Hips and thighs and arms, oh my! It may not be as easy to stay slim these days as it used to be, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. PBS's Suzanne Andrews takes you though two 25- minute, fat blasting workouts specifically designed to help the 40--plus set slenderize tough-to-tone areas. You can choose to sit or stand, depending on your fitness and comfort level. The DVD includes a 30-minute segment in which a doctor and a registered dietician answer frequently asked questions about weight loss. Also plus size friendly. $19.99 Purchase at http://www.healthwiseexercise.com/
JuggleFit Juggle Your Way to Fitness
Bored by traditional exercise? You might be surprised to learn that juggling is an aerobic workout. Juggling challenges the body and mind, lubricates the joints in the arms and shoulders, boosts brain power, and helps with coordination and balance. This DVD, led by instructor Heather Wolf, includes nylon scarves, a balance and coordination workout with three levels of difficulty, a beach warm-up and cool-down, and practice tips to help you master the circus art.
T'ai Chi Chih Joy Thru Movement
Simpler than tai chi but with the same benefits, T'ai Chi Chih was created in the 1970's and consists of 19 movements and one pose. A University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse study found that older adults who practice T'ai Chi Chih for five weeks experience less stress and a greater sense of well being. "With the accumulation of chi through T'ai Chi Chih, permanent changes in the metabolism and the thinking process take place", says creator Justin F. Stone, now in his 90's. The DVD includes 45 minutes of instruction on the principles of the movements, followed by a 45-minute practice.
This routine is low-impact hybrid of dance, Pilates and yoga that gets you moving while strengthening your core, improving your posture and stretching your limbs. The music will propel you through the workout, which makes use of common household items like a can of beans, ketchup bottle, throw pillows and a chair. Led by fitness instructor Jillian Hessel, the DVD includes a dance warm up, a chair workout, a mat sequence, a rise to standing end segment and a bonus tutorial to help insure correct posture.
($12.95, http:// www.jillianhessel.com)
Walking for Fitness Kit with Kathy Smith DVD
It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of exercise, but walking can help you burn calories, increse energy, manage stress, reduce the risk of heart attack and other diseases, lower body fat, and revitalize muscles. Fitness expert Kathy Smith takes walkers to the next level with this kit, which includes two 1.5 pound hand weights, a pedometer and the indoor walking DVD. The program is the equivalent of a two mile walk and is designed for all ages and abilities.
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Host of Functional Fitness on PBS TV and occupational therapy practitioner, Suzanne Andrews specializes in increasing your ability to live better, longer and healthier regardless of your age or ability level.