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Exercising for Fun

Release Date: May 12, 2022

Incorporating exercise into your daily routine is important for both your mental and physical health. Adding fun elements to your workout routine can help motivate you to make your workout a habit that will reap a variety of health benefits. Below is a list of activities that will both get your heart pumping and add a bit of excitement to your schedule.

  • Join a dance class. Swing dancing, tap dancing, ballet, or salsa are a few fun styles of dance that will raise your heart rate and challenge your coordination.
  • Try rock-climbing. Build your strength and experience the adrenaline rush of defying gravity as you scale a rock wall. Find an indoor rock-climbing facility or an instructor that can help safely guide you through the process.
  • Master a jump rope routine. Jumping rope is great aerobic exercise and will get your heart rate up in no time. You can find jump rope tutorials online for everything from basic tricks to complicated routines.
  • Play on a team sport. Team sports help you get active and can help you connect with others of similar interests. Look for local sports clubs or visit your city’s community center to find a sport that interests you.
  • Learn to kickbox. Kickboxing is a great cardio workout inspired by the workouts of professional boxers. It is a great way to get strong and to let out your daily frustrations, without participating in a contact sport.
  • Go stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking. If you're confident around water and know how to be water-safe, stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking on your own or with a group can be a fun way to exercise.
  • Go on a scenic bike ride. Bike riding is a fun cardio and strength training exercise. It’s also a great way to explore your neighborhood or local parks. Start off slow on an easy bike path, and as you grow your confidence you can graduate to hills or even off-road trails.

Remember, exercise can be fun and exciting! Make sure to consult with your physician before starting any diet or exercise plan. For more information on employee resources, please contact worklife@hq.dhs.gov.

Last Updated: 05/12/2022
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