Judge Melissa Hansen can't stop to talk. She's power-walking.
It's long been discussed in fitness circles that walking can be just as good, if not better for your health, than running. Here's yet another workout that attempts to prove that hypothesis.
Following an annoying commercial for other Prevention Fitness DVDs, we get an intro explaining the Walk Yourself Fit program to follow and are asked to select a goal for ourselves: 1) Firming up or 2) Losing weight. From there we get a schedule of workouts to reach that goal. There are three workouts to choose from, each including a warm-up and cool-down. There's not much variation between workouts, with each including various moves such as side steps, lunges, knee lifts, toe taps, and marching. These are all things even a beginner can do in their own living room—just make sure you push the coffee table out of the way first.
The 28-minute Cardio workout is the best place to start. There's some good impact involved and will get you to work your arms as well as your legs.
The Body Sculpting workout is 24 minutes and adds in the use of light hand weights (if you have them), but the moves can be easily done without the weights also. This one requires the most coordination of the three, so if you're balance-averse, it could prove to be a challenge.
The Accelerated workout is 25 minutes long and alternates between three minutes of moderate intensity moves and one minute of high intensity moves. It's definitely higher impact, with elements of jogging and hopping.
Chris Freytag strikes a good balance between upbeat energy and personal encouragement without sliding into that realm of "dreaded perky instructor-land." At times she'll catch you off-guard by switching moves without warning, but going through the disc once or twice before diving in is always recommended. Overall, she gets the job done and you won't hate her after spending a few weeks on the same routines.
The audio and visual are more than adequate for a fitness DVD, so you'll only need the remote once to hit play. Included on this disc is a quick featurette, Smart Ways to Live Well (hosted by Freytag), devoting a couple minutes each on discussing "How to Beat Foot Pain," "Perfect Your Walking Technique," and "Do You Need New Shoes?" As an added bonus, an audio CD is included, featuring five separate 10-15 minute workouts, each with their own warm up and cool down. This is a perfect way to take your walking workout outside, when you get sick of the living room and need a change of scenery. The workouts are comprised of music with varying tempos and the occasional quick reminder from Freytag. Feel free to mix, match, and repeat for longer walks.
Overall, it's a great collection of easy and effective workouts for walkers suffering from a time crunch or cooped up inside the house due to inclement weather. Either way, by devoting 30-60 minutes you'll Walk Yourself Fit.
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