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How to Find an Exercise You'll Love

Find a new activity or way to play that will make moving fun.

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

If you’d rather stay inside: Gymnastics and karate classes can keep you indoors and help you have better balance and stronger muscles. Games like ping-pong and bowling count, too. Move even more when you play them by walking in place between your turn or doing a few jumping jacks whenever you get a good score.

If you like contests: Play a sport that has a winner, like basketball or soccer, or even a playground game like freeze tag. When you’re trying to win, you’ll want to run faster, which is good for your body.

Step 3: Stick with it.

So you’re ready to try something new. Maybe it’s dancing, running, or baseball. But before you start, make yourself a promise: if you don’t like it at first, you’ll give it another shot.

“You should give yourself three chances to try it before you decide if you like it or you want to do something else,” Beach says. Why? You might not know how to do it the first time or you might get nervous. Most of the time, the basic skills take practice before you get good at them. But you can only get there if you stick with it.

“Usually nervousness goes away once you’re more comfortable,” Beach says, “and it’s a great way to make new friends!”

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Reviewed on January 21, 2016