Activities so fun you’ll forget they’re exercise
Getting up while it's still dark outside to make your 5 a.m. spin class can get a little redundant. And exhausting. Hit the snooze button, curl back in bed and instead give these super fun calorie-slashing activities a try instead.
Let it roll
Remember how much fun you used to have skating around the rink as a kid with a group of friends or even with your first (sigh) BF when you were a teenager? Go ahead and get nostalgic while burning some serious calories — around 200 in 30 minutes for a 135-pound woman. Get a sitter, round up your best girlfriends (or make it an old-school romantic kind of night with your honey) and hit the local roller rink for this workout in disguise. If you're really a die-hard roller-skater, consider joining a roller-derby team — those girls are hard core!
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Jump for joy... and for weight loss
Celebrity mom Miranda Kerr has an amazing body and a happy mindset — both of which she attributes in part to jumping. She recently told SELF magazine, "If I'm having a challenging moment, I jump for joy. Literally. After a minute, I feel better, and after a few minutes, I'm really happy. Everything else just drops off. It gets me out of my head and into my body, and it makes me feel present." Not to mention the fact that jumping rope is one of the cheapest workouts around and it burns crazy amounts of calories — 322, to be exact, in just 30 minutes at a moderate pace. Now that's something to be happy about.
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Shake your moneymaker
Shakira said it best — hips don't lie. Give yours a little shimmy shake for a sweat session with a fun hula dancing class. If the budget's a little tight this season, try a dance DVD such as Hot Hula, $39, or simply grab a few hula hoops from the local discount store and host a hip-shaking dance party in your own backyard. (Bonus: The kids will think you're the coolest mom on the block when you show them how it's done.)
Take a trip around the pole
Instead of judging exotic dancers, it might be more fun to join them at their game. Strip-tease and lap-dance studios and classes are popping up all over to give women not only an education in the real skill and strength that pole-dancing requires but also to empower women to appreciate our bodies and show them off. If you're intimidated by a strip-tease class, give burlesque dancing a go in the privacy of your own home with the Pussycat Dolls: Dancer's Body Workout DVD, $9.
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If all else fails, join your kids on the jungle gym at the park instead of sitting by on the bench or start up a family game of tag in the yard. If you're having a good time while you're moving your body, you win.