Fun Into Fitness
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You already know
that a regular exercise routine will work wonders for your weight loss efforts.
But if you skip exercise sessions because youre bored or it feels like a
chore, remember: working out doesnt have to feel like work.
In fact, if you choose activities you
enjoy, getting fit can actually be (gulp) fun! How do you head from ho-hum to
get-up-and-go? It's easy: just do what you like! Instead of vegging out in
front of the tube, make a list of physical activities you enjoy... or think you
might enjoy. Then, go out there and give it a shot!
Some Fit-and-Fun Suggestions:
- Add Some Entertainment. Even an
activity that seems stale can be freshened up with some interesting
distractions. Try listening to music or books on tape while you walk. Watch
television, read a magazine or an engrossing book while plodding along on a
stationary bike or treadmill. Time will fly when your mind is elsewhere.
- Join A Walking Group. Exercising
with others can keep boredom at bay. Chances are if you look in your local
paper or ask around the neighborhood, there's a walking club near you, perhaps
even one that meets at your local mall. Shopping and talking while exercising
-- what could be more fun than that?
- Take A Lesson. If you're anxious
about trying a new activity, look into taking a few lessons and see if it's
something you enjoy. If you find out it's not for you, simply cross it off the
list and move on.
- Test Out A New Cardio Machine. If
you belong to a health club, consider trying something other than the
ever-so-popular treadmills and elliptical machines. Instead, hop onto one of
the lonelier pieces of equipment, such as a rowing or ski machine. You just may
find another activity you enjoy, plus you won't have to wait in line!
- Rent Some Fitness Videos. There
are so many fitness videos out there these days that there has to be at least
one or two that you would enjoy. Why not take a trip to your local video store
and see if there's an exercise tape (or DVD) that catches your eye? Just be
sure to select a video that matches your current fitness level.
- Play With Your Pooch. Rover would
love an extra run, so the next time you go for a walk, make it a long one --
and try picking up the speed! Remember, your dog needs exercise just as much as
you do, so you'll both benefit.