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Exercise DVDs for Sick Day Couch-Fusion Relief

Contrary to what your mom tells you when you call to whine, you can still exercise when you're sick. The general rule of thumb is this: If it's above the neck, and you don't have a fever, rock out with your fitness loving self. If you have a fever, and well anything involving the rest of your body, chill out, take a nap, and watch 9,000 Law & Order episodes. Having said that, there are some general rules of sicksercise ettiquette, like skipping the gym. The gym is a confined space with bad circulation, and spreading disease is just so rude. Let's be civilized, shall we. So basically, sick time is exercise video time. If ever there was a day to get down with Denise Austin, it's when your nose is rocking a crimson hue.

Without further ado, I present a whole bunch of lovely, lowish impact workouts that will keep you from fusing with your couch this cold season: 

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Utterly Lost In My Yoga Download

During yoga class, I look around to see what other people are doing. It's usually not because I'm comparing or competing or anything horribly non-yogic. It's because I'm really bad at following directions. For one, I perpetually mix up my right and my left. For two, I'm hearing impaired. For real (like 30% loss). So while I'm fine when I hear downward dog, sometimes when I hear hum-uh-nu-vassana (what?) I need some visual cues. This makes yoga podcasts — with their total lack of visual cues — particularly amusing sometimes.

Eoin Finn (via <a href="http://www.blissology.com/about/eoin-finn-bio/">blissology</a>)
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"...You discover that you can rescue yourself if you have to."  ..." More comments...

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Bootcamp DVD Blitz

Bootcamps are hard — afterward I usually feel like I've been hit in the face with a truck — and that may be the very reason my gym doesn't really offer them and instead serves up less abrasive options like Pilates, Spin, and Urban Rebounding. But I'm not ready to give up on Bootcamp, because even if I feel like I've been hit by a truck, I also feel like I've really worked. Some people with similar bootcamp hankerings turn to indy bootcamps. I turn to military-style muscle toning DVDs. My favorites: 

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How To Avoid At-Home Yoga Injuries

Yoga videos and downloads — oh so cheap and convenient, but no teacher in the room means no gentle hands coming around to nudge you out of your mangled Warrior and into a position that won't jack up your knees. But that doesn't mean you can't try to save yourself from the dangers of living room yoga. Today's L.A. Times is out with a series of photos of do's and don'ts for popular yoga photos. You'll cringe at the shots of scrunch-shouldered Cobra, and hopefully un-scrunch yours quite thoroughly next time you're flowing at home.  

via<a href="http://www.latimes.com/features/health/fitness/la-he-yoga-poses-pictures,0,2962300.photogallery?track=rss">LAT</a>

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oh, thanks for this! this is great for my students when they ..." More comments...

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The Best Ten-Minute-Or-Less Home Fitness DVDs, Plus Zsa Zsa Gabor

The Million Minute Month's counters are officially ticking. And yes, we want to track your epic runs and your back-to-back spin classes, but sometimes the best sweaty minutes come in nice, compact packages. Got ten minutes? Our resident home fitness DVD guru, Kimberly Rae Miller, knows how you should use them. Among her selections for the Top Five Fitness DVDs of all time: "10 Minute Solutions Quick Sculpt Pilates, which she bills as "the HARDEST Pilates DVD ever." Also topping her picks: "10 Minute Solutions: Knockout Body," with instructor Jessica Smith, who Kimberly says "may actually be my favorite ever on camera exercise teacher." Our friends over at Fit Bottomed Girls have a nice set of recommendations for more mini-segment workout DVDs. But their truly stunning find: the 7-minute Zsa Zsa Gabor workout video. Amazing! (Full video at the link or after the jump).

10 Minutes Solutions (via <a href="http://www.amazon.com/10-Minute-Solution-Sculpt-Pilates/dp/B002NS9OH2">Amazon</a>)
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right now I'm trying to figure out if I can pull of Zsa Zsa's 7 ..." More comments...

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Home Fitness for the Fellas

It is a sad and unspoken truth that the exercise DVD market is geared toward women. While I am a proud owner of a vagina, this anti-male mentality has always rubbed me the wrong way. Whenever an instructor references us ladies or talks about bikini season, my mind automatically registers that this is not a video for the menfolk. But it doesn't have to be this way. Gents, you too are entitled to spastic exercise in the confines of your own home! In keeping with this, I always note when fitness DVDs are testosterone-friendly. Here are a few of my man faves:

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I have penis envy, on the other hand.....(on the other ..." More comments...

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Get Ballerina Buff

If Kimberly Rae is right and ballet really is the new bootcamp, then this DVD is basic training.  There's no watered down ballet here. This is the real deal. New York City Ballet dancers pointing their toes, leaping, and gracefully arcing their arms about to a tinkling classical soundtrack and the commands of an off-screen narrator who sounds a lot like the narrator from Disney's Peter and the Wolf. I actually really liked Mr. Peter and the Wolf -- he's soothing and a bit regal (no "buns" in this video.  For ballerinas, the word is "buttocks" pronounced with a distinctly mid-Atlantic accent). He captures the mood of the whole workout.

NYC Ballet (via <a href="http://www.nycballet.com/uploadedImages/Researchers/Landing/concertobarocco-sm.jpg">nycballet.com</a>)

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Feng Shui Your Bod

We couldn't resist sandyliz's post this morning.  Word from Mary Hartley of "Dieting and You" is that junk in your house translates directly to junk in your trunk: "As a life coach and psychotherapist, I have observed that clients who live in cluttered and disorganized homes often struggle with weight issues as well. The heaviness of their homes mirrors the heaviness of their bodies and the heaviness of their spirit."  

Makes sense to us.  All sorts of things influence how we feel and act.  And so, in the spirit of shaping up our environments to boost our health and fitness, we bring you Social Workout's Top 5 Ways to Feng Shui Your Bod:

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Ellen Barrett

Ellen leads the fabulous Crunch: Pick Your Spot Pilates DVD (2002).

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