Editor's Note: We've asked SparkPeople member MOSTMOM1 to share her favorite fun fitness tools. Read on for gadgets that will turn any workout into playtime!
Giant Bubble Wand
What does blowing giant bubbles have to do with fitness? Maybe nothing. But I love this, and I find if I’m outside blowing bubbles, I’m probably doing something else, too. Like walking, hiking, or playing in the park. You can NOT blow giant bubbles while sitting on the couch. Just saying.
My kids gave me my first set of poi for Mother’s Day. Spinning poi is kind of like juggling and it’s really fun. This is another outside game, so once again, you’re off the couch. That’s good, right? When you string a bunch of moves together and really get going, you can get your heart rate up higher that you might think. You’ll feel it in your shoulders and back the next day, too. It’s the kind of exercise that sneaks up on you, in a good way.
You may not have been on one of these since you were a kid. But guess what? They make them for adults now! And guess what else? It’s surprisingly good cardio! Who knew? I bounce around the yard or park with mine. It also doubles as my desk chair, and I use it for stability ball workouts. Hippity hops aren’t just for kids anymore! Woohoo!
Weighted Hula Hoop
One of my favorite fun fitness toys is the hula hoop. It can be a great cardio workout, and it's good for strengthening your core. But this is NOT a little kid’s hoop like you find in the toy store! Nope. This is an adult-sized hoop. I learned my first hoop tricks with this specific hoop. If you’re interested in the kind of hooping you see at circuses, festivals, and on YouTube, this is a great beginner hoop. Warning: Hooping can be addictive. One hoop leads to another, and another.
Waist hooping is fine, but if you’re really going to try hooping, you have to learn some of the cool moves. Trust me, it takes hooping to a whole new level of fun and sneaks your heart rate up at the same time. This is a great beginner DVD. It’ll help you get started on the waist and then teach you a couple of fun moves, too. Before you know it, you’ll be your own backyard circus. And that’s a good thing!
Just goes to show, like anything else, fitness can be FUN! Get out there and do what you love--and the results will follow.
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