The Best Exercise for Improving Your Health Is Not Really Exercise At All


Exercise is important—this is an undeniable fact for us as humans. We all know that the best way to maintain our physical and emotional health is to engage in regular exercise. However, many people have a hard time finding the time and energy to commit to exercising. For them, exercising means long sweaty hours at the gym, engaging in heavy lifting, or contorting  their bodies in highly uncomfortable positions in order to stay fit.

I love to be active, even in my most relaxed mode, so for me exercises that are repetitive and slow-paced are simply exhausting. I’d pick a Zumba workout over sitting cross-legged on the floor and repeating “ohms” any day of the week. Regardless of your preference, there are countless benefits that can be achieved through exercise, including:

  • Weight control

Engaging in regular exercise helps you control your weight. Whether you are looking to shed a few pounds or want to maintain your ideal weight, you can achieve your weight goals through the right kind of exercise done with the right techniques.

  • Improved health condition and combating diseases

Exercise can help fight high blood pressure and heart disease, both of which can take years off of your life. When you engage in exercise, your blood circulation increases, which in turn lowers your risk of cardiovascular diseases. Other health problems which can be improved by exercise include depression, stroke, arthritis—the list is endless.

  • Improved mood

With exercise, you can blow off steam when you need to. Exercise stimulates the release of chemicals in the brain that leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. Exercise helps to raise confidence levels, improve your mood, and boost self-esteem.

  • Energy and endurance boosters

Engaging in regular physical activity can do a lot to improve your fitness levels. A higher level of energy and endurance is a huge benefit of a consistent exercise regime. Your heart, lungs, and muscles are exposed to more oxygen when you exercise, making them function more effectively.

What is the one way to achieve all these benefits of exercising without feeling like you are engaging in, well, exercise?

As I stated earlier, dancing is my go-to type of exercise. Dancing is food for the soul that has the potential to deliver a significant amount of health benefits when done right. And you don’t have to be a dance master to enjoy the beauty of dance—all that’s required is for you to get up and get moving.

Brain health experts will tell you that a healthy body equals a healthy mind. As we dance, our minds relax, finding an escape from constant thoughts, sorrows, worries, and pains. As we dance, we create a feeling of harmony in our bodies and souls.

Mental and emotional benefits of dancing

Even if you have two left feet, you can still reap the bountiful mental and emotional benefits that come with dancing. Dancing improves brain functions in more ways than one. For example, the brain is positively challenged when you learn to dance. New movements are connected by our brains to the music, which helps us remember them.

In regular dancing, say at a party or even at the club, a person’s emotional state gets improved. The act of dancing itself, coupled with the setting and the presence of friends all help to reduce stress and strengthen social bonds.

Dancing can also help in alleviating depression. Dancing for just 15 minutes can help you to feel happier and more energized because of the strong doses of endorphins that are released.

Physical benefits of dancing

Anyone who has taken the time to study dancers doing their thing would understand the level of physical demand dancing places on the body. Dancing is an exercise that requires immense amounts of strength and coordination. Even if you do not indulge in rigorous professional dancing, you can hardly engage in a bit of dancing without raising your heart rate even the slightest bit.

Improving your overall cardiovascular health and strengthening your muscles can be achieved through dancing. Incorporating dance styles such as jazz, hip hop, and tap dance into your daily routine can improve your health in the most interesting way.

If you’re a dance newbie, line dancing is a great way to get in a workout. The movements are repetitive and easy to follow. Zumba is also a good dance to burn calories while having fun. The intense pace can help you burn more than 250 calories in 30 minutes. Pole dancing increases your upper-body strength. You can fix a pole in your bedroom to make this workout accessible. No professional training is required either, simply grab the pole and get twirling. If you want to simply relieve stress, then no specific dance style needed. Just turn up the volume on your favorite song and get moving! Who says exercise can’t be fun?

Author bio :

James Cummings is an experienced senior manager who has delivered staffing solutions to global brands, interfaced at board level with FTSE100 companies and managed multiple simultaneous digital projects, with an agile framework, through their full lifecycles.

He is currently overseeing the expansion of a 50+ staff writing agency with offices in the UK and US; with the goal of hitting 250 staff in the next 18-months. A multi-faceted project management role; software project management; content project management; recruitment and team management, and SEO management.

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