What is holding you back from getting fit? Is it the idea of exercise? The thought of working out can impart a feeling of obligation. As a result, your perception about exercise becomes negative. It turns into a dull and less enjoyable must-do activity.
This frame of mind can sabotage your goal because fitness is a product of exercise and proper diet. To keep your level of motivation, you must have the ‘fun’ factor in any workout activities you wish to do. It means choosing entertaining workout activities.
The best way to find enjoyable activities is to look back. Refresh your memory and recall your childhood days. What games did you enjoy playing with your friends?
Here are few of the children’s classic games that can be considered also as effective and fun way to get fit.
Hula Hoop. Remember how you and your girlfriends took pleasure in swiveling this big ring around your waist. For more effective hula hoop exercise, you can opt for weighted hula hoops. The circular trunk movement can trim your waistline and tighten your abdominal area.
More so, hula hooping for 30 minutes in low intensity can burn approximately 200 calories.
Jumping Rope. It is simple but very effective way to lose weight. There is no fancy equipment and special gear required except for a rope which you can buy for $20. It is relatively cheap and you can do this exercise anywhere.
Jumping rope is a great calorie burner. It is also considered as one of the best cardiovascular exercises. You can burn up to 1000 calories for an hour of jumping rope. It benefits your entire body, both the upper and lower major muscle groups. It also nurtures your body stamina and agility.
Trampoline. This is really easy and fun to do exercise. This is also known as rebounding exercise. There is no doubt that bouncing will rekindle your playful childish spirit. What a fun way to shed that extra weight!
On top of that, rebounding exercise offers many health benefits. It revs up your metabolism and heightens your energy level. It is also a great way to improve your balancing skills while it tones your muscles.
Swimming. Children like to swim especially during summer months. This activity is not only enjoyable but it is packed with health benefits. Like jumping rope, this exercise involves all your major muscle groups in the body. This makes swimming an excellent choice for an entertaining total body workout. It also enhances the blood and oxygen circulation in your body.
A 30 minutes moderate pace swimming can burn 240 calories.
Other classic children activities that you can consider for fitness are bike riding, basketball, football and dancing.
Just look back and remember those fun filled childhood days. You can always do those enjoyable, entertaining and easy to learn activities to keep you fit.