Workout videos and music can be a fun addition to any exercise routine. The video or song you choose will depend on your needs and the type of exercise you're doing.
Choosing Workout Videos and Music
When you set out to buy workout videos, tapes, or CDs, you should have a clear idea of what you hope to accomplish. Some videos and music are instructional in nature, guiding you step-by-step through a particular routine or workout. Others are merely meant to be inspirational. Songs, especially, can inspire during a workout; there's nothing like a fun, lively, upbeat song to keep your energy levels up!
Examples of Workout Videos
If you are looking for instructional exercise programs, complete with a workout instructor and visuals, you're in luck. You can find workout videos for every age and stage: kids, new moms, men, and seniors. There are also videos that target specific parts of the body, such as the abs, tummy, butt, and arms. And, of course, options abound for weight loss exercise DVDs. There are so many programs available, the toughest part will be settling on just one! A few popular programs include:
- Slim in 6
- Turbo Jam
- Hip Hop Abs
- Biggest Loser Workout
- Any by Denise Austen
- Dancing With the Stars Cardio Dance
- Billy Blanks Tae Bo
Workout Videos in Conjunction With Machines
There are also workout videos that are intended to be used with specific exercise machines or equipment. Many rebounders, exercise balls, and ellipticals come with their own instructional DVDs. You can also find exercise videos geared towards the Total Gym machines. On the opposite end of the spectrum are the bodyweight exercise DVDs, which teach you how to use your body weight as an exercise machine!
When it comes to workout music, it's really a matter of preference. You'll want to pick tunes that keep you feeling pumped up and full of energy. This isn't the time for soothing melodies! Although people's tastes vary, here are some popular workout selections:
- Walk This Way by Aerosmith
- No More Drama by Mary J. Blige
- Grove Is in the Heart by Dee-Lite
- Clumsy by Fergie
- Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
- SOS by Rihanna
- If You're Going Through Hell by Rodney Atkins
- Life Is a Highway by Rascal Flatts