Crawling Workout: 3 Fun Ways to Get in Shape
3 Fun Ways to Get in Shape
1. Join an Intramural Team
If you're looking to get together with friends (or make new ones!) while getting a fantastic workout, try joining an intramural sports team. Intramural teams can be for everyday sports, such as basketball, soccer and volleyball, or "blasts from the past" like dodgeball and flag football. And they're open to everyone—no experience required. According to Robert Herzog, CEO and founder of ZogSports, a coed social sports club, intramural games provide a different kind of exercise than simply running on a treadmill. "Whether you're running, jumping, dribbling or passing, playing sports exercises your entire body, including muscles you forgot you had," Herzog says. "And you'll be having so much fun that it won't even feel like you're exercising!"
To find a league near you, check out Sportsvite, which lists more than 1,000 recreational sports leagues across the country. Narrow your search down to a specific region, sport, gender, age and availability to find a program that's perfect for you. You can even create and manage your own profile to network with other people and learn about what's new and exciting in your area.
2. Coach a Youth Sports Team
Your kids love sports and, as a parent, part of your responsibility is dropping them off at practice a few times a week. So why not join them? "Coaching a sport is a great opportunity for you to kick-start a more active lifestyle," says James Schmutz, executive director of the American Sport Education Program. "For example, by participating in warmups and stretching, you'll be teaching and exercising simultaneously." You'll also add a lot more to your life than just physical activity: It's a chance to volunteer and inspire kids—maybe even your own! To coach a youth team in your community, contact your park district or local organization for youth sports.
3. Take a Dance Class
Never danced before? No problem! There are a variety of beginner dance classes available in a number of different styles. "When you use dance as exercise, it's entertaining, which means you'll be more likely to stick with it," says Michelle Burkhart, director of Dance/NYC in New York City. "With dance you're maintaining a good weight and strong cardiovascular system while developing a new skill and art form all at the same time." If you're not sure where to begin, consider a combination class like Jazzercise, a 60-minute workout that mixes dance, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing all in one. Or, if you want to spice things up a bit more, check out the popular dance fitness program Zumba. The combination of Latin rhythms and step-by-step instruction make it perfect for beginners. If you'd rather try a different dance style, simply search your local area. Private studios, gyms and community recreation centers typically offer a variety of classes—from ballet to hip-hop and more—for all levels of ability.
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