Top 5 best fitness DVDs for women – and men

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Try as you might to justify that “festive” appearance, if your belly is starting to resemble a bowlful of jelly as we leave 2012, you might want an easy way to burn off those Yuletide pounds. If you want to be more active and lose weight this year, we have just the thing to help you get started: some of the best exercise DVDs to help you tone up and feel great.

Why DVDs? They might be the quick fix you’re after if going to the gym seems like a lot of money and going out jogging is just too cold. Getting fit really doesn’t have to be dull – the DVDs below are, we believe, actually fun. Of course, if you buy your fitness DVD with Give as you Live, some of what you spend will be donated to your favourite charity – at no extra cost to you.

Our top fitness DVDs and fitness DVD reviews are below:

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Zumba Exhilarate, £60

Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance fitness programme that has spread across the world. It’s a really fun way to work out (and we have first-hand experience). This body-shaping kit includes seven DVDs, two toning sticks, a programme guide, work-out planner and weight loss programme.

Here’s what a customer on Amazon thought: “The dance routines are great because you can set the intensity of the routines to each person’s ability and there are lots of them so you don’t get bored. It’s fun, energetic, and a really great work-out.” Start getting fit today when you buy this Zumba DVD.

Davina Intense, £14.99

Touted as one of the best fitness DVDs for women, this video is all about high-intensity exercise, with three sections: boxing, toning and abs. We’re not promising you can drop a million pounds with this DVD, but here’s what letschatfitness.co.uk had to say about it: “With the results I got it’s been a real bargain and I use it at least 3 times a week and has got me really into my fitness this is all thanks to Davina so if you want to get fit, lose weight and get stronger this is the DVD for you.” If you’d like to get fit with Davina, you can buy it here.

Strictly Come Dancing: Fitness Collection, £8

Don’t let your figure be a disahhhster, dahhhling. Yes, you can combine all (well, some) of the fun of the Strictly ballroom with a New Year weight-loss regime when you buy this DVD. Follow in the footsteps of your favourite celebrity stars: from the salsa to the cha cha, you can learn a range of routines – and get fit while you’re at it.

A customer on Amazon gave this fitness DVD 4 stars: “I thought it a bit complicated on first viewing but really it didn’t take long to learn and it’s good fun. It does really make you work – especially the jive. All the music is good and fits the dance moves. If you go wrong – so what?!” Stay as fit as Brucie does and get yours here.

Giggs Fitness: Power & Strength through Yoga, £20

Ryan Giggs is usually well-known for his role in the world of football, but little did we know he was a fan of a completely different discipline. This DVD shows him and a professional instructor going through a variety of yoga techniques and poses.

Here’s what a customer on Amazon thought of it: “I think that this product represents great value (both in price and in its unique content). The workout is pure genius. It is a refreshing take on fitness and Giggs does a great job. I found it inspiring, easy to follow, yet challenging.” If Giggs’ work-out hits the back of the net for you, get yours here.

Diversity: Dance Fitness Fusion, £23

This double DVD gives you a dance-inspired workout and an exclusive routine to learn, from 2009 Britain’s Got Talent winner Diversity’s very own tour.

This dance-loving reviewer gave the product five stars: “Diversity is on a level of its own. Even though this is a fitness video/DVD, their creativity, strength and mastery of street moves is a thing to behold. Some of the moves may be difficult for many to replicate, but Diversity does make a valiant attempt to break the experience down into small steps. Loved the dance, loved the music.” Get fit and throw some shapes of your own when you buy the DVD.

Best fitness DVDs for 2012-2013

So, whether you’re looking for the best fitness DVDs for women in the New Year, or are a man who wants to lose that hint of a Christmas beer-belly by seeing what Giggsy has to offer, we hope there’s something for everyone above. If there’s a fitness or exercise DVD that we’ve missed, please let us know by commenting below. And if you found this useful, check out part two – five more of the best exercise DVDs for women and men.