Fun Ways to Get Exercise

It’s no secret that exercise is crucial to good overall health. It not only keeps the heart, lungs and muscles fit, it boosts mood and increases energy. Too bad it’s no fun for many people.

If you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy exercise, here are some ways to get moving that don’t seem like work.

Play: You don’t have to have kids, although they can be a big help. If you don’t have a young one to play tag or hopscotch with, join an adult sport recreation league. Many areas in central Virginia have drop-in and or organized leagues in soccer, softball and more. Contact your local and nearby cities’ parks and recreation department to find out what options are available to you.

Enjoy the beauty of Virginia: You don’t have to go far to take some spectacular walks. Over the last several years, Fluvanna has created wonderful walking trails along the river. Or drive a little ways and enjoy the scenery from the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Charlottesville has walking trails around the reservoir.

Join a club: Check with your HOA, parks and recreation, or visit MeetUp.com to find groups that combine an interest and exercise. For example, perhaps there is a bike riding club or a bird watching group that goes for walks.

Take a class: Many people don’t enjoy going to the gym, but many offer classes that can be fun such as Zumba. In Fluvanna, there are several resources for exercises classes from the parks and recreation to local gyms.

Learn a dance on YouTube: If you like to boogie, YouTube is filled with videos that will teach you dance steps.

Use DVDs: Zumba, Cize, and many other fun exercise DVDs make getting your groove on fun. Check the library if you don’t want to invest in DVDs.

Get your gaming on: It doesn’t matter your age, owning a Wii or other gaming station provides lots of opportunities for fun and activity. There are video games that will teach you dance or Yoga. Or play tennis or baseball.

Get a dog: Dogs need walking everyday, which forces you get out and move. And with a pet, you always have a buddy with you.

Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore.  In fact, if you can make it fun, you’re more likely to stick to it and gain the benefits of health and energy.