Posted: Dec 31, 2013 7:00 AM
 
Runners, bikers and outdoor walkers are sometimes defeated by the cold weather. If bundling up for your workouts isn't your favorite thing to do, try these six exercise DVDs for an indoor exercise boost for your routine.

Get fit with ballet-inspired routines

Workout DVDs- Ballet Beautiful: Body Blast If you're looking for the sleek, strong muscles of a ballerina, Ballet Beautiful: Body Blast will help you reshape your body, one workout at a time (Amazon, $9). Mary Helen Bowers is a former New York City Ballet dancer, and she trained Natalie Portman into ballerina shape for Portman's role in Black Swan. The four 15-minute workouts are backed by classical ballet music. The workouts can be mixed and matched depending on the areas on which you want to focus, and Bowers' calm voice leads you through the tough workouts that sculpt your muscles without straining your joints.

Workout DVDs- Colleen Saidman's Yoga for Weight Loss

Transform your body with yoga

Combine the restorative qualities of yoga and stress-free cardio burn in three 20-minute routines that challenge your body into shape with Colleen Saidman's Yoga for Weight Loss (Amazon, $8). Beginners may need a few viewings to become completely familiar with the poses used throughout the DVD, but the flow between poses helps keep up your heart rate and blood flow while still managing to capture the mentally relaxing nature of yoga practice.

Workout DVDs- Tracy Anderson: Precision Toning

Tone up with Tracy Anderson

Tracy Anderson is best known for her Mat Method workouts, but Tracy Anderson: Precision Toning is a fantastic choice for women looking to tone their bodies (Amazon, $10). The DVD contains four 15-minute segments focusing on arms, legs, glutes and abs. If you constantly find your at-home workouts interrupted, Precision Toning can be easily broken up into 15-minute segments during the day — or throughout the week.

Change your body with Jillian Michaels

Workout DVDs- Jillian Michaels Body Revolution

Jillian Michaels Body Revolution is more than a single workout DVD (Amazon, $98). The system is a comprehensive 90-day plan for extreme weight loss. With 15 workout DVDs, a 30-day online membership to Michaels' VIP support club, seven-day kickstart nutrition plan and suggestions for how to vary your workouts for maximum results, Body Revolution is perfect for people looking to seriously overhaul their fitness routines. The workouts require only 30 minutes a day, but the 90-day plan is truly formulated to transform your body — and your lifestyle.

Fitness through a living room dance party

Workout DVDs- Dance Off the Inches: Latin Cardio Party

You don't need to be an experienced dancer to have fun with Dance Off the Inches: Latin Cardio Party (Amazon, $9). The DVD begins with a tutorial that teaches you 10 dance moves that are combined into mini routines to make up the Samba, Cumbia and Raggaeton. Even beginning dancers will be able to follow the slowed-down tutorial, and as the music speeds up, so will your heart rate. Before you know it, you'll be sweating, twisting and shaping your body.

Channel your inner dancer with Pure Barre

Workout DVDs- Pure Barre Pershing Square 1: Ballet, Dance, Pilates Fusion Workout

Carrie Rezabek is the founder and CEO of Pure Barre, found in studios across the U.S. Pure Barre Pershing Square 1: Ballet, Dance, Pilates Fusion Workout is a 45-minute, full-body workout designed for people at a beginner to intermediate level of fitness (Amazon, $59). Each series of isometric exercises is followed by a stretching routine that will help build lean, strong muscles.

Bottom Line^ Just like choosing any fitness plan, consider your personal likes, dislikes and goals when deciding on a new DVD. Just because something works for your best friend doesn't mean it will work for you if you dread sliding that silver disc into the DVD player each morning! Find something you love, and you'll look forward to your workouts instead of dreading them.

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