Exercise

I’ve been active throughout my life, taking dance and gymnastics throughout elementary school and junior high, then I played tennis throughout high school. When I got to college, I never had much of a routine, except for the one semester I did P90X. After that semester, I went back to taking occasional walks, but nothing more than that. When I decided to get it together and start working out to be healthier, I had to find something to do that I liked. The most important thing when starting an exercise routine is to find something you like to do. Whether it’s going to the gym, taking a class, doing exercise videos at home, walking, running or playing a sport, start out slow, keep a routine and challenge yourself. My advice? Try to work out for at least 30 minutes at least 3 times a week. Here’s what’s worked for me.

Wii Fit
Lots of people think it’s silly to use video games to exercise, and I admit I was skeptical at first, but it’s really worked for me. Using Wii fit is really easy for people who don’t have a lot of time. You can exercise in your own home using a variety of different programs. I personally like to use Zumba and Just Dance. The Wii Fit Program has yoga and strength exercises that are great as well as other fun programs to try. Using Wii Fit is also a great way to keep track of your weight, BMI, and other activities that you do outside of the Wii Fit program. I think using Wii Fit is a great way to get into a routine of exercising, but I definitely think that you have to combine it with other activities to really get in shape.

Running and Walking
Aerobic exercise is definitely the best way to lose weight. I’ve never liked to run and I always thought I couldn’t do it, but one day I just decided I’d try it. I started out slow, alternating between walking a running in small intervals. I started slowing increasing the amount of time I ran and the distance I was going. I’ve pretty much kept my routine alternating running and walking at a distance of 1.5 miles, which takes 20-25 minutes. I’m not sure if I’ll increase my distance or time increments any further, but I really enjoy going out for a run and can’t imagine not doing it anymore.

Hoola Hooping
I’ve been fortunate enough to have friends of mine from camp introduce me to the art of hoola hooping. While hoola hooping isn’t the most strenuous form of exercise, it’s a fun way to get your body moving. At first, it was difficult for me to keep the hoop going very long but, after practicing it’s gotten easier and now I can even do tricks. I’ve even made my own so I can hoola whenever I want. Click here for instructions.

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