Have Fun Working out this Winter from the Comfort of Your Living Room!

Stay fit and healthy during Winter
Stay fit and healthy during Winter

It’s official – winter has clearly arrived in Cape Town. It’s cold, it’s dark and it’s depressing.

How on earth are we supposed to get even slightly excited about exercising when all we want to do is stay in bed?

I’m sure after a tough day at the office, you’d much rather plonk yourself down on the couch with a warm blanket, sip on some hot chocolate and zone into the world of 7de Laan, or catch up on the day’s rugby highlights. Am I right?

Maybe you really do enjoy exercising and the highlight of your day is to just let go of your stress and run your heart out on the treadmill.

This sounds all good and well, but somehow you just can’t be bothered to schlep to the gym in the pouring rain, strip off the layers of your warm clothes in the change-room – only to wait in line for your turn on the treadmill or bike. Talk about effort, and you haven’t even started working out yet!

Ok, so maybe you don’t feel like driving out after work to get to the gym – but, at the same time you also don’t feel like being a couch potato all winter either. Imagine what you’re going to have to do from September onward in order to shed off those pesky extra kilos in time for summer. So, what’s a happy medium here, then?

How do we enjoy working out in winter – keeping our weight at a healthy level and keeping up our energy levels – without spending a ridiculous amount of time in the car on the way to the gym, or waiting for our favourite machines to open up?

Workout DVD’s have become increasingly popular over the past few years, with a whole revolution of fitness DVD’s and interactive workout games being introduced. These include; kickboxing, yoga, aerobics, hip hop dancing, belly dancing, celebrity workouts, kinect dance and fitness routines, and sports workouts. With so many options to choose from, as well as the ability of being able to have a fun workout in the comfort of your own home – it’s easy to see why this has quickly become one of the top workout choices among people of all ages.

Workout DVD’s and games are easily available from a number of leading retail stores, including: CNA, Game, Musica and Sportsman’s Warehouse. A larger variety is also available to order online from Kalahari.net or Takealot.com.

If you’re not sure where to start, why not try out one of the popular workout DVD’s or interactive fitness games below? Browse online or visit your local retailer to see what else is available in your area.

Ten of the Best Home Workout DVD’s and Games

  1. Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2 (Kinect)
  2. Dance Evolution (Kinect)
  3. Zumba (Kinect)
  4. Get Fit with Mel B (Kinect)
  5. Jillian Michales 30 Day Shred (DVD)
  6. Yoga Booty Ballet: Light and Easy (DVD)
  7. Denise Austin: Boot Camp Total Body Blast!
  8. From Madonna and Gwyneth’s Personal Trainer – The Tracy Anderson Method – Dance Cardio Workout (DVD)
  9. New York City Ballet Workout: (Deluxe Edition) (DVD)
  10. The Biggest Loser – The Workout (DVD)

Thanks for this guest post to Melanie. Please visit her sites at http://melchi.hubpages.com and http://melaniechisnall.wordpress.com

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