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Not-so-sporty sistah

I hate school sports! I’ve tried a bunch and don’t like any of them, so I know I don’t get enough exercise. Plus, I need to lose weight. I have aerobic workout videos that look fun. Will they do the trick?

Lots of kids are more comfy curling up with a magazine than winding up to hit one out of the ballpark. Luckily, gym teachers have finally realized that only bullies dig dodge ball, so they’re incorporating activities that are less competitive and more appealing to everyone.

When planning your own exercise program, “it’s important to do what you like,” says Wayne Westcott, fitness research director at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, Mass. He also reminds us that to keep a healthy bod and weight, we all need at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity three to five times a week. Non-competitive stuff can be just as fun and as good for you as dribbling a soccer ball down the field. Walk, ride your bike, or chase your dog in the snow. And, yes, workout tapes can be gold-medal material. Just press “play.”

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by GL | 2/1/2016