Chief Counsel Michael Stailey worked muscles he didn't even know he had.
Invest little. Reclaim much.
Here's an unusual review—not only have I gone through the DVD workout, I also had the pleasure of attending Dr. Lynn Anderson's Anti-Aging Workout in person at Equinox Fitness in Los Angeles. The minute you meet her, you know you're in good hands. Lynn is a kind soul who has reached a place of contentment in life that few people ever find. A New England upbringing merged with a California approach to holistic mind/body fitness makes her the perfect inspirational coach, which comes through loud and clear in every minute of this workout. Young or old, in shape or not, everyone can benefit from this 40-minute routine. Whether taken in three separate segments—Flexibility, Balance, Strength—or in one full program, you'll come away feeling rested and energized. The best part is you don't have to over-exert yourself to reap the benefits.
Far too many people look at workout DVDs as intense masochistic excursions, but then that's the image engrained in our brains by television infomercials and reality series. This isn't Celebrity Fit Club or Body by Jake and your instructor isn't Billy Blanks or Denise Austin. Lynn is a mother and grandmother with the same issues and challenges we all face. The difference is she's made time in her life to slow down, relax, stretch, and work her muscles—something we can all do.
I was introduced to yoga several years ago. At the time, like many of us, I was overworked, ate way too much of the wrong foods, and was far too stressed-out for my own good. I played a few sports as a kid (baseball, basketball, tennis, and golf) and did my fair share of working out in college, but quickly lost any of those gains when I entered the 9-to-5 working world. I got lazy, an affliction that affects most middle-aged Americans. Between work, kids, and social lives, who has time to work out, right? Still, when health problems start popping up, you're going to wish you'd made the time. The good news is, it's never too late to start—and it doesn't take a huge commitment on your part. Set aside 30 minutes a day, three days a week to work out and you're already ahead of 90 percent of your friends and family. Now take those 90 minutes and make them count—walk, jog, ride a bike, stretch out, lift some weights, or pick up one of any number of low-impact exercise DVDs. Doctor Lynn's Anti-Aging Workout is an excellent place to start.
Alternating deep stretches with relaxation and breathing techniques, Lynn makes this routine accessible to everyone. Regardless of physical limitations, the workout can be modified to bring positive energy to even the most ardent couch potatoes. You don't have to know or understand Pilates poses or yoga terminology. You don't have to spend thousands of dollars on obnoxious machinery or fancy equipment. All you need is a floor and a willingness to improve your health. Oh, you'll be sore the next day, but you'll also feel more alive than the day before.
Presented in 1.33:1 full-frame format, Doctor Lynn's Anti-Aging Workout looks like many other DVD workouts—a big open space dressed in warm lighting and soothing music. There are even a couple of students for her to work with. Nothing about the transfer is exceptional, but the Dolby 2.0 stereo track will envelope your room with light and lilting sounds. The only downside here is that to get the full benefit of the routine you'll need some light hand weights (2-3 lbs.) and an inflatable stability ball on hand. Those movements don't appear until the 25-minute mark of the full routine or the Strength portion of the individual segments. Again, you can skip these final 15 minutes, if you'd like, but you'd be cheating yourself out of the full benefit. My suggestion: pick up the DVD and see how you feel after the first two segments. If you are as energized as I was, you'll want to spend the extra $25 for the equipment. If not, you'll at least given yourself a chance to experience the benefits of re-invigorating your mind and body, and perhaps inspire yourself to seek out more exercise experiences and continue the process. What have you got to lose?
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