens or women who are pregnant.

If you have kids, fitness DVDs can help you encourage them to exercise as well. If they see you exercising, they are more likely to live active lifestyles themselves and they may just join in with you. There are some workout videos created especially for children and you can join them when it's their exercise time.

With a variety of exercise DVDs in your home video library, you have all of the help you need to get moving, get fit and get in shape.