Sunday, November 06, 2011

Putting the fun into exercise

I've been trying to up my exercise regiment the past couple weeks, to help balance all of the holiday parties and weddings of late. But it's not easy. The last thing I feel like doing is getting up in the dark of night to go jogging before work. Or hitting the gym for an evening class at 7 pm, when I'd rather be home, sitting on the sofa. Let's be honest - for most of us, exercise is far from fun. However, I've found there are some ways to make exercise a little more, well, entertaining! For starters, I try to mix it up - take a hot yoga class one night, zumba the next and sprinkle in step aerobics, spin, sculpting and pilates the rest of the week. Also, it's good to have friends around to help motivate. Here are a few good tips to help ensure exercise is more fun and less of a chore.
  • Exercise with a friend. Find some extra motivation by working out with a friend. A lot of dieters have found success after adopting an “exercise buddy.” When working out alone, it can be easy to take a few days off every once in a while. When you work out with a partner, you’re more likely to stick to your workout schedule. Exercise buddies help keep each other motivated.
  • Join a fitness club or class.  By joining a fitness club, you can access a plethora of fitness classes ranging from yoga and hip-hop dancing to kickboxing.  You can also work with a professional trainer. This will help you learn more about proper exercise techniques, letting you make the most of your workout time.
  • Try something new. You don’t have to stick to running or lifting weights. There are a variety of exciting and innovative ways to exercise. Whether you take a class or just put on your favorite CD and dance around your house, you can burn a lot of calories and tone your muscles. If you’re a couple looking to lose weight together, ballroom dancing is a great option to consider. You can also incorporate your children into your workout routine—games like tag and tug-of-war can be great forms of exercise for the whole family.
For more suggestions on how to make exercise fun, you can get some great resources by visiting Calories Count or The Calorie Control Council, (such as, a calorie calculator or a BMI calculator) to help you find the tools you need to succeed.

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