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Health Plus offers tips for making exercise fun

Jan. 22, 2014, 3:03 PM

(Vanderbilt University)

If exercise is so good for us, why is it so hard to do? Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be fun, give you energy and relieve stress. Finding activities that you enjoy and making a plan that will fit your schedule can help.

You do not need to join a gym to exercise. If you have not exercised or been active in a long time, start slowly to prevent injuries. Taking a brisk 10-minute walk twice a week is a good start. Schedule it on your calendar or set a reminder on your phone.

Try taking a dance, yoga or karate class if they appeal to you. You could also join a baseball or bowling team, or even a mall-walking group. The social aspects of these groups can be very rewarding. Maybe you like to kayak, skate, hike, jump rope or play badminton. The fun factor is a great motivator.

The most important thing is to find activities that you can maintain and enjoy.


Learn more about physical activity.

Check out these online workouts.

Use the Start! physical activity tracker.

Health Plus provides resources to support the health of Vanderbilt faculty and staff.