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Unexpected Fun Ways to Get Fit and Healthy

By Genevieve Cunningham

If you want to get fit and healthy, you're in the majority. Most people want to feel good in their own skin. They want to enjoy their lives, and they know that good health is a factor. Of course, even if most people want it, that doesn't mean they'll do what it takes to make it happen. In fact, following through is the hard part! Luckily, there are ways to get fit and healthy that feel less like work and more like fun. If you need an unconventional start to your fitness journey, take a look at these three workouts that bring a little enjoyment into your quest for long-term wellness.


When most people think of swimming, they think more of hanging out in a pool. They think of splashing around with others and having fun. They don't think about the hard work of swimming lap after lap. But if you want to get fit, adding a lap or two of swimming can really challenge your body. Swimming is hard! It pushes your muscles and improves your stamina. It's a great way to get fit. And for those who experience pain, it's even better because the water can help with pain relief. The bottom line is that if you want to get fit, no matter what kind of shape you're currently in, swimming can definitely move you in the right direction. 


Even if you're embarrassed to bust a move in front of others, you can still burn a lot of calories just by dancing in the comfort of your own home. Dancing is work. It requires the use of every muscle in your body, and it can change pace quickly. But really the best part about dancing for exercise is that it's a lot of fun. Do it alone or with your friends. Go to a club or stay home. Take lessons or do your own thing. If you want to have a blast and get fit at the same time, dancing may be just the thing. 


Playing sports is fun. If you do it on a team, you get to hang out with friends and build camaraderie and compete. If you do it for fun, you get to hang out with friends in a low-stress way. And of course, if you play a sport that you really enjoy, it's a really fun way to improve your fitness level. Whether you join a local team or just meet a bunch of friends at the park, consider playing basketball, soccer, or even golf to kick back, relax, and get fit all at the same time. 

Getting fit and healthy doesn't have to be a dreadful chore. It can be fun. It can be something that you actually look forward to. Something that's entertaining and challenging and relaxing all in one! Use these ideas to get your body moving and to get in the best shape of your life in no time at all.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Ventura, Calif.

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