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Making Exercise Fun

September 23, 2015 by  
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group of elderly people doing various exercises

Forming a habit of exercising can be difficult. With a partner and a little fun, it can become an enjoyable part of your day.

Exercise is a key component to longevity. It has many benefits including, weight management, less risk of chronic illnesses, heart health, better sleep, more energy, better mood, and so much more. By exercising more often, you will stay healthy longer enabling you to age well and feel great.

Forming a habit of exercising can be difficult. Here are a few ways of making exercise fun to help you form that habit and stick to an exercise routine.

Have an Exercise Buddy

Pick a friend that is fun and full of energy. If you look forward to spending time with them you will be more likely to exercise. You and your exercise buddy should encourage each other and hold one another accountable.

Join a Gym or Group Class

Group classes are a fun and social workout. Pilates is an excellent low impact exercise. Zumba and other dance classes can be fun as well and there are many classes that cater to people who struggle with mobility. Water aerobics is also a great low impact option. There are many different classes out there, and while you exercise you will probably make some new friends as well!

Spread the Exercise Out

Exercising 30 minutes a day 5 days a week is recommended. But if you don’t have time for 30 minutes at a time just break it up. 10 or 15 minutes here and there when you have time is better than nothing. Just try and make it equal the 30 minutes that are recommended.  

Switch it Up

There are so many forms of exercise. If you find yourself getting bored you will be more likely to quit. Trying different forms of exercise will keep you entertained, and it is also good for your body to exercise in a variety of ways.

Focus on Short-Term Goals

Weight loss and muscle gain are long term goals. They are slow changes that take place over time. When you want to lose a significant amount of weight, losing 2 pounds a week, like is recommended, can be frustrating. Instead focus on goals like increased energy, better mood, less stress. When you exercise endorphins are released that make you feel better. If you focus on how you have improved in those areas, you will be more likely to stick with your exercise routine.

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