We all slow down this time of year. The cold weather invites us to stay inside and relax under a blanket. But we know where this will get us when spring comes. In a panic! So, why not choose one of our “gentler” fitness DVDs to keep you in shape this winter?
Leslie Sansone is always a go-to instructors for an easy workout. She is famous for “indoor walking”. The music is set at the right tempo to get you walking at a 15-minute mile. Not super speedy, but just enough to get your heart pumping. The moves are easy it’s mostly marching in place with variations of side-to-side, low kicks and marching front and back.
If you have an injury, or can’t walk for any reason, we do have a few chair workouts. The queen of seated exercise is Mary Ann Wilson. We have Season 8 of her “Sit and Be Fit” television series on DVD. These exercises are designed to improve core strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, circulation and reaction time. You may not break a sweat with Mary Ann, but if your goal is simply to move, this may be a good place to start.
The library also has several good stretching, yoga and Pilates DVDs. For a yoga instructor, you can't get better than Rodney Yee. If you want to give yoga a try, we have Rodney’s “Yoga for Beginners” DVD. In addition to the two workouts, there’s a tutorial of 20 basic yoga moves to get you started with the proper form.