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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

FROM THE CARIOCA TO HIP-HOP, JUST DANCE, DANCE, DANCE!

by Jim McAllister

A few months ago in this space, I talked about the benefits of running and how it helped me toward fitness starting in the mid 1970's. It worked for me but I realized then and I realize now that running is not for everyone. Some people consider it boring to go out and take in a run, some feel that it is bad for the joints, and others think that exercise is just plain silly regardless of what you do. As for me, nothing matched the exhilaration of the "runner’s high." One thing for certain; being overweight is a terrible drain on your health and running will alleviate that problem. For those who hate the idea of running there is another way to achieve fitness that may be more attractive to you: dancing.
Since the beginning of time, dancing and moving to some type of sound or music has been a natural activity for human beings. Physical activity is important to mental and physical health and dancing can provide that activity.
The latest studies recommend that a person should do some type of exercise for thirty minutes at a time about five times a week. This can include walking, running, riding a stationary bike, or some type of dancing. Even slow dancing provides about the same amount of exercise as walking. This type of exercise gets your heart pumping faster and warms you up reducing the risk of heart disease and helping lower blood pressure and the risk of diabetes.

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