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How to Find an Exercise You'll Love

Find a way new activity or way to play that will make moving fun.
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By Katrina Brown Hunt
WebMD Feature
Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD

Tween swimming with kickboardWant to find new fun ways to get moving? You can play a sport, dance, ride your bike …

But for you to stick with it, it's important that you do something you like. If you like doing a certain type of exercise, it'll be fun and you'll keep doing it more. And that's good for your body. To help you stay healthy, be physically active for one hour a day. You don't have to do it all at once. Just make sure you're moving all during the day.

George Graham, a long-time PE teacher, says there's one thing to remember to make it easier and more fun: "Don't think of it as exercise. Think of it as playing."

How can you find the right activity for you?

 

Step 1: Think about it.

It's easy to find new, fun ways to play and get exercise at the same time. You just need to know yourself. "If you want to exercise more, just think about what you like doing," says Ronda Rose-Kayser, a certified family life educator in Sioux Falls, S.D. It doesn't matter if your dad loves football or you sister is into dance. This is about you.

Think about these three things when you're looking for new ways to exercise that will be right for you.

  1. Think about what you like about recess or PE at school. And think about what you don't like about PE or recess. Do you like to move fast, or do you like activities where you need to be careful and aim?
  2. Think about what you like to do after school and on the weekends.
  3. Do you like to do things by yourself, or would you rather be with friends?

Step 2: Pick one of these fun ways to exercise.

Now with an idea of your likes and dislikes, check out this list. Do any of these sound like you?

If you like music: Turn on some music and dance. You can even play music while you move in the yard. Try hula-hooping to music or playing musical freeze-tag with friends. Maybe you'd like signing up for a dance class -- anything from jazz to ballet to hip-hop.

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