Celebrity Workout DVDs vs Fitness Gadgets: Which Work Better?
Posted: Jun 19 2014
Over the last few years, there has been a plethora of Celebrity Workout DVDs flooding the market. From Davina McCall to Miranda Hart, it seems everyone, whether an A-lister or a Z-lister, has a workout DVD they are peddling. Are they effective at getting people to lose weight or are they just a money making opportunity for celebrities?
We have an obvious bias being all in favour of fitness and sports gadgets, but that doesn’t mean we can’t measure the effectiveness of Celebrity Workouts. There are a lot of articles and comments comparing the differences and varying effectiveness of Celebrity Workout DVDs but we want to take a more pragmatic approach to it.
No fitness programme is going to work without a certain degree of willpower. Just like so many people that sign up to the gym and then don’t go, people can buy a DVD and it will sit there gathering dust unless it is actually used. There are benefits to using a workout DVD; you can do it in the comfort of your own home, you don’t have to travel anywhere and there is the element of privacy with working out at home. The problem is that there are many distractions at home that can hinder your progress, food in the kitchen, the TV, the sofa, your partner, your kids, your dog, the list goes on. If you can overcome these distractions, actually put the DVD in the DVD player and use it every day, you will see results. But if you can’t that will be £20 wasted.
On the other hand, fitness and sports gadgets have the same willpower problem as the DVDs but the one thing they do provide is the ability to monitor progress. Using something like the Fitbit Flex can tell you a lot of things about how you are doing. For instance it monitors how many steps you have walked every day and it can even measure the amount of sleep you are getting. Even if you do no exercise that day, it will still tell you that for example you have walked 5,000 steps today and challenge you to do better tomorrow. A lot of Fitbit Flex customers find that it encourages them to increase the amount they walk every day and they start to go on little walks from their desks to up their step count for that day. This has a positive effect, people are more motivated and then may take it to the next level and go for a run or a bike ride.
The ability for fitness gadgets to sync with smartphones is another huge advantage over a DVD. You can keep track of your progress and share your workouts with your friends and family. Analysing your workout is a big plus for people trying to lose weight and the psychological effect that it has is huge for them to continue with their fitness programme. The only way to track your progress with the DVD is checking your weight on the scales. And as any of us who have tried to lose weight knows, that takes time. It does happen but so many people give up when they see no results. The benefit of using fitness gadgets is their ability to keep you motivated and stick with your weight loss or fitness programme.
At the end of the day some gadgets do cost more than a £20 DVD but it is up to you to decide which works best for you and your style of working out and getting fit. It is all about the end result of losing weight, getting fit and being healthy.
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