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77 of 77 people found the following review helpful.
Take your treadmill into the jungle!
By PT Cruiser
I own several walking DVD's of this type, but this is one of the best. The scenery is lush and the photography is steady and smooth and moves along just like you're walking in a beachside jungle or on a beautiful beach in St. Lucia. In the background you hear the waves on the shore and the birds and other natural sounds. It's easy to imagine yourself in a completely different, exotic place rather than at home on your treadmill or elliptical trainer.
One thing I especially liked about this DVD is that there is a 5 minute warm up section where you're on this beautiful jungle clearing overlooking the ocean with large rock outcroppings in the distance and the sun rising. It almost looks like a still scene except for the clouds slowly moving and a bird flying by every now and then. It's a good time to do a few stretches before beginning your walk.
The next part is the beachside jungle which is 37 minutes long. There you'll walk on a path among the palms and lush tropical plants. The birds and sound of the distant ocean are the only sounds you'll hear (unless you want to turn down the sound and use your mp3 player instead) as you walk along, looking at the scenery. The next part is the beach with it's high rocks along the shore and palapas overlooking the ocean. This part is 12 minutes long. You'll be walking at the ocean's edge with water lapping at your feet. This is a beautiful way to wake up in the morning!
The last part is a sunset and cool down which is 20 minutes long. As you watch the sun setting you might enjoy a few yoga poses or maybe a more leisurely walk after your workout.
I think these "virtual treadmill" or "virtual walk" DVD's are a wonderful way to make walking indoors as interesting as walking outside. For me, it makes the time go quickly and puts me in a great frame of mine to begin my day.
43 of 43 people found the following review helpful.
Beautiful Way To Make Exercise Time Fly By - and Get More From It!
By Bold Consumer
I have been using another set of virtual DVDs that are meant for cycling, but I use them on my treadmill. I've been so happy with them that when I got this one, I really was prepared to be disappointed.
I was delighted with it!
I hit the 'Play All' rather than choosing a specific segment. So we started out with a gorgeous still setting, with the sound of the ocean, which invigorated me as I got myself settled in on my treadmill. I was puzzled for a moment and thought that's all there was to it, so I stopped it and checked. Sure enough, that was just the warm-up.
Next, we come out of a little wooden gate onto a jungle path, surrounded with palm trees and other greenery. The sound was pleasant and non-intrusive. In fact, the sound of my treadmill was the only thing that annoyed me and I usually don't like the cheesy kind of sound on most 'scenery' videos.
So we travel on down that path, always choosing to go left when the path goes 2 directions. There are times when we go over small bridges and catch a glimpse of the water below.
Eventually I wondered if we would EVER get to the ocean, but we did. What a gorgeous view. I felt as if I were walking barefoot in the sand, with the waves coming in over my feet, sometimes having to walk around pieces of wood, etc., that had floated in from the sea. I felt as if I were really there.
I'm very pleased with this. It has a place by my bike-o-vision DVDs. I like to go to a different location to 'walk' or cycle or travel on my elliptical machine every day. It is such an incentive to get in there and spend that time which may also keep me healthy.
I recommend this DVD IF you are a person who loves nature.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful. See all 80 customer reviews...
A fun and relaxing workout
I've never heard of these nature walking DVD's before and just happened to find them while browsing other fitness walking DVD's. I thought I'd give this a try because I've always been a big fan of music with nature sounds in it and I thought this would work for me. It really does. There is no music in it, but you hear all kinds of nature sounds, which is such a nice thing to hear after all the noise we're bombarded with every day.
As far as the workout goes, this is definitely not a fast paced workout if that's what you are looking for. But, you go along at a nice steady pace. I'm using mine on my indoor trampoline and I do pretty much a slow jog through the whole DVD, which seems to keep right up with the pace of the video. I found it really motivating to actually feel like I'm going somewhere, and will go the whole distance and length of the DVD (approx. 45 minutes) which is much longer than I've ever gone while watching the news or something else I get bored with.
The Trek you go on in this DVD starts on a path - just like a walking path you'd see in your neighborhood - in the jungle and you walk for about 35 minutes until you get to a big gate that leads to the beach. While you are in the jungle, you walk around curves, up and down hills, through a little bit of rain, along cliffs, under trees, etc. The beach walk is shorter and is kind of a cool down from the walk. You just walk along the beach, going past some chairs and cabanas and through a couple rocky areas. The scenery always changes - just like a real walk. At the end of my workout, I feel good about having walked so long, but I also feel kind of relaxed because of the nature scenes and sounds. I highly recommend this.