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DVD Review: Chair Dancing Through the Decades (Seated Aerobics)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Jodi Stolove's Chair Dancing Through the Decades: Seated Aerobics for ages 5 to 95

Before I begin my review, just a little information about me for those who do not regularly read my blogs. I have problems with my left hip because of bone mets (tumors in the bone) from stage IV breast cancer. I have chronic pain in my bones there, and also nerve damage from the cancer and the radiation treatments I have had. Because of that, I can't stand or walk for long periods of time, and when outside of my house, I use a cane. I do seated workouts because of this. I am also dealing with fatigue because I have anemia as a result of the chemotherapy treatments I have been on for over 3 years now.

This is a fun workout that tones muscles, improves flexibility, and burns calories. There are three levels of the exercises shown, depending on your abilities and how challenging you want the workout to be. The routine consists of a warm up, aerobics, and a cool down. There are three short breaks where Jodi stops and has you check your pulse, and charts are shown so that you know where your heart rate should be based on your age.

The music isn't the best, it's kind of "generic" sounding, but the workout itself is a lot fun, with dance styles including the Charleston, swing, rock & roll, The Twist, hand jive, Motown, disco, and hip hop.

Jodi's instruction style is encouraging, engaging and friendly, without superfluous conversation.

I tried this out a few days ago. I had to take a couple of breaks to rest, but I did manage 34 minutes, and I worked up a sweat and it did get my heart rate up. I will keep on trying though, and someday, I will do the entire workout without having to take breaks.

I found a used copy of this DVD on Ebay; I paid $7 and the shipping was free. You can do a search on Google to find other places that sell this product.
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