Lose Weight and Head to the Playground for Fitness Fun

There is a reason working out is called “working out”—no matter which way you spin it, exercise involves ongoing commitment and a lot of hard work. Unfortunately, this negative stigma surrounding exercise has caused many Americans to steer clear of the gym and avoid engaging in more physical activity. However, to reap the most benefits from your individualized medical weight loss program you can’t skip out on the gym.

Despite the fact that many of us truly want to be active, we have become all too comfortable viewing exercise through a negative lens. Exercise in combination with a medical weight loss diet will help patients achieve maximum results—so how do you find a way to increase your motivation for exercise?

According to a survey from the American Cancer Society, women are 10 percent less likely than men to make time for physical fitness. However, 40 percent of women said they would be more inclined to exercise on a regular basis if it felt more like play than actual work. So whether male or female, maybe the key to finding more enjoyment from your fitness regimen is to engage in more fitness activities that you actually enjoy.

Here are some fun alternatives to exercise that don’t involve a tread mill or even heading to the gym.

 

Get fit with nothing more than a jump rope.

You may have played with one as a kid or even with your own children, but did you ever stop to think that jumping rope is also an excellent source of exercise? You probably didn’t because jumping rope is actually fun, and what exercise could ever truly be that fun? Well it’s true—jumping rope can be fun and still provides you with an excellent workout, as just 15 minutes jumping rope can burn about 165 calories. If you don’t want to jump solo, grab a friend or workout partner and turn back time with an old-fashioned game of Double Dutch.

 

Hula hoops aren’t just for kids.

How long has it been since you’ve picked up a hula hoop and given it a whirl? Hula hooping is a seemingly silly yet fun way to lose weight. As with any exercise, the calories an individual burns hula hooping is relative, but on average you can burn 100 calories in just ten minutes. Hula hooping is also great for exercising in small spaces and usually can be done inside the comfort of your own home.

 

Skip your way to getting fit.

Named one of the “100 greatest toys of all time,” the Skip-it is a fun toy that can really get your heart pumping. Get out your sweat band and leg warmers and start skipping because this form of exercise really engages your core and lower-body muscles while also improving your balance. Regular skipping works, too—approximately 30 minutes skipping can burn up to 340 calories.

 

Travel back to your sand box days and get out some chalk for hopscotch.

Traditional hopscotch may seem a tad juvenile, but there are ways to rev up the fitness level of this old pastime. Instead of just jumping from square to square, try and jump to both sides of the box while balancing on one foot to increase your movements. Hopscotch is considered a form of plyometrics, so it has the ability to improve your power, strength and agility. You can even try hopscotch indoors by using masking tape to outline boxes on the ground.

There is a reason working out is called “working out”—no matter which way you spin it, exercise involves ongoing commitment and a lot of hard work. Unfortunately, this negative stigma surrounding exercise has caused many Americans to steer clear of the gym and avoid engaging in more physical activity. However, to reap the most benefits from your individualized medical weight loss program you can’t skip out on the gym.

Despite the fact that many of us truly want to be active, we have become all too comfortable viewing exercise through a negative lens. Exercise in combination with a medical weight loss diet will help patients achieve maximum results—so how do you find a way to increase your motivation for exercise?

According to a survey from the American Cancer Society, women are 10 percent less likely than men to make time for physical fitness. However, 40 percent of women said they would be more inclined to exercise on a regular basis if it felt more like play than actual work. So whether male or female, maybe the key to finding more enjoyment from your fitness regimen is to engage in more fitness activities that you actually enjoy.

Here are some fun alternatives to exercise that don’t involve a tread mill or even heading to the gym.

 

Get fit with nothing more than a jump rope.

You may have played with one as a kid or even with your own children, but did you ever stop to think that jumping rope is also an excellent source of exercise? You probably didn’t because jumping rope is actually fun, and what exercise could ever truly be that fun? Well it’s true—jumping rope can be fun and still provides you with an excellent workout, as just 15 minutes jumping rope can burn about 165 calories. If you don’t want to jump solo, grab a friend or workout partner and turn back time with an old-fashioned game of Double Dutch.

 

Hula hoops aren’t just for kids.

How long has it been since you’ve picked up a hula hoop and given it a whirl? Hula hooping is a seemingly silly yet fun way to lose weight. As with any exercise, the calories an individual burns hula hooping is relative, but on average you can burn 100 calories in just ten minutes. Hula hooping is also great for exercising in small spaces and usually can be done inside the comfort of your own home.

 

Skip your way to getting fit.

Named one of the “100 greatest toys of all time,” the Skip-it is a fun toy that can really get your heart pumping. Get out your sweat band and leg warmers and start skipping because this form of exercise really engages your core and lower-body muscles while also improving your balance. Regular skipping works, too—approximately 30 minutes skipping can burn up to 340 calories.

 

Travel back to your sand box days and get out some chalk for hopscotch.

Traditional hopscotch may seem a tad juvenile, but there are ways to rev up the fitness level of this old pastime. Instead of just jumping from square to square, try and jump to both sides of the box while balancing on one foot to increase your movements. Hopscotch is considered a form of plyometrics, so it has the ability to improve your power, strength and agility. You can even try hopscotch indoors by using masking tape to outline boxes on the ground.

Whether you’re 25 or 55, male or female, engaging in fun-filled fitness activities like the ones above can help you forget you’re even working out in the first place. There’s no doubt that losing weight takes a lot of hard work—but you can still have fun while you do it! Try adding some of these enjoyable child-like activities to your weight loss program, but remember to speak with Dr. Altschuler your weight loss doctor before engaging in new physical activities.

Whether you’re 25 or 55, male or female, engaging in fun-filled fitness activities like the ones above can help you forget you’re even working out in the first place. There’s no doubt that losing weight takes a lot of hard work—but you can still have fun while you do it! Try adding some of these enjoyable child-like activities to your weight loss program, but remember to speak with Dr. Altschuler your weight loss doctor before engaging in new physical activities.%MCEPASTEBIN%

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