8. For bouncing back after baby
Patricia Friberg’s Belly Beautiful Workout: Postnatal Fitness and Busy Mom Workout (Belly Beautiful Workout) 80 minutes; $20
What you get: Five segments for new moms: ab training and pelvic floor exercises; a workout you do with baby; a cardio routine you do solo; total-body toning; and an exhilarating stretch. Segments vary from about 10 to 25 minutes.
Intensity level: For new moms, this will be moderate to challenging.
Highlights: When I was a new mom, I would have immediately related to instructor Patricia Friberg, who’s six months postpartum on this DVD. Bonus: Her own squirmy, giggly baby appears by her side in the “Baby and Me Workout.” Unlike some postnatal DVDs, I see this one working even when your baby gets older or you have more than one child in tow. My five-year-old daughter definitely enjoyed doing parts of this one with me.
My tip: Keep this title handy even when you’re no longer postpartum-I enjoyed coming back to its rejuvenating stretch after doing other fitness DVDs.
You’ll need: A mat and fitness shoes for the cardio segment (otherwise, barefoot). Some routines use a small fitness/Pilates ball and resistance band (these are optional, but recommended for best results).