Physical Activity Boost: Exercise Videos

August 10, 2012

By Lizzy Parker, HSC communications intern

Lizzy Parker is a rising junior at Colorado College with a passion for health and fitness. In January of 2012, she became a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. As an intern at HSC this summer, she looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm for and knowledge about physical activity—and, that it can be fun!

As a kid, my mom frequently practiced yoga. She would attend the occasional class, but more often than not, she followed a yoga video. My sister and I loved watching her and began to do the poses along with her. Yoga gave my mom the flexibility (no pun intended) to exercise and spend time with us. Whether you have a newborn or a preteen, fitness videos offer an easy way to include your child in your exercise routine and demonstrate how to live an active lifestyle. Unfortunately, investing in these videos can add up. It is more cost-effective, and less of a gamble, to try a DVD before committing to a purchase.  When visiting your local library, take a moment to explore the fitness DVDs. You can also look for fun exercise videos on YouTube or exercise-specific sites. Pick whatever sparks your interest, or choose one of these:

  • Zumba is a fitness program that combines different types of dance with cardio. Popular for the fun music and energetic instructors, Zumba has garnered a devoted following. You won’t have a hard time convincing your children to join in!
  • Hatha Yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is great for beginners. The poses are simple and easy to follow for any age (like this one).
  • Tae Bo Kicks is a toned down version of Tae Bo, the martial arts inspired workout. Although geared toward kids, parents will enjoy taking part as well!

Give any of these a shot and figure out what works for you, and what your kids enjoy most!

Disclaimer: The recommendations on this blog are not meant to be a substitute for recommendations from your physician. Take care to consult with your physician if you have questions or concerns about beginning a new exercise regimen. As always, if something hurts, don’t do it. Know your body’s limits and refrain for pushing yourself too far, too fast.