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Shapely Girl: Low Impact Cardio for Beginners

Monday, July 22, 2013

Recently I decided I wanted to start incorporating work-out videos into my routine. I know that they will give me new ideas for moves and that they will push me much more than I would push myself on my own. Also not being a seasoned exercise expert I don't have many moves on my own.

I also had the brilliant idea of checking out my local library to see if they stocked any work-out videos. That way I could try out a bunch of different types and see which ones I liked best. The only real previous experience I have with work-out videos is a pilates video I used to do with my mom (which we both hated) and some videos on SparkPeople (most of which I've found so far are a smidge beyond my fitness level at this point, though I do like them).

The first DVD that I borrowed from the library is: Shapely Girl Fitness: Let's Get Moving Low-Impact Cardio.

Here is the link to the DVD:

And here is the link to Debra Mazda's website:

The DVD delivers on exactly what it promises: low-impact cardio. One of the things I found most challenging about some of the videos I've tried on SparkPeople was the hopping and jumping, I'm not quite there yet (and neither is my sports bra). This video is a great first video for someone just starting out with exercise. The moves were easy to follow and I was able to keep up with everything, BUT by the end I was drenched with sweat. It still definitely pushed me and challenged me without making me feel like a complete n00b. Also the ladies demonstrating were full-figured. It was encouraging to see women my size (or bigger) doing the moves.

While you could probably increase the difficulty of the moves to some degree, this video is definitely geared towards beginners, so not a great pick for someone who has done a lot of training and is looking for a challenge. Perfect for the newbie just starting out on an exercise plan, who wants to be challenged but not overwhelmed.
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    If your library has an online catalogue, give it a search. More and more libraries are stocking movies, cds, and workout videos - amongst other things. Not only do you get to try the videos, but it's often for free. It gives you a chance to try all kinds of workouts!

    There's a workout video series called 10 Minute Solution. It has dozens of videos covering many different types of workouts. The videos have usually 6, 10 minute long videos where you can do just one, choose a few, do them in any order, or even do them all. Check them out. I've used a few of them in the past (I can't move much anymore) and loved them. There's all kinds of workouts like yoga, dancing, kickboxing, prenatal, and everything in between. Here's the series (but you can probably get most of them cheap on amazon):
    1672 days ago
    Great find, Congrats! emoticon
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