Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Livin' Lean Topic Tuesday: Making Exercise Fun

If ya'll don't know this already, I am an elementary physical education teacher. My mission is to teach children about health, nutrition and exercise. But most importantly, my job is to create positive feelings about exercise within my students. I want them to find something they enjoy and be able to carry it with them as they become adults. How do I do this? I make movement fun!

Believe it or not, we are not much different than elementary students. If something is fun, we are more likely going to do it. If it seems like work or a chore, we aren't. It is that simple. So, what we need to do is find ways to make exercise fun or find additional activity in things we already enjoy. Here are some ideas to get you thinking about ways to spice up your exercise life!


Fitness with Friends - Find a friend or group of people to take walks with. If someone is counting on you, it is harder to talk yourself out of going for that walk. Plus, it is a great time to laugh and talk with other people; a bonus for your emotional health as well.

Play with Your Kids- I don't know about you, but when my daughter and I run around outside, it can be exhausting! My sister is always tired after babysitting. Kids have tons of energy. Get out there and play with them. It is great for you physcially and strengthens the parent/child relationship.

Dance- Dancing is a fabulous workout! There are probably classes in your area to sign up for. But if you are not into the group class thing, throw on some music and dance in your living room. You could even dance as you clean your house or do other chores. With the right tunes, you won't be able to stop yourself.

Sports Leagues- If you are the competive type or just like being around people, check with your local parks and recreation department for adult sports leagues. The one in my area offers tons of options for adults to get out and have fun.
Hopefully these ideas have you thinking about ways to have fun with fitness. The weather is great this time of year. Get out there, get moving and have a great time! If you include your kids, you are also making my job a little bit easier. PE teachers everywhere appreciate that!

Have a great day!


  1. Your blog is just so pretty.

    I love the whole design

    Take Care!

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