Exercise Fun

Hello!  I often hear people say the phrase “I don’t like to exercise because it’s boring.”  Well, today I’m going to show you ways to take the boring out of exercise with some fun activities you can do to break up the monotony.  Anything that gets your heart rate elevated for at least about 10 minutes or more can be considered exercise.  That statement alone should start giving you some ideas on how you can make it fun.

Most of the activities I’m about to show you will require at least 2 people or more.  If you’re in a relationship you can ask your significant other to join you in some of these so you can both enjoy them.  You can also have a friend or friends join you for some of the festivities.  Or if you have kids that are old enough they can help you out as well.  So let’s go ahead and get started with the list!

1.  Swimming – It’s getting that time of year where the weather is getting warmer.  If you live somewhere close to a beach, have a pool in your back yard, or can go to a public swimming pool, swimming is tremendous exercise.  You can also play games in the water such as Marco Polo to make it more interesting.  It’s great for your cardiorespiratory system and core muscles.

2.  Build a Snowman – To the opposite of swimming, when winter time rolls around and snow’s on the ground go outside and build a snowman.   If you have kids this is a great way to get them involved with a little exercise and have fun while doing it.

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3.  Foot Race – Have a good old fashioned foot race like you did as a kid with a friend or family member.  You can have fun with this by placing a little wager on the result. Maybe the loser has to do dishes or if it’s a friend buy lunch or something similar.

You can be creative and come up with your own ideas for who wins and loses.  I would suggest making it depend on who wins 3 out of 5, 4 out of 7, etc, so that you race more than just once.

4.  Bowling – Go to your local bowling alley and bowl 2 or 3 games.  This is another activity where you can bring your kids and the whole family can have fun.  You can also do it with friends as well and have a good time.   It’s awesome for strengthening your upper body and core at the same time.

5.  Roller Skating – Make a trip to your nearest roller skating rink.  Again, if you have kids it’s a great way to have quality family time where everyone has fun.  It’s a good way to work on your balance and strengthen your hamstrings and calves.

6.  Dancing – Put on one of your favorite cds in the house and go ahead and dance.  Grab a friend or family member to dance with and have a ball. Or if you’re by yourself you can still do it and won’t have to worry about anyone critiquing your dance style.  If you have kids encourage them to join in and have a little dance party.  Dancing for 15 minutes or more definitely benefits your cardiorespiratory system.

7.  Badminton/Volleyball – You can get an inexpensive badminton & volleyball set from most department stores that sell sporting goods.  Go ahead and set it up in your yard and invite friends and family over for some fun.  You can play either badminton, volleyball, or both and still get a good workout in.  If you have a grill you can have someone barbecue while you’re playing and turn it into a party.  Both games are good for your hand to eye coordination and core.

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8.  Bicycling – Go for a bike ride around your neighborhood.  This is also something you can do with family members or friends.  It’s outstanding for building lower body strength and also your heart and lungs.

9.  Touch Football – Call up some of your friends and have a friendly game of touch football.  You can joke around with each other and pretend you’re NFL players on some of the plays.  Or for some of you, you might want to pretend that on all the plays lol.

10.  Basketball – Get some of your buddies together and go to the nearest court.  For some it may be the local park, but if you have a basketball goal in your driveway it’s even better.  You can play one on one, three on three, depending on how many people you have.  Even if you’re by yourself shooting baskets for 30 minutes or more is good exercise.  Basketball can do wonders for your agility, quickness, and cardio system.

11.  Dodgeball – Have a friendly game of dodgeball with some of your friends.  You can get a soft, smaller size ball and have a lot of fun.  I would suggest a softer type ball to avoid injuries and prevent damage to the wall you’re using.  It’s great for improving your quickness.

12.  Mini Trampoline – You can buy a mini trampoline that doesn’t cost too much and set it up in your yard. Kids love them so you can have a ton of fun with family and friends.  It helps work on your lower body strength, especially calves, and also balance.

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13.  Rock Climbing – I’m not talking about the type of rock climbing you do on an actual mountain.  Although, if you want to be gung ho, go ahead and go for it.  I’m referring to the artificial rock climbing walls they have in malls and amusement parks.  These are fantastic for your upper body, lower body, and core muscles.

14.  Frisbee – The frisbee has been around a very long time but is still loads of fun.  Throwing the frisbee around in your yard, at a park, at a beach, or anywhere is easy and excellent exercise.  It’s really good for your forearm and shoulder muscles.

15.  Playing Catch – This activity has been around since baseball was invented in the 1800’s.  It’s very simple and only requires 2 people to do. All you need is a baseball glove and baseball and you take turns throwing the ball to each other.  You can make it a little challenging by throwing it high in the air like a pop up.

You can also throw it a few feet to the person’s side so they’ll have to move a little to catch it.  It’s another thing that many kids love and adults can have fun with it too.  It’s great for hand to eye coordination and building shoulder strength.

16.  Walking – Take a brisk walk around your neighborhood swinging your arms a little.  It’s a nice way to get some fresh air in your lungs and exercise at the same time.  By walking around your neighborhood instead of driving, you may get a chance to talk to some neighbors you haven’t spoken to in a while.

17.  Playing Tag – This is mostly for the readers who have kids, as you might feel a little silly doing this with adults.  If you have kids go ahead and play a game of tag with them.  You may never catch them, but it’s a great way to have fun with them and exercise your heart and lungs.

Summary – These are just some ways you can get your body moving, heart rate elevated, and have fun at the same time.  There’s nothing wrong with lifting weights, running, and traditional exercise, but you need to have variety to spice things up in your fitness regimen.  Try and think outside the box with ways you can be active for your health.

Also, you don’t have to athletic to do these actions I listed.  Anyone can do them and it’s ok to laugh at yourself and laugh with others while doing them.  After all, laughter is great medicine and the purpose is to lighten the mood so everyone has fun.

What physical activities do you like to do in place of standard exercises? I’d love to hear your ideas and I’m sure other readers would as well.  If you have any questions or comments please let me know as I look forward to hearing from you.  Thanks for reading and until next time, have a fabulous day!

Jon

photo credit: Fran on trampoline. Fran en cama elástica. via photopin (license)


 

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