Have Fun Losing Weight
By Kathy Burns-Millyard
Many people feel losing weight is a difficult, unwanted chore.
And because it's difficult and they don't actually want to do the
work involved, they tend to avoid it as much as they can.
There's good news though. You can actually lose weight while
having fun too. You see, you don't need to actually "exercise" in
the common sense of the word. This is what everyone seems to
avoid the most because it takes a lot of work, pain, and time to
Instead of exercising though, you should try just being active
with something you enjoy. When you're having fun with something -
particularly activities that require a lot of movement - you can
still lose weight, increase your bodies metabolism, and tone your
muscles... all while having a blast at the same time!
Let's look at some examples:
1. Playing Sports - Guys and gals alike love to play some sort of
sport. And playing sports is the equivalent of doing interval
training. You spend part of your time at rest, ready for the next
spurt of action - and the other part of your time doing intense
bursts of activity.
Almost any kind of sport is like this: Baseball, basketball,
soccer, tennis, racquetball, the list is almost endless. So if you
enjoy sports of any kind, make an effort to go out and do that at
least once or twice each week, and you'll find yourself quickly
shedding not just body weight, but body fat too.
2. Dancing - This is another cardio activity that can really
boost your metabolism, burn calories, and burn lots of body fat
too. Any kind of dancing will work because you're moving when
you're doing it. The more energetic your dancing is of course,
the more fat and calories you'll burn and the faster your body
will begin to tone up.
If you don't have the option of taking dance classes, try renting
or buying some dance instruction DVDs instead. There are plenty
of dances that can be done alone, and many that can be done with
a partner too. So you can have fun with friends or loved ones
while still burning the fat from your body at the same time!
3. Bike Riding - This is another excellent exercise that you can
have fun with while toning your muscles and shedding the body
weight. This is even more fun when you can go for bike rides with
your spouse, kids, or friends. In fact it's even an excellent
family time activity for those of you who don't get enough
quality time with the family.
4. Skiing - If you want more of a full body workout, and you
don't mind the cold, try skiing instead. This can also be done
with family or friends, and can be great fun - especially while
you're still learning!
5. Hiking - This activity can range from walking along a ready-
made hiking path in your local area, to forging your own way
through the underbrush up a mountainside. Try to choose hiking
paths which vary to some degree - having inclines, declines and
flat areas in various places. This way even if you're doing more
"walking" than hiking, you're still changing the muscles that are
used and the intensity with which you're using them.
Kathy Burns-Millyard - Kathy is a professional published writer who covers a
variety of popular topics such as health, fitness, decorating, and gardening.
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