Like "Books and DVD's are good, but nothing is better than someone to teach you and train you the propper way to do these things. Once you have the basics, adding thru books is helpful, but hands on is always best. A trainer or spotter can help you keep your posture and prevent you from hurting yourself. Sometimes you end up with no choice (I am searching for a Tai Chi class but not having any luck) For strengthening and weight lifting type of exercise, I have found best success with Tony Little. He is not as freaky as Richard Simmons, but does a great workout that will tone you up well....gee, now I am thinking I need to see if I can find my tape. LOL"