Exercise can be fun!

Exercise is not only good for your body physically, but also mentally and emotionally.

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Exercise is an essential component of being successful. Lean muscle mass is very important in the process of calorie burning. Therefore, the more muscle you build, the more likely you are to lose weight or maintain your weight loss. Exercise will increase your calorie deficit (the amount you eat vs the number of calories you burn), help build or maintain lean muscle, and increase your metabolism.It is important to periodically change the exercises you do so that your body does not adapt to your routine. The more it adapts, the easier it is and therefore the less you burn. The goal is to vary your exercise routine and challenge your body in different ways.Exercise is not only good for your body physically, but also mentally and emotionally. As little as 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day can do wonders for stress, anxiety, and mood. In addition, if you enjoy the activity you are doing, you’re more likely to stick with it and turn to it as a coping skill. Therefore, it is important to identify physical activities that you enjoy.

Below is a list of common activities that are forms of exercise. Make a note of the ones that you would like to try.

  • Jogging / Running / Running a 5k / Running or walking on the beach / Hiking / Bleacher Running
  • Walking on a treadmill / Walking outside / Walking around a track / Biking
  • Yoga / Pilates / Hot/ Power Yoga
  • Free Weights / Circuit Training / Stairmaster / Rowing Machine / Kettlebells / Interval Training / Stationary Bike / Elliptical
  • Zumba / Dancing / Spinning / Jazzercize / Step Aerobics / Water Aerobics / Swimming laps
  • Soccer / Baseball / Hockey / Basketball / Football / Tennis / Ice Skating / Racquetball / Bowling / Horseback Riding / Ping Pong / Gymnastics / Wii Sports Games
  • Tai Chi / Martial Arts / Kickboxing / Boxing / Paintball
  • Painting / Moving Furniture / Gardening / Shoveling / Washing the car / Mowing the lawn with a push mower / Playing Tag with kids / Playing Catch / Walking Dog / Cleaning
  • Skiing / Snow shoeing / Water Skiing / Rock Climbing / Canoeing / Surfing / Skateboarding
  • Bootcamp / BODYPUMP / CrossFit / Stroller Strides / P90X / Insanity / Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred / Biggest Loser Workouts
  • Obstacle Courses / Hula Hooping / Jumping Rope / Skipping / Trampoline / Hop Scotch / Frisbee
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