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Fun Ways To Exercise

Updated on September 8, 2013

Reclaim your inner youth with these fun and effective ways to exercise:

1. Hula Hooping

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.

Hula Hoop

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.

6. Ballroom dancing

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.

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    • Debby Bruck profile image

      Debby Bruck 8 years ago

      All super fun ways to exercise. Love the hoola hoop - but I use it like a jump rope, and also do bellydancing. MUSIC makes you move! Let's get up off our tushes. Sitting at computer way too long is not healthy.

    • gwendymom profile image

      gwendymom 8 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great ideas for making exercise fun!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      Thanks gwendymom. My favorite ones to try among these have been the belly dancing and ballroom dancing. I've also got the hip hop abs dvds. They're great.-Journey*

    • crusador profile image

      crusador 8 years ago

      If exercises can be practiced with fun, I am sure  more and more people can have inclination to these. Hope this hub will help people to become healthy.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      Crusador, thanks for your comment. It's true that people will exercise more consistently with an activity they actually enjoy doing, something that is a lot of fun.

      And Debby, you had been my first comment. Thanks, and yes those of us who love to write have to remember to exercise too!

      -Journey*

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