5 Quick and Easy Fun Ways to Get in Shape

Written by Emily Clark

Getting and staying in shape doesn’t have to be dull and boring! Try some of these fun fitness activities to make your workout time more enjoyable.

MUSICAL EXERCIES – Put on your favorite music and do some yoga! No need for slow, elevator music. Move to your favorite beat. Or pop onrepparttar headphones or earphones and grab your MP3 or cassette player or handheld PC and bike to a nearby park. Too cold or rainy? Then head to a mall or other enclosed area where you can walk. Caution: make sure you are alert while listening to music with headphones or earphones.

FUN IN THE SUN – Check outrepparttar 144550 latest tanning solutions and try fun, scented versions with funky, multi-colored sunglasses. Grab your cassette player or MP3 player and favorite tunes. And pack some flavored water, new flavored health bar that you’ve been dying to try and some frozen berries in your carryall for breaks and have a “sense”-ational time.

FITNESS CLASSES – Try out a new fitness class for fun. Enjoy a full water aerobics workout with less stress on your joints. Grab some colorful water gear and swim torepparttar 144551 beat. Or try a dance or Jazzercise routine. No need to commit long-term, just ask about popping in for a class or two to check it out and enjoy. Meet new friends and get fit all at once.

VCR / DVD – Head torepparttar 144552 library or local rental store and grab a fun fitness video or DVD. Crank uprepparttar 144553 sound when your favorite tunes come on and joinrepparttar 144554 taped workout participants inrepparttar 144555 privacy of your own home.

Keeping Fit & Healthy Doesn't Have to Be a Chore

Written by Emily Clark

Some people have fought many years of their lives to preserverepparttar rich heritage ofrepparttar 144549 outdoors and nature we now enjoy. That dedication and effort have been rewarded by fantastic hiking opportunities in our local, state, and national parks systems. In honor of their efforts, let's break out of our winter hibernation and venture intorepparttar 144550 crisp, clean outdoor air and hit some of those dirt trails.

Here are 4 steps to an enjoyable hike, no matter where your feet decide to take you.

1. Knowrepparttar 144551 area you will be going into. Although many states, like California, Colorado, or Wyoming have exceptional hiking hot spots, even your local park will have some kind of useful information. Whether it's a website with information and trail details, or a map atrepparttar 144552 park office, trailhead, or visitor center, always check before you head out on your hike so you know what to expect.

2. Knowrepparttar 144553 conditions you will be facing, wherever you go. Nothing is worse than traveling to a hiking destination only to missrepparttar 144554 hike, because it was raining or freezing and you weren't prepared. Ifrepparttar 144555 trail is flooded out, or snowy conditions have shut it down for an extended period, you should be able to find this out as well. It is also good to know if there are any plants or animals to watch out for at your hiking location. Wiping with poison ivy won't feel good inrepparttar 144556 morning.

3. Wear clothing that works and fitsrepparttar 144557 terrain and hike conditions. There are many options in your clothing arsenal, to keep yourself comfortable, here are a couple of pointers: - Try and stay away from cotton. Instead, look for synthetic and natural fibers that pull moisture away from your body, or at least stay warm when wet. - Also, go for layers to keep yourself warm, versus carrying around a huge parka, in case you are hit by a freak snowstorm. - The two most important pieces of clothing for any hiker, are good socks and good shoes. Don't underestimaterepparttar 144558 pain a hike can cause with uncomfortable shoes and socks. Finally, a hat in cold weather is a great addition, since your body loses over half its heat through your head.

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