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What’s Your Excuse? 'I’m Not an Athlete'

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When you hear the word "exercise," you might think about gym class or after-school sports. And let’s be honest, those activities aren’t everyone’s thing. But just because you didn’t get picked first for a team doesn’t mean that being active isn’t for you.

In fact, you don’t have to be any kind of an athlete to get good things out of exercise. It doesn’t matter if you think you can’t kick a goal or make a basket to save your life -- the important part is that you’re up and moving for 60 minutes every day.

Moving your body every day can help you stay at a healthy weight, build your muscles and bones, and make you more flexible. When you exercise, you’ll have more energy and focus during the day, and you’ll be able to sleep better at night. Stressed out? Moving helps you relax and recharge, too.

So if sports aren’t your thing, don’t worry. There are so many ways to move your body! When you find something you like to do, you may not even notice that you’re “exercising.”

Have fun! If you enjoy being part of a team, but aren’t interested in your school’s sports, look for recreational or community leagues to join. If you’d rather go solo, you might want to walk, run, bike, skate, or swim. 

Break it up. You don’t always have to exercise for 60 minutes at a time. Maybe you walk your dog for 15 minutes, bike around the neighborhood for 30 minutes, and play basketball with a friend for 15 minutes. Everything you do adds up.

Clear the floor. Make a little space in a room in your house so that you can move around. Maybe you’ll dance or do yoga.

Bring a friend or two. Plan a group hike or a bike ride. If you have enough people, play a game of soccer or kickball. You don’t have to keep score or try to impress anyone.

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