ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Have Fun Getting Fit

Updated on February 7, 2015

Marcy Upright Mag Cycle

Source

Make Fitness Fun

Fitness and fun can go hand in hand with the right frame of mind. We tend to think of exercise as boring. Obesity is a growing concern, especially in the United States and the European countries. It is so easy to get into a rut. Become couch potatoes, play videos games or spend the majority of our waking life on the computer.

I know because I am an internet addict. But with the right set of goals and attitude we can change the way we feel and think.

Start off with positive thinking of getting fit. This is what I have started to do since I first wrote. My Quest to Become a Loser (Weight Loss)

Take a walk to clear your mind. A walk to a beautiful lake is a good start.

Marcy Exercise Equipment - Available Here on Amazon

Kitsap Lake - Bremerton, WA

Kitsap Lake - Bremerton, WA
Kitsap Lake - Bremerton, WA

Young and Fit

As a teenager exercise was part of my everyday life. At the time I lived in Bremerton, Washington. There you would find many windy roads and hills.

When I wasn't in school, you could find me riding my old 3 speed (gears not working, breaks locking up, chain falling off) bike. I lived near Kitsap Lake. The road around the lake was a little more than 4.5 miles around. Most of the time I would ride around it twice.

One part of the road had a very steep hill. Half of the time my bike wouldn't make it all the way up. So I would have to get off and walk the bike to the top of the hill. Once at the top, I would jump on my bike and zoom down the hill. Sometimes losing control and hoping not to run into anything or falling off. What can I say...I was a klutz!

Often I would walk home from school versus take the bus. This was nearly a 5 mile walk, up and down the hills of Bremerton.

Rarely would I stay still. And every charitable walkathon (like the March of Dimes) you would find me there.

This activity level continued on into my twenties. It is easier to be thin when you are active, young and your body naturally burns calories faster. But even then, I worked hard to stay thin.

As we age it becomes increasingly harder to stay fit. Fitness and diet industry is a multimillion dollar business. Below fund fitness ideas are fitness products.

US Navy Exercising on Ship

Source

Fitness Fun Ideas

  1. Add a friend as a fitness partner.
  2. Join a fitness group.
  3. Become involved in a sport or an activity.
  4. Mix up your exercise routine.
  5. Dance to music.
  6. Buy Wii fitness and use it.
  7. Go biking.
  8. Take a long walk.
  9. Go camping and explore.
  10. Twirl a Hula-Hoop.
  11. Take up Martial Arts.
  12. Kick boxing.
  13. Play Marco Polo.
  14. Roller skating.
  15. Play tag.

Get Fit With Wii

Since I am an owner of a Wii system, I can honestly tell everyone how much fun this is. All the sports video games give a good workout. I don't have a Wii Fitness, but it is on my wish list.

Wii Fit Plus Routine

Have Fun with an Exercise Ball

Max Fitness 65cm Exercise Ball with Foot Pump (Pearl White)
Max Fitness 65cm Exercise Ball with Foot Pump (Pearl White)

An exercise ball works multiple muscles at one time while forcing your body to balance itself. This creates a very effective and challenging workout. For example, lying on a bench to perform tricep extensions is a good exercise but it’s limited to working primarily just the triceps. However, perform that same move on a stability ball and you have created an unstable environment. Additional muscles are activated that work to keep you balanced on the ball. That means you are now working harder and essentially getting more bang for your buck while not increasing your exercise time.

 

Exercises with Your Fitness Ball

SPRI Pumping Rubber on the Ball Video
SPRI Pumping Rubber on the Ball Video

The Pumping Rubber DVD is a perfect exercise combination of the Xertube and the Xercise Ball targeting the chest, shoulders, back and arms, while conditioning hips, thighs, buttocks and abdominals.

 

Fun Exercise Videos on Amazon - Something for beginners to children

Though I wouldn't want many people see me do this, belly dancing would be fun to learn and is a great way to get fit. Below is a little bit of everything for a good cardio workout to strength training and for children to adults.

The Biggest Loser Workout: Cardio Max

Billy Blanks - Tae Bo Kicks

Billy Blanks Tae Bo

Fabulous Forever Easy Strength Slow down your aging clock

Take Up Belly Dancing Jalila - Belly Dance Queen 2009

6 Fit Kids' Fitness Workouts for Children

Can I Ride That Bike?

Can I Ride That Bike?
Can I Ride That Bike?

Get Fit with This Exercise Bike

This is more deluxe than the old stationary bike that I have, which weighs as much as a small car. It is a great exercise tool to have during those cold winter months or if you would like to watch TV.

Schwinn Active 10 Series Upright Exercise Bike

Schwinn Active 10 Series Upright Exercise Bike
Schwinn Active 10 Series Upright Exercise Bike

Get an excellent cardio workout at home without breaking the bank with the Schwinn Active 10 upright exercise bike. It features 11 preset programs, computer-controlled eddy current resistance, and a belt drive system that ensures quiet operation and a smooth ride. The grip heart rate sensors also enable you to monitor your fitness level. The handlebars are adjustable to suit your riding position, and it includes integrated leveling feet to keep everything balanced and help protect your floor. Other features include a 9-position padded saddle and transport wheels for easy storage after your workout.

 

30 Day Diet

30 Day Diet
30 Day Diet

Chocolate Diet on Zazzle

Yummy Gifts

Get fit with Chocolate? Dark chocolate is good for you. Eat a small piece a day to feel good.

When it comes to brownies,eat two to cancel each other out. Some fun chocolate on custom gifts below. Find these the Brownie Diet and Truffles items in

Chocoholics Unite! Gifts Category on Zazzle Here

For the real edible food treat

Chocolates & Treats – View Here

Fun Chocolate on Gifts

Source

Fit or Fat

Do you need to get fit?

Fun Walking on Air

I own a more deluxe type air walker. Since I am not a huge exercise fanatic, this is one exercise equipment that is enjoyable.

Gazelle Edge

Gazelle Edge
Gazelle Edge

Stay in shape at home without taking up all your space. The Gazelle Edge gives you a great workout and then folds up compactly to store in a small area. Using an elliptical you get a full-body toning, while getting a full cardio workout.

 

Exercise Cycle - Great workout with your hands or feet

My niece has one of these and she loves it. She talks about sitting in her chair and watching he favorite TV program while working out. I wonder how this would work out for me, while typing on my keyboard.

Stamina 15-0120 InStride Cycle XL

Stamina 15-0120 InStride Cycle XL
Stamina 15-0120 InStride Cycle XL

Cycling improves your cardiovascular health, boosts the functioning of the heart and blood vessels, and decreases your risk of heart disease. Now you can enjoy all the benefits of cycling without spending a ton of money with the affordable InStride XL cycle from Stamina Products. Unlike most exercise bikes, the InStride XL cycle doesn't come with a seat. Instead, you sit in a standard dining room chair or lie on the floor, then insert your feet into the sturdy rubber straps. Once you're in, you can pedal in forward or reverse motion, with an adjustable tension knob that lets you vary your intensity and an electronic monitor that times your workouts. As an alternative, you can even rest the InStride XL on a table and pedal with your hands to experience a full-range upper body workout.

 

© 2009 Sandy Mertens

What are Your Fitness Tips - Sign the guestbook to let me know you were here!

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • SandyMertens profile image
      Author

      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      CherylsArt It has been a while since I danced. Good idea.

    • CherylsArt profile image

      Cheryl Paton 2 years ago from West Virginia

      Dancing is my favorite type of exercise, so I shall dance more often.

    • Thrinsdream profile image

      Thrinsdream 5 years ago

      I love fitness and love motivational articles, this is wonderful, loved the belly dancing poodles! With thanks and appreciation. Cathi x

    • profile image

      herculeafitness1 6 years ago

      What a wonderful childhood you had. I llive in the PNW as well but did not grow up here. I enjoyed your lens. Some fun information. I just discovered those "under the desk" exercise bikes. What a brilliant idea.

    • profile image

      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      I'm working on this fitness thing right now...doing my trek across America. Need to do better on the eating part though.

    • akumar46 lm profile image

      akumar46 lm 6 years ago

      Nice healthy lens.....great tips,thanks.

    • ChrisDay LM profile image

      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      I've got the belly - I s'pose I should take up belly dancing?

    • profile image

      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fun with exercises will surely result into something good. This lens is indeed worth reading.

      Henry Perkins

      O'Fallon, MO

      www.thedoctorsdietsolution.com

    • profile image

      anonymous 6 years ago

      Really cute lens! I loved it!

    • RhondaAlbom profile image

      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Came back for another visit now that I have my wings. The line above "As we age it becomes increasingly harder to stay fit." really speaks to me :) Blessed by a Squidoo angel and added to Angel Blessings From Pukeko October 2010

    • CastleRoyLisa profile image

      Lisa 6 years ago from Rhode Island

      wonderful lens I really enjoyed it and the tips we use swimming walking and the WII is so much fun.

    • profile image

      SandraRoseDesigns 6 years ago

      A lot of fun and good stuff here, Sandy!

    • RhondaAlbom profile image

      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Great lens Sandy. Good information in a really fun and readable format. Love the 30-day diet.

    • profile image

      termit_bronx 6 years ago

      Great lens and great tips! Almost everyday I go for a long walk with my girlfriend.

    • profile image

      Fit_Over_40_Buzz 7 years ago

      Nice idea for a lens. Very informative. Gave you a quick thumbs up.

    • profile image

      boutiqueshops 7 years ago

      I need to get restarted on my health plan. Yoga and walking are my favorite ways to get some exercise. Great page!

    • AlisonMeacham profile image

      AlisonMeacham 7 years ago

      You are right that you have to make fitness fun. Once you start though you realize how great it makes you feel!

    • seashell2 profile image

      seashell2 8 years ago

      Great lens, I work out at the gym 3 -4 days a week. My husband and I often go for a 20 -30 min. walk most evenings! Love being fit and healthy!

    • Eklectik1 profile image

      Eklectik1 8 years ago

      My wife likes turbo jam. Great information in this lens--thank you!

    • mbgphoto profile image

      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I think I'll put Wii FIT on my wish list too! I have the regular Wii sports and it is always fun. Thanks for an informative lens. 5*

    • CherylsArt profile image

      Cheryl Paton 8 years ago from West Virginia

      I took a belly dancing class and it was fun!

    • profile image

      Joan4 8 years ago

      The most fun exercise for me is dancing - but most days I forget to do that! I am trying to walk every day - the hours in front of computer are taking their toll, for sure!

    • profile image

      tdove 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

    • capriliz lm profile image

      capriliz lm 8 years ago

      Great images! You have me convinced that it can be fun to exercise!

      Carmen(another RocketMom)

    • TreasuresBrenda profile image

      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Great assembly of fitness ideas; blessed by Brenda.

    • Terry Boroff profile image

      Terry Boroff (flipflopnana) 8 years ago from FL

      Fun photos - good job!

    • justholidays profile image

      justholidays 8 years ago

      Exercising is funnier when we're several people to do it. Unfortunately, while being 43, lots of my friends still have small children; which prevents us from having the opportunity to go out - Belgium doesn't have a lot of activities for kids after school, so, we're unable to gather together and have fun - whether exercising or having a drink outside :-(

      Anyway, your lens is a great one and deserves 5 stars :)

    • squid-janices7 profile image

      squid-janices7 8 years ago

      Creative lens on a great topic! I got a Wii fit for xmas and it is quite fun (although I haven't used it lately). I also like Windsor Pilates because I can lie on the floor to do the exercises and get a GREAT workout.

    • profile image

      anonymous 8 years ago

      You have done a wonderful job with this Sandy...fun lens. Love those pictures.

      I love to do anything outdoors for exercise..its just getting away from this computer

      that I need to work on...and get moving! :)

      No, we are not alone! ;)

      Susie

    • profile image

      bdkz 8 years ago

      Great fitness lens!

    • profile image

      davidhallstrom 8 years ago

      Another excellent 5 star lens. Thank you.

    • verymary profile image

      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      I need to be outside to exercise, I find. Otherwise I never want to do it. Nice lens! 5*****

    • profile image

      roysumit 8 years ago

      Great lens with a great title and great content indeed.

    • Andy-Po profile image

      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      Great lens. Good advice.

    • RuthCoffee profile image

      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      I think this is why so many people are overweight. If getting exercise is a chore, we can't stick to it. If it's fun, there's no way we'll pass it up. I depend on hiking, bicycling, walking, playing tennis etc. to stay active. I'm sure a Wii would be great fun too!

    • SandyMertens profile image
      Author

      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      [in reply to annetteghallowell] [in reply to annetteghallowell] Get get the background, sign up in Photobucket.com and upload a photo or find one that is there. Once you have your photo, you can crop it, lighten it, or whatever you need to do. I lighten the photos that I use as background. It is explained on how to insert it in your module on HTML, CSS Backgrounds on Squidoo Stop by and leave a comment.

    • Holley Web profile image

      Holley Web 8 years ago

      There's a lot of really good information here! Faved and 5*s!

    • seashell2 profile image

      seashell2 8 years ago

      Great work! Love staying fit and healthy!

    • annetteghallowe1 profile image

      annetteghallowe1 8 years ago

      I have a gravity inversion table that alas is at my sister's house a few states away. I would like a Wii but have only a fit ball and a kettle ball as well.

      PS I love the module with the faded photo in the background. I would love to know how to do that!

    • profile image

      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great job!