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A New Workout

Updated on September 7, 2017

If you have been paying attention at all during the last several years then you know that everyone and his mom is proclaiming the benefits of getting regular exercise. They will all tell you how much better it makes them feel, and how their body looks better. There are so many varieties of workout to choose from that it can be intimidating. Just to list a few programs off the top of my head: P90x, Insanity, Zumba, Sinning, Yoga, Hot Yoga, etc.

I'm sure you will also hear stories about how the better physique brought about a confidence that made these athletes have more success with attracting members of the opposite sex.

What is rarely talked about is how boring and painful it can be to workout. So often the workout only consists of lifting weights to target specific muscles and muscle groups or running on a treadmill in hopes to build up some cardio. If you are like me then you quickly tire of programs like these. There is not much that is worse than running on a treadmill getting nowhere fast. I have never particularly enjoyed running, but I did it because I saw that it was a good way to build up endurance and stamina so that I could play other sports.

No matter how badly I wanted to do the other sport if it meant that I had to run on a treadmill, I would see what kinds of accomadations could be made so that I didn't have to get on that machine. The loud whirring of the motor, the thumping of feet on the belt and the fact that no matter how fast I ran there was never a change in the scenery have all led me to resist getting on a treadmill.

Luckily there is an option that allows you to get your cardio in, some strength training done, and work on your posture. That's right. It's dancing. As an engineering student I know that we have a tendency to avoid things like dancing, but over the years I have gotten to where I really like it. Unlike a traditional workout when dancing you never have the same experience twice. You might dance with different partners, dance to different songs or experiment with some new move that you just learned.

These are all ways that YOU can change up the workout that you are doing, and you aren't at the mercy of your trainer telling you exactly what to do. Instead you are able to flow freely with the music. In addition, it is a great way to meet new people and get a chance to know them a little bit, even if it is only for the duration of one song.

I am not saying that I am the best dancer in the world, but I have gotten to where I don't step on the lady's foot with whom I am dancing (very often). Like workiing out if you want to get better, then you can work with a coach or take lessons, and you will notice drastic improvement in the level of your skills.

-God Bless
Christopher Benner

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