Exercise Can Be Fun

Take The Boredom Out Of Exercise

Many people think that in order to lose weight they must go on a diet. This usually means starving themselves or eating foods that are unhealthy and do more harm than good in the long run. Your safesty way to lose weight is to eat sensibly and burn off the calories through exercise. But for many, exercise is a bad word. It is too difficult, too time-consuming, it's too boring ... The excuses go on and on, because, let's face it, exercise can be all that and more. However, if you could learn about a few fun things that will increase your energy, help you lose weight, feel and look better, you will be more likely to do them.

Here are some activities that are so much fun, you won't even think of them as exercise:

1. Walking your dog. If you have a dog, this can be an excellent way to give yourself a good workout and spend time with your pet. As you get more fit, you can change to running. You and your pet will benefit.

2. Swimming. This activity burns fat, tones muscle and builds endurance and is a great cardiovascular workout. When done with friends or with your dog, it becomes even more fun.

3. Hiking. Are you a nature lover? What better way than to discover new sceneries than on a hiking trip. It’s good exercise and offers a lot of possibilities for other activities along the way. You can take photos, hunt, fish and cook your catches.

4. Biking. You can do this with the family or friends for more fun. Explore new areas and enjoy the outdoors.

5. Go sightseeing. The next time you go on vacation, forget the tour bus. Take a map and your walking shoes and discover historic museums and other attractions. Most sightseeing tours offer great opportunities for walking and stair-climbing. You'll return home slimmer and fitter than when you left.

5. Dancing. Ever notice the flat stomachs and shapely hips of professional dancers? You do not have to be one to benefit from this activity. It is a great form of exercise that does not call for any special equipment. Do it at home alone, with a partner or on a night out on the town. You may derive other benefits besides just burning calories.

6. Gardening. This is a beautiful activity that does not feel like exercise. Pushing a lawn mower, pulling weeds, digging, planting can give you many happy hours in fresh air and help you burn some calories. You get a double reward if you grow your own vegetables.

7. Play a sport. Basketball, soccer, tennis, racquetball are all good forms of exercise that provide fun and fitness at the same time.

8. Play with your kids. Kids' games such as hopscotch, jumping rope, rollerblading and many other games put the fun into fitness and leave you feeling good for hours afterwards.

As you begin to exercise you may come up with other creative ways to exercise and have fun doing it. You can join a class, or buy a DVD and get those endorphins flowing. Whatever you do, have fun. As long as you don't think of it as exercise and don't try to push yourself too hard in the beginning, you will reap the benefits and will be more likely to stick with it. As with any exercise, please consult your physician first.

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GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Exercise is fun! Hard to get started but once you do find something you enjoy - great Hub with lots of great ideas.

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quildon 6 years ago from Florida Author

GmaGoldie, if only people would come to appreciate how much fun exercise can be. Thanks for your comment.

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mixfitness 6 years ago from Round Hill, VA

You're right, quildon. Just being active burns way more calories than sitting. Simply moving more often goes a long way towards losing weight.

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quildon 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you, mixfitness. If only more people would realize this.

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Great tips! I'm limited to what I can do because of nerve damage, but I do enjoy swimming and exercising in my pool!

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quildon 6 years ago from Florida Author

I'm sorry to hear that, habee, but water exercises are a great way to workout without putting stress on your limbs or joints.

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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

You are right there are things that we do everyday that we can consider exercise. It does not have to be drudgery.

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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Some good advice quidon, and much more apt to stick with what we enjoy, indeed. ^

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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

Hi guildon, I love exercising. Been doing it for many years. No, you don't need to change your diet to lose but as people get older they become less active. They don't run and jump as when they were younger but anyway, I like your advisable hub.

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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

I so need to exercise but due to my weight i am afraid that i lose more weight and become a walking skeleton. I need to start really soon doing some exercises because i get a lot of back ache, my muscles ache, my feet hurt like if i have arthritis so it's all a mess.

Recently i went to get an exercise bike but they had no more in stock i will retry as it will be beneficial for me.

Thanks for sharing.

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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Nice exercise ideas i so need to exercise but i am small inside and afraid if i sweat I'd lose weight lol. I really need to start then i won't have all these aches and pains.

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daisyjae 2 years ago from Canada

I like number 8 the best! Playing kids games is a great way to burn calories and you don't even feel like you are exercising!

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quildon 2 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks, daisyjae! Playing kids' games is a great way to burn calories, but we don't do much of that nowadays.

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grand old lady 19 months ago from Philippines

This is a nice, long list of options you have. I'm thinking biking might suit me best. Must get a bike. Thank you for this helpful article:)

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quildon 19 months ago from Florida Author

Thanks, Mona! One of my co-workers rides his bike to and from work everyday. A great way to get your daily dose of exercise.

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AudreyHowitt 18 months ago from California

Yup! Yup! and Yup! I love dance as a form of exercise!

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DzyMsLizzy 18 months ago from Oakley, CA

That's always been my motto. I don't do "exercises;" I play, and oh, by the way, it's exercise. ;)

Well said with great examples.

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quildon 18 months ago from Florida Author

@AudreyHowitt Dance is a great form of exercise. Thanks for stopping by.

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quildon 18 months ago from Florida Author

DzyMsLizzy, O f course. As long as you enjoy what you do so it doesn't become tedious and boring. Thanks for stopping by.

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