Workout Videos – Let’s Get Physical

There have been workout videos ever  since there has been the ability to make videos. Now the Internet and things like YouTube have made more of them – and you don’t even have to buy them. I found this one on my SparkPeople email this morning. It’s Quiet Cardio! I like SparkPeople. They have something for everyone.

I remember back in the ’70’s when VHS and Beta Video Tape Players were introduced to the general population and all of a sudden, you could rent videos. You could buy them, too, but when it all started they were about $100 ea. Now you can buy DVDs in the Dollar store for $2.00 and 3 for $10 at Walmart. But why buy them now when it’s on the internet?

Jane Fonda showed the world her version of Pilates before the rest of us even knew what it was. Richard Simmons made a fortune with series of videos for truly obese people. The music was fun and he was so funny to watch and follow. Yes, I lost it “Sweatin’ With the Oldies”. Even Cher had a couple of workout videos and they’re having a renaissance. Now there are whole sets of videos from Bootcamp to Beachbody. You can have the trainers from Biggest Loser or Burlesque. I found a website that is the Amazon.com of workout videos. It has 938 top-ranked videos, collagevdeo.com.  This has opened a whole new can of worms. Very healthy, well-built worms, but still worms.

I live on a cul-de-sac and my neighbours across the street has a huge TV that I can watch from my kitchen window. Imagine if they were working out in the comfort of their home to Jillian putting them through their paces? I’m having way too many scary images in my head. That’s what I would look like, too. I know people have been working out with their TVs ever since there have been TV’s. There was Charles Atlas (of the comic book back cover fame), Jack Lalanne and 5BX (RCAF). George Burns used the 5BX and lived to be over 100. My Dad used 5BX, too but he was in the Navy (RCN).

So many of us workout at home now. And if videos help, why not! You can take them on your phone, computer etc. I thought I didn’t own any but it turns out there are a couple from the girls downstairs. They aren’t tapes but DVD’s and include Billy Blanks and Tae Bo  and some yoga ones. Sigh. I never used those. I know I can borrow them from the library or get them really cheap at thrift stores. But, right now, I’ll stick to my hand-outs from the joint replacement clinic and the Arthritis Centre and go at my own speed. Then, when the urge strikes me, I’ll do some chair exercises I got off YouTube.

Thanks for listening. ;D Diane

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~ by 1fatgirlshrinking - Diane Kirby on October 23, 2012.

3 Responses to “Workout Videos – Let’s Get Physical”

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  2. I am looking for the peter powell exercising tape. it has Let’s get physical along with the CAN CAN and even Stevie Wonder “Isn’t she lovely”

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