Fit Mum: The Best Pregnancy Exercise DVDs

Every mother-to-be cares deeply about staying in good health while pregnant. Pregnancy exercise isn’t just crucial for the health of your baby, but for your own wellbeing and vitality as well. If you don’t want to join a gym or sign up for any expensive classes, there are plenty of pregnancy workouts that you can do in the comfort of your own home. Here are our favourite pregnancy DVDs.

Prenatal Yoga with Desi Barlett ($16.36, The Nile)

This DVD contains both floor and standing poses that are designed to help women stay healthy and flexible throughout each of their three trimesters. The gentle yoga exercises are meant to help you stay stress-free, flexible and have an easier delivery.

Preggie Bellies ($44.95, BumpStuff)

Billed as Australia’s most successful pregnancy exercise DVD, Preggie Bellies mixes pilates and yoga techniques to give women the perfect workout through the entirety of their pregnancy. This DVD is designed to alleviate common pains associated with pregnancy, like lower back pain.

Davina McCall: My Pre and Post Natal Workouts ($31.64, The Nile)

The Big Brother star is joined by her personal trainer, Jackie Wren, to lead her viewers through her favourite pre and postnatal workouts. The exercises are fantastic for the woman that wants to invest in a program that will not only keep her healthy during her pregnancy, but give her a way to drop the kilos after she gives birth.

Jane Simmons Pregnancy Exercise DVD ($29.95, BumpStuff)

This DVD is led by one of Australia’s leading physiotherapists. Jane Simmons specialises in prenatal workout techniques, and in this fantastic DVD, she borrows from yoga, pilates and physical therapy to provide women with an easy but effective workout that will ease pregnancy aches and pains.

Have you tried any of these DVDs? Tell us your story in the comments!

August 12, 2013

10 Best Horror Movies

Whether it’s a psychological thriller or a blood-splashed slasher-fest, we love a good horror movie. We’ve chosen our favourite horror movies for a frightfully fun night in.

Wolf Creek
Australians have nailed the horror genre, with most based on true events including Picnic at Hanging Rock and Snowtown. Wolf Creek is a true classic, contrasting stunning landscapes with gruesome horror – John Jarratt is brilliant as the backpacker killer with a hauntingly evil laugh.

The Exorcist
As if the book wasn’t scary enough, the vision of Linda Blair levitating over her bed, spewing pea soup and turning her head 360 degrees remains a classic horror moment. This 1973 film followed a tormented priest forced to face his own demons as he tried to exorcise the devil from a 12-year-old girl.

A Nightmare on Elm Street
Teen-scream films couldn’t get any respect until Wes Craven introduced us to the dream man of our worst nightmares—Freddy Krueger. One of the most memorable images from this 1984 thriller was seeing a young Johnny Depp sucked through his bed straight to hell.

Which is more horrifying — the shower scene or being introduced to Mama Bates? Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 psychological thriller changed the genre forever and spawned dozens of imitators. Even when you know what’s going to happen, the acting is top notch and confirms Hitchcock is the master of suspense.

The Silence of the Lambs
This 1991 thriller stills has us on the edge of our seats – just try and watch those Buffalo Bill scenes alone in a dark room. Incarcerated serial killer Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins) makes the FBI agent played by Jodie Foster his subject and we can’t stop watching.

Rosemary’s Baby
There are no witches — or are there? This stylish 1967 film directed by Roman Polanski kept audiences guessing right to the end about which characters were the good guys and which had gone to the devil. The ensemble cast delivers solid acting and the plot will keep you interested to the devilish end. Plus Mia Farrow’s pixie cut was the original crop.

The Shining
Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film about an unhinged man who terrorises his snowbound family still makes for a scary fun-fest. Jack Nicholson’s unhinged performance is one of his best.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Yes, there’s a more recent version, but the scene in the 1956 original where Dana Wynter falls asleep for a few seconds and awakens as one of the pod people sticks in your brain, especially if you’ve ever worked in an office where you felt like the last body left un-snatched.

Friday the 13th
The teen scream slasher flick that launched way too many sequels was pretty darn scary back in 1980 and can still send a chill up your spine—especially when you drive past a lonely lake.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
If being chased all over Texas by a lunatic in a mask made of human skin wielding a chainsaw can’t scare you, what can? This 1974 cheapie launched dozens of imitators—and millions of nightmares.

What’s your favourite horror movie?

August 11, 2013