5 Best Senior Exercise Videos/DVDs

Having an exercise routine is important for everyone.  Getting exercise as a senior can be harder to come by. For instance, maybe you have limited access to a nearby gym; Perhaps you have a lack of transportation; Maybe you feel more comfortable exercising at home; or you’re looking to add to your at-home exercise equipment.  If one of these scenarios is something you can relate to, then-5 Best Senior Exercise Videos/DVDs might be just what you need in narrowing your purchasing choice.

There are a few aspects of working out you should target for a well-rounded routine – strength training, cardio, stretching for increased flexibility, and perhaps balance. When you are incorporating an exercise routine, try to get all these aspects included over the week.

Below I have researched and compared different videos/DVDs made especially for seniors.  I’ve only compared those that received at least a 4+ star customer rating.

Remember, before starting any exercise routine, consult with your doctor to get his/her clearance.

Balance & Strength Exercises for Seniors

Balance & Strength - Cover photo with woman balancing on one leg in front of lake with mountains in the background.

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ASIN: B01J2IY858

Available in video and DVD

Run Time 198 minutes

Features:

Traditional Exercises, and Modified Tai Chi, Yoga & Dance Based Movements.

  • Chair-seated practice to gently strengthen your entire body (17 min.)
  • Classic stationary balances performed holding onto a chair for support & seated core-strength work (31 min.)
  • Practical walking balances & dance-based stepping movements to improve your ability to react quickly and improve cardiovascular health, performed using a chair for support (16 min.)
  • More challenging walking & stepping balances, without a chair (18 min.)
  • Leg strength exercises (13 min.)
  • Upper-body seated strength & mobility exercises (12 min.)
  • Lower body stretches (13 min.)
  • Tai Chi easy full-body mobility practice (17 min.)
  • Tai Chi practices with eight forms, similar to traditional tai chi, but modified to make it easier to learn and to emphasize the balance improving aspects of tai chi (eight min.)
  • It also includes a separate short (3-7 minute) tutorial for learning each of the eight tai chi forms.

Equipment Needed:

  • Chair
  • Hand weights

Cons:

  • Some people might find it a bit slow and boring – This is more if you have been exercising. However, many people like the slowness as they can complete the exercises presented.
  • Some complaints about the DVD not working correctly were found.

Pros:

  • The exercises are low impact – easy on the knees and hips.
  • Well rounded workout.
  • It is reasonably priced.
  • Available in both video and DVD.

Senior Exercise Workout Video

 

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ASIN: B01KTVQB20

Available on 3 DVDs

Run Time – Not stated

Features:

  • 3 DVDs plus Resistance Bank
    • Simply seated exercise DVD – Seated total body workout! Great cardio, abs, core, strength training
    • Vitality Exercise DVD –  Fun and easy to follow total body workout with boxing-inspired movements. (ALL exercises demonstrated both seated and standing)
    • Strength Training exercise DVD –  Effective exercises with targeted movements for muscle building, core training, and fat burning using resistance bands (ALL exercises demonstrated seated and standing)
    • Stretching and Balance Segments at the End of Every Workout.
    • Includes Resistance Band

Equipment Needed:

  • Chair If Needed – All Exercises Are Shown Standing and With the Option of Using a Chair

Cons:

  • 1 Report of Case Damaged in Shipping
  • 22 Reviews as of Writing this Article, Not a Lot but Mostly Positive

Pros:

  • Variety of Workouts
  • Resistance Band Included
  • Shows Modifications for Different Levels of Fitness
  • Upbeat

Stronger Seniors® Stretch and Strength Chair Exercise Program


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ASIN: B0012YN35M

Available on DVD – 2 discs

Run Time:  95 minutes

Features:

  • Stretching
  • Aerobics
  • Strength Training

Equipment Needed

Cons:

  • Some reviews said the workout was too slow, but others said it was a great pace.
  • A few complaints about the DVD not working.

Pros:

  • Low impact – easy on the knees and hips.
  • Good price point.
  • Gives modifications.
  • Great ratings.

 

Absolute Beginners – Cardio & Strength Training Workout for Seniors

Product image of Absolute Beginners - Cardio & Strength Training Workout of Seniors. Shows instructor and 3 senior participants.

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ASIN: B009AX48NS

Available on DVD

Run Time: 63 minutes

Features:

  • 4 Segments
    • Warm-Up
    • Cardio – 22 minutes
    • Strength Training – 24 minutes
    • Stretching – 5 minutes

Equipment Needed:

  • Chair
  • Handweights

Cons:

  • Music is repetitive.
  • Some more advanced exercisers might find it too easy.

Pros:

  • Demonstration of modifications of exercises.
  • Participants are seniors, which some people might appreciate.
  • Good ratings.
  • It is reasonably priced.

 

Older & Wiser Workout for Seniors and Active Older Adults

Cover of Older & Wiser Workout. Includes image of instructor standing with 2 other participants.

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ASIN: B003MX5OSA

Available on DVD

Run Time – 65 minutes

Features:

  • Low impact aerobics – 23 minutes
  • Strength Training – 21 minutes
  • Cool down and stretch – 10 minutes

Equipment Needed:

Cons:

  • Some people might find the movements complicated.
  • Some people may find the moves too fast.
  • The voice of the instructor can be distracting.

Pros:

  • Three levels of modification.
  • The instructor is encouraging.
  • Good price.
  • Low impact.
  • Well rounded workout.

Still Can’t Decide?

Whether you are new to exercise or want to add to you at home exercise equipment there is a good variety of exercise videos and DVDs for seniors.  If you can’t decide which one you would want, my thought is this:  Choose the one you think you will enjoy.  My choice may be different than yours, and yours may be different from your friend’s choice, and that’s okay.

One of the best predictors of whether you will stay with an exercise program is if you enjoy it.  If you don’t like yoga, don’t do yoga; if you love aerobic, upbeat exercising, then choose one with music you love and that you can see yourself doing.

With so many senior exercise videos and DVDs available, I have no doubt you will be able to find something you like and I hope that 5 Best Senior Exercise Videos/DVDs helps you in that process.

I would love to hear your comments about any exercise videos/DVDs you have enjoyed.  What about them made you like them.  Have you done any that you didn’t enjoy?  Comment below.

 

2 thoughts on “5 Best Senior Exercise Videos/DVDs”

  1. I love how that not only in this article but others that you mention the pros and cons to the product you are talking about! great article to read about and very interesting features. Well done 🙂

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    • Hi Ruth,

      Thank you I’m happy you found this article useful. I’ve found, for myself, seeing the pros and cons of a product can make it easier to make a choice. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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