Fun Ways To Exercise
Reclaim your inner youth with these fun and effective ways to exercise:
This activity that we remember from our youth is actually a great exercise to continue doing, to exercise our core muscles.
The video below is from Expert Village and teaches you the basics of hula hooping, a fun and inexpensive exercise activity.
2. Using a Trampoline
Superstar musician Madonna has actually credited this exercise to helping her keep her figure.
She also has a regimen with a personal trainer as mentioned in a recent issue of Harper's Bazaar..
The best type of trampoline to use would be a sturdy but collapsable one for easy storage. A trampoline can theoretically be stored under the bed or behind the couch.
3. Jumping Rope
You can also exercise while learning something new and improving skills for a new talent:
4. Belly Dancing
Belly dancing is a cultural art form featured in the Middle East for example, but it has gained much popularity in the United States as a fun activity to learn how to do. The basic beginner's instruction is to stand with legs one and a half feet apart and knees bent. Keep on foot firmly planted on the floor while you are tiptoeing with the other foot and then basically 'shimmy'. Long skirts or flowing pants are typically worn both as costume and also to minimize the visibility of the leg movements and for only the belly to be seen.
If you do the dance correctly, you will indeed have minimum leg movement, with the majority of the work being done by your core muscles.
You can achieve a well toned stomach from belly dancing.
The video below shows a belly dancing expert at work. Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt are some of the many countries where belly dancing is a popular art form.
Additionally, Columbian musician, Shakira's music is well loved and she incorporates belly dancing in her performances.
5. Hip Hop Dancing
If you are interested in learning more about hip hop dancing and incorporating it into your exercise routiine, "Hip Hop Abs" with Shaun T gives a great workout.
You can take a liking to a particular type of ballroom dance or you can try them all- salsa, meringue, foxtrot, waltz, tango, swing, rhumba and more. While lessons can be a bit expensive, there are some terrific how to videos avaiable, including "Drew's Famous Step by Step Wedding Dances".
Indeed these formal dances are often learned not just as a hobby and for good exercise, but also to prepare for formal occasions like weddings.