Any physical activity, even if it is done for a short time (10 minutes here, 15 minutes there) is worth its weight in gold. And the more you enjoy your workouts, the more likely you are to prolong them.
Here are the best physical activities for your health that will get you moving without having to count reps or look at your watch every five minutes. In the list, you will probably find an exercise that you are already performing or that you could start tomorrow – if not today.
Dancing is one of the best physical activities for your health
Dance now! It’s fun, you don’t need any special equipment, and you burn almost as many calories as you do while jogging. You’re alone at home? Put your favorite CD in the player and go wild as much as you want. If the idea of dancing alone turns you off, join a social club or dance school. It’s a great way to combine business with pleasure.
The health advantage of dance: it increases bone density. According to a recent study in Austria, in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis who danced three times a week, the spine was denser. The elegant movements of the ballet give strength. Salsa, tap dancing, and swing, more lively dances, are excellent aerobic exercises; belly dancing slims the waist.
Cross-country skiing is great for your health
There is no better physical activity for your health than cross-country skiing. This endurance sport first appeared around 5,000 years ago when people living in an area that has become since Scandinavia attached flat bones of large animals to their shoes with leather ties.
The technique is hardly more complicated than it was then, although the equipment has evolved a lot. Cross-country skiers now have fiberglass, wood, or plastic boards. In powder snow, they slide, and they skate over icy or groomed parts, or on wet snow.
Cross-country skiing is one of the few activities that simultaneously involves the major muscle groups in the upper and lower body. You get great aerobic benefits and burn a lot of calories. In addition, unlike alpine skiing, it does not require much of the joints.
Golf, physical activity to maintain health
The Royal Canadian Golf Association estimates that there are 5.2 million golfers in Canada – and that number is growing. Many say that 18 holes are enough to keep them in shape. What is it?
Answer: it depends! You do the typical golf movement, the swing, at least 70 times on an 18-hole course; however, the real benefit of golf comes from the distance covered on foot. If you use a cart to get from one hole to another, you are depriving yourself of the real strengths of golf. How much physical effort does it take to turn a steering wheel?
Martial arts: more than self-defense
If aerobic exercise classes aren’t your thing, try your hand at Tae-Bo and kick-boxing – inspired by martial arts. Nothing exercises the cardiovascular system like an hour of energy-charged, non-contact movement.
Do you have more classic tastes? Think of the ancient martial arts: judo, aikido, jujitsu, karate, or kung fu. All of these aerobic exercises engage the whole body and promote balance and coordination.
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