How to Lose Weight While Having Fun

Who says exercise has to be boring? If you find an activity that is fun to do, you can lose weight without even realizing you're working up a sweat. Whether you play a sport, take a dance class for adults, or jump on a mini trampoline, there are plenty of exercises that trick you into having some fun while you workout. Why not try some of the ideas below? You may find yourself dropping some pounds as you pursue one of the following fun activities.


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      Buy a weighted hula hoop. Weighted hoops aren't the type of hoops you played with when you were a kid. Many adults today use 3 to 5 pound hoops in order to get in shape. It's estimated that 10 minutes of hooping can burn about 100 calories. Plant yourself in front of the TV and hoop for about 10 minutes, and you'll have fun and work out at the same time. You'll be so busy playing, the time will fly by.

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      Sign up for a dance class. You can choose from a variety of dance, including ballet, jazz, belly dance, tap, modern, flamenco, ballroom, or even Irish clogging. Investigate the different kinds of dance offered by local dance schools and see which one inspires you. When you take a dance class, you spend an hour moving to music, learning new steps, and memorizing choreography. In fact, you're so busy doing this, you don't even realize you're exercising. Energetic dancing burns calories and helps you develop a slim dancer's body.

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      Gather your friends and do a fun workout DVD together. Exercising with a DVD can be kind of lonely when you're huffing and puffing away in your living room. Add a bunch of like-minded friends into the mix, and you'll motivate each other.

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      Purchase some roller blades or a bicycle and take to the streets. Go to the park and enjoying being outdoors as you skate or ride your bike. Many times, being outside helps you feel better about exercising. You're out in the fresh air, enjoying the scenery, and reverting back to childhood.

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      Take your kids to the park and play some basketball, softball, soccer, or another fun sport. Whether it's a game of volleyball or tennis, playing games with your kids is effective exercise that's fun to do. Try skipping rope with the kids as well. Fifteen minutes of skipping rope burns about 200 calories.

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      Purchase a mini trampoline. You can find them at discount department stores at varying prices. Bouncing on a miniature trampoline or rebounder gives you a great cardiovascular workout in a short amount of time. Have fun while bouncing your way to a slimmer figure.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check with your doctor before you begin any type of exercise program.
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