Give fitness

Bethenny FrankelNever give a gift as a hint! But if some one on your list is trying to get fit or is a confirmed fitness fiend, then a fabulous DVD maybe the perfect gift or stocking-stuffer. We review the best, so check our archives on Bing or Google. Just type in DolceDolce plus the words fitness or yoga, and you will get the info you need. But if you are in a hurry, let me recommend Body by Bethenny, reality star Bethenny Frankel’s yoga workout. I love it. It is a solid workout done with her personal teacher. It has amusing chatter and a good additional weight work-out. Bethenny credits it and walking with getting her back into shape, post-baby, in record time. This is a good DVD for any fitness level.

Many of you know may know Joy Bauer from The Today Show. Joy Bauer’s Slowdown Workout is no-nonsense but fun, with two 20-minute segments covering cardio and strength building – plus Joy’s weight-loss tips. Joy is appealing and supportive. This is a great start for anyone new to the fitness game. 
These DVDs are from . They also stock all the Exhale Core Fusion DVDs that are based on the popular Exhale Spa Mind-Body Classes. I personally do this work out four or five times a week. They also have DVDs by renowned yogini Shiva Rhea as well as Hemalayaa’s popular Bollywood workouts. All would make wonderful gifts.

The skinny girl secret

Try Bethenny's Skinny Girl workoutThe original “Skinnygirl”, Bethenny Frankel of The Real Housewives of New York drove many women crazy when she dropped her baby weight in record time. She claimed to do it by eating by her own skinny principles, walking 45 minutes a day, and using her own Body by Bethenny DVD. 

Bethenny and her personal trainer, celebrity instructor Kristin McGee, present a relaxed, but effective workout. Bethenny’s workout recipe is a combination. There is a 40-minute Hatha yoga workout that will tone, sculpt, stretch, and flex. She follows it with a basic stretch workout. Many women do not realize that working out with weights, not cardio, is what will help you lose weight! You need both, but the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn!
There is even a quickie bonus booty workout! I loved it. It was deceptively simple, but very effective. As a longtime yoga devotee, I did not know if I would like this DVD, but I love it. I reviewed it when it first came out in limited release a few months ago. Now I like it even more. It is a great workout. I like the style of yoga. It is not too slow – and it is not boring.
Bethenny Frankel is the New York Times bestselling author of Naturally Thin and The Skinnygirl Dish. See our archives for our reviews.