Keeping Fit for People Who Are Not...

Keeping Fit for People Who Are Not Athletic

by Susan Huebert
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Getting enough exercise and keeping fit can be difficult, even for people who enjoy it. For people who are not athletic or who dislike sports, it can be even harder. However, even the least athletic people can keep fit by finding creative ways of getting their bodies moving.

Keeping fit is a very important part of living a healthy life. Exercise can strengthen the muscles, prevent certain diseases, and help in many other ways to keep the body healthy. It can also help the mind as people learn to concentrate on what they are doing and to ignore distractions. Have you ever gone for a walk when you were feeling sick? Did you feel better afterwards? Many benefits can come from trying to keep fit.

Even though keeping fit can be very beneficial, many people still have trouble with it. For some, it might be the amount of time that they have to spend on exercise when they have a lot of work to do. For others, it might be the effort that it takes to get outside or go to the gym to get some exercise.

Keeping fit takes time and effort, but it can be worth the trouble. People who are fit generally get sick less often with illnesses like colds or the flu. They have more energy and can usually keep on going longer than people who don’t take the time to exercise. Exercising increases immune system strength which helps fight sickness and disease.

Even if you think that you have too little time to keep fit, you can still try to get some exercise. Taking the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator, for example, is an easy way of getting your legs and heart working. Walking or riding a bicycle to go meet your friends is better for your health than going by car, and dancing or gardening can also help.

Sometimes, people who dislike team sports can have trouble keeping fit. Do you find it hard to play on a team? The competitiveness, the pressure, and the difficulty of dealing with other players can make team sports hard for some people. However, finding an individual sport like cycling or swimming is a good option. Depending on what you prefer, you can do these activities alone or in small groups.

The first step is to find out about any health problems or other limitations you might have. If you have more trouble than most people do with the cold, for example, you might not want to try running in the winter. If you tend to be clumsy, lifting weights might not be a good idea until you build up your strength, and if you are afraid of heights, you should probably avoid rock climbing. Knowing what kinds of exercises are best for you will help you to stick to your plans.

Whatever you decide to do, it is important to be consistent and to try to exercise regularly. Even if you are not athletic, it can help you to keep fit.


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Kids Health.org. “Fitness for Kids Who Don’t Like Sports.” http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/hate-sports.html.

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