One thing that universal amongst all people who are slim and healthy is the fact that they love exercise. It is the number one way to stay in shape and even if your diet is less than perfect, regular exercise will help to keep your weight in check and keep your cardiovascular health in great condition. The problem for so many people is that they haven't done any exercise for so long. Strapping on your running shoes after a few years of inactivity can be an experience and a half. Running can be very painful and the impact on your legs, knees and ankles can leave you in pain for days.

To make matters worse, if you gained a few pounds over the last few years and you are trying to get back in shape by running, then the extra weight can place an immense strain on your knees and your back. Most of the time the pain is just too much and we end up quitting after a few days.

So, what's the solution? Its simple. Just pick the right types of exercise. You need to find exercise that will burn a lot of calories, that is fun to do and that won't leave you in pain. You have a number of options, but these are my 3 favorites.

1. Swimming

What is particularly good about swimming is the fact that the water will absorb part of your weight. All your motions and actions are focused on your muscles and the usual impact on your joints is virtually non existent. Swimming is incredibly good and because it evolves so many muscles groups its very good for burning calories. On top of that its great fun and it hardly feels like "exercise".

2. Indoor Rowing

Indoor rowing is something that has taken off in popularity in recent years. Its common knowledge that rowing is a very demanding exercise and with indoor rowers we can replicate the rowing motion indoors. These machines are great because they take up very little room and offer you a high intensity workout - without the impact. It also offers great variety of intensity and you can get a great workout with 20 minutes of rowing.

3. Mountain Biking

As a dedicated sport, mountain biking has grown significantly. Unlike cycling in a gym or cycling on the road, this takes you outdoors. With countless great tracks and courses out in the woods and other parks its really exciting. Dealing with difficult terrains and being out in the wilderness will have you for get about "exercise" without even knowing about it.

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Article by John C. Burrow - Please visit John's website for more infromation and advice.