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Fun Exercise- Is it Possible to Have Fun While Exercising?

Updated on October 24, 2011

Do you associate the “F word” with exercise? By F Word I mean F-U-N, of course. For me, getting up at 5:30 am and dragging myself out to the treadmill for an hour, three days a week is not my idea of F-U-N. However, I continue to do it as the health benefits outweigh the punishment.

I know somewhere out there; someone is exercising and having fun doing it. I wanted to know just what some of my online acquaintances considered fun forms of exercise and so I asked them, “What form of F-U-N exercise gives you the most benefit?”

The first response I received recommended that I “tilt the treadmill more.” -Not my idea of adding fun to exercise, but okay, noted. Here are the other suggestions that I received for types of fun exercise:

Tae Bo–Tae Bo is a program that combines the best of a variety of different exercise disciplines to provide an overall workout. Tae Bo is the combination of martial arts, boxing, and dance. Tae Bo is recommended as a challenging and fun exercise/workout and Billy Blank is a great motivator. It is suggested that the more you do it, the more you will love it!

For more information on Tae Bo, refer to these links:

 

Pole Dancing –Pole Dancing comes recommended as an “absolute blast” and a terrific way to get fit. Pole dancing is a combination of dancing and gymnastics. For this type of exercise, you dance sensually with the same type of vertical poles that are used in strip clubs. Pole dancers perform climbs, spins, and body inversions. If classes are not available locally, there are plenty of online videos and DVDs for instruction. You may find yourself buying your own pole for your home. My friend professed that she became pregnant after one week of owning her pole. Now that’s fun exercise!

For more information on Pole Dancing, refer to these links:

 

Zumba-Zumba is an aerobic fitness program that combines body sculpting movements with dance steps derived from Cumbia, Merengue, Salsa, Reggaeton, Hip Hop, Mambo, Rumba and so on. The routines feature aerobic interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms. Zumba targets areas like the glutes, legs, arms, abdominals, and the heart. The workout is described as “fun and uplifting” and “the hour will fly by.”

For more information on Zumba refer to these links:

 

Playing Tag- Get outside and play tag with the kids. No kidding! Getting outside with the kids and playing a game, going for a bike ride, or playing soccer are great recommendations for fun exercises that came from other moms. With only two kids, playing tag may mean a lot of running for me, but kids will love it. Actually this type of “interval” exercise, running at maximum output and them stopping is effective at burning fat. My kids may wonder what happened to their “real” mom, as I suggest we try all 18 different games of tag that I found online.

Yoga-Yoga is a healing practice that is a combination of breathing exercises, physical postures, and meditation. Two people suggested yoga as their type of fun exercise that they love because it lengthens and strengthens. I have tried Yoga and while certainly a beneficial type of exercise, I don’t equate it with fun. Since two friends recommended it, Yoga made the list.

For more information Yoga, refer to these links:

 

Walking-Walking at a moderate pace for 30-60 minutes burns stored fat and can build muscle to speed up your metabolism. Walking an hour a day is also associated with cutting your risk of diseases like heart disease, breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes and stroke. To quote my friend, “walking is just the best.” I agree and I’ve added three days of walking to my three days of using the treadmill. Walking is an especially fun exercise for me because I walk with my sister. We talk, gossip, laugh and have never been closer. We forget all about the “exercise” part – now that’s F-U-N!

For more information on Fitness Walking refer to these links:

 

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    • lbfitness profile image

      lbfitness 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      It's definitely possible to have fun whilst exercising. I teach exercises to groups and find that getting the participants to work in pairs helps to distract them from the discomfort of physical effort and creates a fun environment!

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      Maryann D. 

      6 years ago

      Believe it or not I find this kind of fun. On my lunch hour at work I walk around my building and go up and down all the flights of stairs that I pass. The time goes really quick and it is a great workout. I try to do at least 10 reps in the time that I have. I really don't like to sit for an hour eating lunch anyway, so I like to make good use of my time.

    • Kristi Maloney profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristi Maloney 

      7 years ago

      Hey PrecJules! I have not heard of Chalene (or Charlene?) Johnson, and will check her out. Sounds fun. I am still always jumping on the treadmill for five miles three days a week and I've since added weights. For me to be doing that consistently now for months and months is a miracle!

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      tbanks316 

      8 years ago from Who knows?

      These tips were so good that I had to link to them.

    • Kristi Maloney profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristi Maloney 

      8 years ago

      Hey Lanny,

      Thanks for your comment. I had a high school friend who was on the chubby side, and he later went on to not only do jazzercise, but he starred in a few videos. He transformed his body, no doubt about it!

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      Lanny Udell 

      8 years ago

      I recommend Jazzercise...it's a total body workout starting with a warm-up, 20 minutes of dance exercise to great music (hip hop, latin, rock beats), weights, ab work and a delicious and relaxing stretch at the end. One of the best values around. And by going to class, you're more motivated than having to do it on your own at home.

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      Kristi Maloney 

      8 years ago

      SCP,

      Yeah, I need to get my ipod out....I never really use it, but do enjoy listening to music while on the treadmill!

      Kimberly,

      Thanks for stopping by! I love that treadmill!

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      Kimberly 

      8 years ago

      Oops, it didn't post, but seriously look at this rediculous treadmill(: http://yovia.com/blogs/gizmo/2009/10/30/exercizing...

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      Kimberly 

      8 years ago

      LOL, playing tag would be really fun(: Actually I am scared of being chased!! But pole dancing I think would be great because you would learn to be sexier at the same time, I think it would really be a confidence booster(:

      Or, if you are a bajillion air, you would probably have a lot of fun running on this

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      SCP 

      8 years ago from Raleigh, North Carolina

      There are a lot of different ways to work out now. The Pole dancing seems to be a new exercise that is really catching on. I have found that just listening to my ipod while working out really helps me not think about actually working out.

    • Kristi Maloney profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristi Maloney 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting bayarea!

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      bayareagreatthing 

      8 years ago from Bay Area California

      Wow some of these look pretty FUN! Great hub!

    • Kristi Maloney profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristi Maloney 

      8 years ago

      I would think that the social aspect of your paddling class would be a lot fun! Good luck and thanks for reading!

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      8 years ago

      My vote is for yoga! Although since I've recently moved from the USA to Dubai I am thinking of giving a "paddling" class a try. A bunch of women in a boat paddling in the gulf for an hour of fitness....hmm...I will let you know if that meets my definition of the "F word". :)

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      Kristi Maloney 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for your comment Duchess. Good luck and have F-U-N excercising (dancing!)

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      8 years ago

      Now dancing I can enjoy! Great idea Kristi. I just might try this one.

    • Kristi Maloney profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristi Maloney 

      8 years ago

      I like listening to music too while exercising..its no wonder that dance has become such a popular excercise. It's the music that keeps you going!

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      fdoleac 

      8 years ago from Hollis, New Hampshire

      Music with exercise works for me and varying the routine. It feels best when I have finished the workout.

    • Kristi Maloney profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristi Maloney 

      8 years ago

      Hey Brian! I played sports growing up too, softball, soccer, volleyball....all fun stuff that I never really considered exercise, but it is (was!)

      Thanks Patti Ann! Let me know which one is fun for you!

      Mike I think I am too old for pole dancing, I would probably rupture a disk or something....I know, I will start with the yoga to limber up for the pole dancing!

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      MikeNV 

      8 years ago from Henderson, NV

      I do a lot of pole dancing :) If you find activities you like you'll do them, if not then you won't. Many people are not self motivators so for them the only way they get out and exercise is to find others who are.

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      Patti Ann 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Excellent ideas - I'm going to have to try a few of them. Thanks!

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      Brian Stephens 

      8 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      I just used to love playing competitive sport, didn't seem to matter what it was, squash, rugby, football, just enjoyed it. Being a team effort gave you the incentive to get out there as well because you couldn't let people down and they all kept me really fit, injuries aside.

      Bottom line is exercise is good for you, good hub.

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