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Health perks:
Scooters deliver the cardio benefits of gym equipment—plus the mood boost of being outside.

Goofiness factor:
My bike is great for getting around, but decades have passed since I yearned to pedal circles around the block. So when a woman zoomed by me recently, grinning atop a scooter, I thought: I want to try that. The Xootr Ultra Cruz made me feel as cool as a skateboarder, minus the fears of falling. The WingFlyer Z150 requires you to pump your legs up and down; my initial jabs of self-consciousness (Is my butt wiggling on this as much as I fear it is?) were soon wiped out by the pleasure of cruising along. The ElliptiGo 8C, essentially an outdoor elliptical machine, is pure fun to pedal. Next up: handlebar streamers. (Xootr.com, MyWingFlyer.com, Elliptigo.com, from $199 to $2,499)

Fun scale: 7/10

—Kate Rockwood, senior editor

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