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Fun Fitness: Exercises That Don't Feel Like Work

Who says fitness has to be deadly dull? There are many activities that will make you break a sweat without longing for the finish line.
Many people believe there's no such thing as fun fitness. In their minds, a good workout means trudging on a treadmill or lugging weights around a joyless gym, and that there’s no gain without the pain.

"They think of it as more of a chore, something they have to do because they've been told to do it by their doctor or physical therapist," says Julie Ann McCarthy, a physical therapist in San Francisco and a spokeswoman for the American Physical Therapy Association.

This, of course, is nonsense. There are many ways to combine fun and fitness.

Fun Fitness: Let’s Count the Ways

Activities that fall under the fun fitness umbrella include:

You can make any fitness activity more fun by recruiting a workout buddy or joining a group. Nearly every town has a jogging or bicycle club in which you can take part. "People are more motivated when they're held accountable by someone else," McCarthy says. "It's also more fun when you have company."

Another way to curtail fitness boredom is to mix up your activities. "With any exercise, your body adapts," McCarthy says. "It's important to change your routine so you don't plateau."