Ok hear me out…when we talk about what exercise we do, it very often involves a bit of planning…getting your gym gear on, going out of the house, planning a route, booking a court, paying for a class but here is the easiest (and one of the most fun) of all. It makes me smile just thinking about it.
It’s only in the last few years that I have really started to understand the balance between food and exercise. I used to give myself a lot of food treats and justify it with a swim, run or work out class but really, food has to be the first thing to tackle as it makes the most difference to weight, fitness and over all health. I would say for me I hold the importance at about 75/25 in food vs exercise. Having said that, that little 25% should not be forgotten. It’s so good to get that body moving, and working hard. It does wonders for your fitness and is all part of disease prevention.
I think the exercise you do is about what keeps it fun and enjoyable whilst including a good mixture of aerobic, strength and stretching (or ASS ha ha) . I’ve recently started yoga which is doing wonders for my back (mine can be a bit niggly) along with running and dancing. This newest edition to my fitness, is maybe the most fun…
The concept is very simple… find your favourite party song (mine is currently Galantis – Peanut Butter Jelly) and a bit of space at home, turn it up loud enough that you don’t notice anything else, do some stretches as you set it up, then when the music hits…JUMP! This is about enjoying the music, basing your movement on jumping and dancing round the room like noone is watching. I sometimes do it when my husband is around which usually makes me laugh more as my mission is to make him laugh with my ridiculous moves. It sounds silly but the combination of your favourite tune and jumping like a crazy person gets you positively euphoric with all the endorphins rushing through your body. The very cool thing also is that you never have any concept of how out of breath you are until the music stops!
You too could look this ridiculous! mine turned into more of a garden dance party which I’m sure entertained the neighbours no end! 😉
…now here is a bit of science
Jumping has some great health benefits. It is especially good for the lymphatic system. This is the network in your body that contains Lymph fluid that carries nutrients to and waste from every cell in your body. The system only flows one way and relies on your body moving to push the fluid around your body. As we are (hopefully) taller than we are wide and the lymph vessels run vertically down our body, the effect of jumping is fantastic at pumping the lymph system.
Jumping and dancing firms every muscle in your body, helps you lose weight and is great for the core as you have to constantly rebalance. The varied movements mean your body is switching between the different energy systems throughout ( depending on how long you work for). You get an aerobic effect for your heart, strengthening of muscles, bones, connective tissue and organs in general. I have also found it a great stress buster!
If your dance parties get a bit more full on I would suggest trainers to lower the impact on your joints. Or the next step which would be getting on a trampoline for a fantastic lymphatic work out (called rebounding, If you would like to know a bit more about rebounding…this guy ( Chris Wark) used it as part of a plan which was predominantly about flooding his body with as many nutrients as possible, which helped him beat cancer without chemotherepy. He really knows his stuff and explains a little more on the science of the lymphatic system)
Ready? steady? dance!