Most weight loss plans include some gym work or at least some jogging, walking or cycling and for some people exercising around other people makes them feel uncomfortable or self-conscious. A lot of the exercises in a weight loss plan can now be done at home, and this is where a weight loss video can be the answer.
Before starting on a weight loss program you will need to decide what your goals are: what your goal weight is and what is the total amount of weight you want to lose, what the time frame for losing that weight is and how much you want to lose weekly, and how much time you have available to exercise. Slowly is better than losing weight quickly so make your goals realistic and achievable.
Once you have decided on your plan you need to choose a weight loss video or DVD that suits your plan. Make sure that the program starts at the level you are at and that it is simple enough to follow and still be effective. If you have experience in exercising, then you will have a better idea of what you are looking for but if you have never engaged in an exercise program before then finding the right exercise video can be a little more difficult.
Do some research and perhaps check out fitness websites for information and recommendations. There are also some excellent fitness/health and diet magazines that have reviews on weight loss video exercise programs that can help you find one suitable for you.
The advantage of fitness magazines is that they are specific and a great source of information on anything to do with health and fitness. Many fitness experts contribute to these magazines and they have plenty of experience to draw from. They commonly write reviews on different workout programs and can advise you on the safety and skill aspects of each program.
Another good source of information is the internet. There are plenty of reviews available, and you can learn more about your subject by reading as many as you can. Some questions to ask while reading these reviews are: do other people like those videos, were they able to lose the desired weight they were aiming for, how much did they lose, and over what time frame did it take to lose that weight?
An in-depth article or review will yield more information generally but be wary of the accuracy of the information. Obviously, the more you read, the better you will understand about the program you are looking at.
The most important thing to remember is begin your exercise program at the level of fitness you are at. There is no advantage to tackling a higher level of exercises when you have been inactive for a period of time and are really at a beginner's level. As a matter of fact, you run a high risk of injuring yourself by starting at the wrong level for you.
Another thing to consider is that if you have a good level of fitness in one form of exercise, do not assume that you are at that same level for other types of exercise. As an example, if you have been cycling for some time, do not jump into an advanced training for the upper body.
The best place to start is at your level of fitness and use an introductory video at that level. Make sure that you take note of any health warnings included in your weight loss video, and if you have any doubts, check with your doctor first, before beginning your training program. Even if you seem healthy, you cannot be too careful. Any conditions like high blood pressure and diabetics can be dangerous if embarking on a weight loss plan without medical clearance, and these conditions in particular can be hidden, so see your doctor first to be safe.