fun ways to stay in shape

Are you tired of slogging miles upon miles on the gym treadmill? Working out to lose some extra pounds doesn’t necessarily have to be boring or tortuous. You can still get in great shape and look good if you can explore your environment and find some creative and exciting new ways to get in shape while still having some fun. Becoming creative and having some fun with your weight loss effort gives you a far better chance of succeeding.

Below are some fun exercises or workout ideas to get you inspired and happily losing some of those extra pounds.

Ride a Bike

Riding a bike is a great alternative to anyone who’s tired of just running alone. Biking helps you work out your lower body – from your calves to your butt – to get yourself a slimmer you with some pretty legs as a bonus. Try to push yourself to go faster than average through interval training in order to get tremendous after workout benefits.

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Take a Dance Class

With a good variety of dance styles to pick from, you are sure not only to have fun but have your heart rate rising to the beat and sweating in no time to reap the added health benefits such as improved cardiovascular health, coordination and balance, and shedding of some extra pounds. With dancing, you will not only be maintaining a good body weight but also be learning a new art and skill at the same time.

Go Swimming

Swimming is one form of exercise that strengthens and tones your body like no other exercise can with virtually no impact on your joints. Do some swim laps or get more creative by trying some water aerobics and aqua jogging.

Try a Martial Art Class

Want something more challenging? Here you have one – martial arts. With martial arts, you will not only be able to shed those extra pounds and build some muscles but you will also be able to increase your concentration, discipline, patience, and confidence. You can try Tai-Chi, Karate, Judo or Krav Maga with a registered martial arts trainer.

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Play Sport with Friends

Playing sports – like football, basketball, or Frisbee on the beach – with your friends is a great and exciting way to get really active and lose some extra pounds of fat. Such games will have you running back and forth, jumping, dribbling or passing without realizing how much running you are doing while virtually exercising your entire body muscles. You’ll be having so much fun while still achieving your weight loss goals.

Go Window Shopping

Walking around a shopping mall provide you with a great opportunity to stretch your legs in a more relaxed and controlled environment. Of course try and do yourself a favor by leaving your wallet at home – just a couple of change will do – if you are the shopaholic type.

Remember that "All work [serious workouts et al] and no play makes Jack a dull boy". So, no matter what type of exercise you decide to engage in, the important thing is to make sure that you are enjoying yourself. When you are having fun while doing your workouts, you improve your odds of continuing with them and therefore succeeding with your weight loss efforts.