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How To Exercise Regularly And Love Every Second Of It!

Dec 17, 2007
If you think making exercise fun is impossible, we respectfully disagree! Infact, we believe that exercise must be enjoyable to be a regular part of your life. But before we tell you how you can make this happen for yourself, let's start with 3 reasons why exercise is often anything but fun:

1. Exercise Becomes A Shuttle Launch:
We've all read the long, complicated instructions for how to do exercise and even more complicated reasons why these instructions are necessary.

Ignore them all.

The more complicated you make it; the less likely you are to do it. Losing weight is about burning more calories than you consume. It's not rocket science and it should never be rocket science in your weight management journey.

2. Although I Haven't Exercised For The Last 5 Years, I Will Run A Marathon By Some Time This Evening:
One of the most common mistakes in exercise is to take on too much too quickly. There is no exercise in the world that can make you fit in one session (and just about any will get you fit with consistency). If you're not used to exercising regularly, don't just get up and try to jog for the next four hours.

3. Exercise Becomes A Chore:
When does exercise become a chore? Here are a few examples:
i) You have to drive 30 miles to get to the destination of your exercise activity.
ii) The treadmill that gives you guilt each time you look at it but you still don't want to use it
iii) The aerobics tape with the repetitive workout

So, When Is Exercise Enjoyable?
We'll give you 5 examples of fun exercises - each for a different personality type. See if you'll enjoy one of these:

1. Salsa Dancing:
Salsa is the Spanish word for "Sauce" denoting a spicy or hot flavor. The Salsa Dance, in true reflection of the word, is a lively, vigorous and fast paced dance. Great fun, great exercise.

2. Wii:
Wii is a Nintendo video game console. What makes it stand out is the
Wiimote. This is the primary Wii controller and it can detect motion and rotation in 3-D. This enables you to physically participate in the game. For example: in Wii Sports, which comes with the console, you mimic the motion used in actual sports to play the game. So if you're boxing you would actually be punching the air like you would an opponent or with the Tennis Game, you actually swing your arm to hit the ball with the racquet.

This makes Wii another great way to get exercise.

3. Geocaching:
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game in which participants use a GPS to hide & seek Geocaches (small "treasures" like a toy, book or a map) anywhere in the world. All the walking, hiking, climbing and even occasional swimming make this fun activity really good exercise as well.

4. Boxing:
Learning to throw a proper punch and taking it out on a punching bag is not only a great stress reliever, it's an intense workout as well. What's more, learning to box does not require you to actually fight anyone and starting off can be as simple as trying a class in a health club or purchasing a punching bag.

Would you like to learn to throw a proper punch? Does it sound boring?

5. Backyard Soccer:
Backyard Soccer is simple to play, a lot of fun and great exercise too. All you need is an open space, a soccer ball & some way to mark two goal areas and you're away. You can even get a few friends together and enter an amateur soccer league.

And That's How Exercise Becomes Fun!
These examples illustrate the sort of activities that make exercise fun. Whether it's dancing, video games, fighting arts or enjoying the great outdoors, all of these activities have great calorie burning potential and you will love doing them.

Next Step:
Brain Storm and figure out what physical activity you would love to do, you can use our examples for reference. It could be learning to tap-dance; taking up flag football, going fly-fishing or anything else that works best for you. Have fun!
About the Author
Brian Abraham runs: Zlimmer! - Weight Management Simplified. The website features Making Exercise Fun - a section with dozens of ideas on making exercise enjoyable in your daily life.
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