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Pair Exercise With Your Hobby

Creative ways to make your hobbies more active so you can exercise while you play.

The Perfect Exercise for Video Game Players

If you'd prefer to be moving a joystick rather than moving your body, take heart. There are plenty of games that can pique your interest in exercise.

Exercise Match: Play games that get you moving, like tennis or golf on the Wii. When watching TV, make a regular date to watch it -- while you walk or jog on a treadmill at the gym or the local Y, or in circles around your house or living room.

How to Stay Motivated: Especially in the beginning, combine your exercise time with your screen time. "Do a give-and-take -- for instance, 30 minutes of screen time for 30 minutes of exercise," says Steven Stovitz, MD, the team physician for the University of Minnesota athletic department. Program your phone or your computer to ping you when it's your chosen exercise time.

 

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Reviewed on January 11, 2012