Monday, April 8, 2013

It's Monday! It's Zumba

It's Monday! It's Zumba Fitness Day!

Have you heard of exercise being great not only to control weight; combat stress and depression; tone muscles and boost endurance; promote better sleep; treat or relieve pain; prevent heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, and other health problems; but also to maintain healthy skin?

Exercise helps increase blood flow thereby nourishing skin cells. Blood carries oxygen and other nutrients to the body’s cells and helps remove waste products that include free radicals from those cells. We have talked about the skin being the largest elimination organ. In case of exercise, cellular debris is flushed out of the body via the skin. In other words, exercise helps cleanse our skin from the inside out. I have also discussed how insulin can cause inflammation and trigger acne breakouts in a previous article. By exercising, normal blood glucose levels can be maintained which correlates with achieving clear healthy skin.  

Just make sure to shower before and after exercise to prevent clogged pores that can lead to acne breakouts. Avoid wearing makeup but apply moisturizer to your skin after shower. To prevent excessive sweating or perspiration that can result in skin irritation, try to exercise in a cool environment and wear moisture-wicking workout clothing. Wear sunscreen if working out outdoors and remember that it’s extremely important to hydrate yourself by drinking a lot of water throughout your exercise routine.

Find an exercise program that suits you well and talk to your doctor before starting a program if you have health concerns. 

Zumba is an exhilarating, highly energetic, calorie-burning dance and aerobic fitness program led by an instructor and is performed to international music including Latin, hip hop, and even Bollywood music. It has become a very popular fitness program with millions of people joining in the party worldwide. This program is a great way to become fit and toned and is highly recommended for those who want to have a real blast while exercising. It really is like partying with the added benefits of getting in great shape.

Yoga is a stress-relieving, disciplined method performed on a mat that focuses on learning physical poses, breathing techniques, meditation and relaxation. It is known as an effective complementary intervention for various medical conditions including cancer, asthma, heart disease, musculoskeletal problems, and mental illness. If you like to relax and meditate and at the same time develop flexibility, strength and balance, yoga may be for you. 

Pilates is a program that helps build flexibility, muscle strength, endurance, coordination and balance. It involves the use of either an exercise mat or a variety of equipment. By practicing Pilates regularly, a sleek, toned body with slender thighs and a flat abdomen can be yours. It is increasingly becoming popular with millions of participants all over the world. 

Aerobics is similar to Zumba that can be done with or without music and focuses on stretching and strength training routines. Participants perform different dance-like routines of varying levels of intensity and complexity. While performing an aerobic activity, the heart beats faster which in turn increases blood flow to the muscles and then back to the lungs. Endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, are released resulting in an increased sense of well being.

There are other exercise programs that are available to everyone. Depending on your goals, getting at least thirty minutes of physical activity through exercise 3 to 5 times a week is recommended to maximize its benefits. As you progress your exercise routine, try to work harder and longer than your normal comfort zone. And remember, doing it regularly is key to enjoying those benefits.    
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