I have found over the years that not all fitness activities are created equal. Although many trainers, coaches, and instructors will tell you that what they are teaching is great for all athletes, you’ll find, after a while, that they are not telling you the truth.
Don’t get me wrong. Getting some form of exercise is (in most cases) better than not getting anything. So if what you’re doing is different from the list I have below, and it inspires you to work out, do it.
If, however, you need something to complement your current dance schedule, or you want something to supplement your fitness without adding more dance (that’s just crazy!), then I have list below for you. I’ve also added an abridged reason why. Before adding or adjusting your exercise routine, you should always consult your medical professional, individually, and ALWAYS do your own research on the teacher and discipline that you plan to start.
Pilates: Pilates consists of low-impact movements that primarily target the abdomen, lower back, hip and thigh muscles. In many ways it resembles calisthenics such as sit-ups and pushups, but the movements are generally more dynamic and flexible in nature. Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/433422-what-is-the-purpose-of-pilates/#ixzz291tI4Bgy
Cardio Kickboxing: Weight loss, coordination, strength building, and self-defense are some of its benefits. Punches made with precision and power in kickboxing help to build upper- and lower-body muscles. The hamstrings become stronger as you master the art of kicking properly. Abdominal muscles are strengthened from the various positions required to perform many of the moves. Core strength is improved as you balance to perform the routines. Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/135659-benefits-cardio-kickboxing/#ixzz291vBAgy3
Swimming: Swimming offers something no other aerobic exercise does: the ability to work your body without harsh impact to your skeletal system. This means that the pool provides an ideal place to work stiff muscles and sore joints, especially if you’re overweight or suffer from arthritis. In its recommendation for the right types of exercise for people with arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation suggests those that stretch muscles, those that strengthen muscles, and those that provide an aerobic workout. A few laps in the pool combine all three! Read more: http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/aging/retirement/10-health-benefits-of-swimming1.htm
Cycling: Cycling is good for your heart: Cycling is associated with improved cardiovascular fitness, as well as a decrease in the risk of coronary heart disease. Read more: http://dsc.discovery.com/adventure/the-top-7-health-benefits-of-cycling.html
Rock Climbing: Climbers will quickly begin to develop arm, back, finger, and core strength as a result of the many reaches and holds that are repeated over and over through the completion of one climb. Climbers are successful with more difficult ascents only after working to improve the strength and endurance of their calves, shoulders, and core; their agility; strength-to-weight ratio; and flexibility in hips and hamstrings. Read more: http://www.alive.com/articles/view/20163/rock_climbing
I do not, personally, recommend most schools of Yoga nor do I recommend running, basketball, tennis, skiing, contact sports, or thrill seeking sports. But, like I said, it’s better than watching TV and eating ice cream.