We could all use a little more exercise: recent studies indicate that more than 30% of adults in the United States could be classified as obese. While it can be difficult to start exercising if your lifestyle is more sedentary, health experts recommend that we should all perform some form of aerobic exercise at least three times per week. There are so many ways to get back into shape: starting with diet and segueing into a regular exercise routine is important for adults of any age or weight. What many people do not realize is that dancing can be one of the healthiest activities for your heart – and for long-term weight loss.
If you’ve been sedentary for a while, you might want to start slowly with any new exercise routine. You can start by taking a five minute walk around the block, and every week add a little bit more distance. If you want, carry some light hand weights with you as you stroll: the added weight provides resistance, which helps you build muscle. Health experts advise to avoid weighing yourself every day. You will be building muscle during your workouts, and you could gain weight while losing inches. Focus instead on how well your clothing fits and how good you feel. If you push a bit too hard during a workout, it’s okay to stop for a breather. Make sure that you are drinking enough water: hydration is an issue for all athletes.
Even if you don’t consider yourself an athlete, try to imagine how they would approach physical fitness. Exercise is most effective when you’re having fun, staying properly hydrated, and pushing yourself past your limits. Many cable television companies offer their customers a range of exercise shows that people can do at home: not everyone wants to travel to a gym and exercise in front of other people. There are fitness and dance classes available in most towns: you could learn tap dancing, ballet, square dancing, or even pole dancing for fitness. There is actually a movement to include pole dancing in the Olympics: pole dancing is an art form that has been practiced around the world for thousands of years.
Pole dancing lessons can be rigorous and acrobatic. People may be surprised to learn that the art of pole dancing can incorporate modern dance and can also burn calories at a higher rate than spin class. Pole dancing lessons could help you build muscle and increase flexibility. It is often included in “bachelorette party ideas” lists, and taking pole dancing lessons with friends can help keep you committed to exercising. Search for local classes in your hometown by going onto the internet and typing “pole fitness Dallas” or “pole dancing classes Dallas TX.” You should be able to find a variety of dance classes in your local area. If you would rather try tap dancing or hip hop, you should be able to find local classes for those styles of dance as well.
Too often, we stop ourselves before we get started. We think that we can’t do new things, but the reality is just that we haven’t learned how to do it yet. Taking fitness classes, dance classes, or even pole dancing lessons can make exercise fun. Some people prefer to exercise alone, while others gain energy from learning new dance routines in a group. If you’re thinking about starting a new exercise routine, consider your learning style: what would make you feel more comfortable, exercising alone or with your friends? Sometimes, having “workout buddies” can help you achieve your goals. If you’re self-conscious about exercising in front of people, then stick to your living room for the time being: there’s nothing wrong with wanting to exercise alone for a while. The important thing is to exercise, to shift to a healthier diet, and to engage in activities that you find rewarding.