5 SURPRISINGLY FUN EXERCISES

Learn some fun activities and workout ideas that can help make your workouts something you’ll look forward to.

Be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin any exercise routine.

TRY THESE 5 FUN EXERCISES THAT DON’T FEEL LIKE EXERCISE.

Good workout ideas don’t have to mean training for a marathon, or even stepping foot in a gym. Even if you’re not a big fan of traditional exercise, you can still get a workout – and maybe even have fun.

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The first thing to do before you start any exercise routine is to talk to your doctor.

Once you’re clear to begin, find a physical activity that you enjoy. Remember, anything that gets you moving and burns off calories is physical activity.

DANCING

Tangos, waltzes, sambas, foxtrots–there are so many options to keep your feet moving and heart pumping.

Dancing is a fun, social workout idea, and a great way to strengthen bones and muscles without hurting your joints.

Two left feet? Try taking a beginner’s class with a partner or go solo and meet some new friends.

SWIMMING

Swimming is a great, low-impact way to get regular aerobic physical activity.

Splash around with the kids or grandkids, take a water aerobics class, swim some laps, or develop your own routine.

ADULT GYMNASTICS

Jumping, tumbling, flipping, and swinging may seem like an odd choice for an adult, but don’t knock it unless you’ve tried it.

Gymnastics is a fun way to exercise that helps maintain muscular development and improves cardiovascular fitness.

And you don’t have to soar high above the ground on the trapeze! There are beginner’s classes for all age levels and abilities.

PILATES

Pilates workouts aren’t considered aerobic – meaning exercises that stimulate the heart and lungs. However, this unique workout idea may be a good way to supplement any other aerobic exercise your doctor may recommend. That’s because, it may help with stress reduction, an important step in any effort to live heart-healthy.

In addition, it may help strengthen your immune system among many other potential benefits – including that it can actually be a lot of fun!

(POWER) WINDOW SHOPPING

Dust off your walking shoes and head over to the local mall. It’s climate-controlled and you can get your heart rate up and burn off calories while checking out the latest wares and fashion.

Go early in the day when it’s not too busy and take along a friend for a little walk and talk.

Whatever you decide to do, keep it fun, try a variety of activities, and be sure to consult your doctor before you start any exercise program.

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