Sunday, June 08, 2008

Easy Exercises, Games Weight Loss and More.

The need for regular physical activity has never before been higher than it is now. Alarming rates of heart disease and obesity are growing, and a lot of this is due to the fact that physical activity is at a low point for humans today. We simply do not need to get up and move around as much as we used to. Technology has stepped in and relieved us of the need to constantly exert ourselves, and so the need to actively seek activity is born. Unfortunately, most people only seek activity in the form of hard physical exercise – going to a gym, jogging, or other similar things. These are all wonderful for the body, but they require a lot of dedication, effort, and discipline, and as a result they can be hard to stick with. What we need are forms of exercise that are fun and slightly less challenging to help get us active and lose those pounds. Below are four great ideas.

Table tennis has been around for a very long time, and while it’s more commonly known as an addicting hobby sport, it also happens to be a great source of exercise. Table tennis involves low-key physical effort so that you won’t be panting or sweating your clothes off, but it will require physical exertion and is going to burn a lot of calories. It’s perfect for someone who isn’t at all used to exercise who simply wants to spend less time on the couch and more time improving their fitness. The rules couldn’t be simpler, and as long as you’ve got a table you can do it anytime that’s convenient. It only takes two to play, and you’ll find yourself going at it with a friend for hours – all the while toning your body!

Similar to table tennis, Badminton is another great sport that is a slight step up in physical exertion. It’s still much less intimidating than Tennis, but gets our whole body moving more and uses more of your legs as well as your arms. The result is a great workout that’s a lot of fun. Badminton also gives you a lot of choice as far how much you want to exert yourself. Because of the unique characteristics of the birdie, it hangs on the air and allows you the opportunity to play much more casually if you want a simpler, less physical workout. Either way, you’ll burn a ton of calories.

Swimming is one of the most beneficial forms of exercise on the planet. For starters, as easy on the joints as physical activity comes, and the amount of natural exertion it takes to propel your body through the water requires your heart to work hard and your body to burn a lot of energy. It’s also great for total-body fitness, because it literally works every part of your body. Swimming is also one of the highest rated exercises for quickly burning calories. Since we’re trying to focus on low-key exercise that you can enjoy doing and don’t dread, swimming is also wonderful because it gives you the opportunity to exert yourself however much you want, and then relax for a while. Treading water and light swimming don’t take a tremendous amount of effort, but the reward your body reaps is amazing. Then, once you’ve grown tired of swimming and splashing about, you can pull up a float, kick back, and enjoy the sun and the water. Obviously swimming isn’t very versatile as you have to have a pool, but it’s not too difficult to find one if you don’t own one.

Although physical activity is required less than it ever has been, it has never before been easier to access. With the wave of convenience that has swept America has come a new, interesting concept – convenient exercise. This genre of making effective physical exertion readily accessible is quickly growing, and offers unique opportunities to get yourself in better shape. Simply find an activity like the ones above that you enjoy, and you’ll find that it’s easy to get off of the couch and get that exercise you know you need.

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