Time Life Medical: Healthy Heart

Year Released: 1996

Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance , Special Health Conditions

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This video focuses on cardiovascular fitness, though it is not intended for cardiac rehabilitation except under a doctor's guidance. The "Better Understanding" segment of this video contains interesting animated graphics of the heart and circulatory system and how they are positively affected by exercise. It also teaches you how to take your own pulse and how to use a perceived exertion scale to judge how hard you are working.

This workout features the same instructors listed above: Ken Alan, Leora Myers, Joy Prouty, John Shropshire, and Valerie DePena. The workout consists of a 10 minute warm up, three 10-minute low impact aerobic sections, a 5 minute cool down, 7 minutes of strength training, and 8 minutes of stretching.

As with the rest of the videos in this series, the choreography consists of extremely basic, easy to follow moves like step touches, heel digs, and marches. The third aerobic section is a little more aerobically challenging, but still very basic. Throughout the workout, the participants show two different levels of aerobic intensity, and modifications of the aerobic steps, strength exercises and stretches are always shown.

At some points the male instructors didn't seem to follow the musical phrasing, and weren't always on beat, but the choreography is so simple it didn't really matter.

This workout might be a good bet for someone who is older or hasn't worked out in a very long time, but who doesn't have any specific health problems. It would be best for people who hate complicated choreography--others might find it too easy.