Exercise is so important to your overall health and wellbeing. Again, you’ve probably heard that a million times, so I’ll quickly tell you why it’s important then jump to the good stuff about finding a fun workout that YOU will enjoy.
Why is exercise important?
- Improve your mood
- Boost your energy
- Help you sleep better
- Enhance your sex life
- Combat health conditions and diseases
- Control your weight
- Put some fun into your life!
Why wouldn’t you want to workout after reading these amazing exercise benefits?
Well, some people hear these benefits and go running to a nearby gym to sign up for a membership because who wouldn’t want to experience the wonders of working out?
Sadly, the majority of the people who do this stop going to the gym after a couple of weeks. Why? Because they aren’t doing something they enjoy. They come to the conclusion that they hate working out and will never do it again.
Find something that you like and move!
Like to dance?
Dancing is a great way to get fit, and it’s fun.
A dance to try
Zumba is an aerobic dance class set to South American beats. It is safe for a range of ages and fitness levels because the steps can be modified so that it’s very low-impact.
- Calorie burn
- More stamina
- Increased bone density
- Improved balance and muscle tone
- Less body fat
- Lower blood pressure
Sign up for a dance class like Zumba, or do your own dance routine. Just get moving! You’ll feel great afterwards.
Go for a swim
Yes, this might involve going to a gym or having your own personal pool, but it definitely doesn’t have to.
Swim in a lake during the summer, or in an ocean when you’re on vacation. It can be a lot of fun if your friends or family members join you. It can also be relaxing if you decide to go out for a dip, solo. Oh, and when the waves get crazy in the ocean, that’s when you’ll get a real workout. Just be careful because it can get pretty dangerous out there. You can also get a great tan!
Swimming has loads of benefits that will leave you feeling happy and healthy.
Swimming offers something no other aerobic exercise does: the ability to work your body without harsh impact to your skeletal system. –Michael Franco, Discovery Fit & Health
When you swim, you have the ability to do more with less. The human body becomes much lighter when it’s submerged in water. When you’re swimming with the water all the way to your neck, you only have to bear about 10 percent of your own weight.
Swimming will most definitely lead to results, such as:
- Increased muscle tone and strength
- Improved flexibility
- Weight loss/weight control
- Improved asthma symptoms
- Improved cholesterol
- Lower risk of diabetes
- Lower stress, higher spirits (endorphins)
- Can make you live longer
Have some built up aggression you want to relieve?
Try a kickboxing class
Kickboxing targets your arms, shoulders, abs, thighs and butt in one workout.
Kickboxing classes can differ slightly, but most involve learning basic fighting skills that will give you an incredible workout at the same time. (Trust me, it is so much fun!)
The kickboxing class I do is called Max-Fit (located in Jamestown, NY at Gaffar Adam’s Karate Academy and Fitness Center). We usually start out by jumping rope (cardio). We also do many exercises that target our abs, as well as push-ups and other activities. During the second half of the class, we learn punching and kicking techniques and combinations and apply what we learned on striking mats or punching bags.
If you really put effort into it, it’s an intense workout! Each class is different, and that’s why I love it. You really get a full-body work out.
Kickboxing is a personal favorite, along with the elliptical and a quick sprint on the track!
Still not satisfied with the whole working out thing?
Only you know what you like. Get moving, and do what you enjoy.
Have any suggestions about workouts you like that others may want to try? Feel free to suggest. I’d love to try it out!