Health & Fitness

The NW Times Supports Exercise!

One of the most basic elements of living a healthy life is getting an adequate amount of exercise. Proper exercise is unfortunately one of the most ignored factors in a healthy lifestyle, which is one of the main reasons why obesity is becoming such a common problem. The majority of individuals do not get enough exercise to balance their caloric intake, which results in excessive weight gain. To live a truly healthy life, you need to be familiar with the basics of good exercise, as well as how regular exercise can benefit your body.

But, what are the benefits of exercise? Well, they are numerous! Firstly, good quality exercise allows you to Increase your Basal Metabolic Rate (BML). This is one of the best benefits associated with exercise is that over time, you will increase your basal metabolic rate (BMR). Your BMR is defined as the amount of energy you burn while resting. As a general rule, increasing your muscle mass (even by a small amount) causes a subsequent increase in your BMR; this means that you will eventually have higher caloric requirements to satisfy your active lifestyle. This is also a great way to lose extra weight, as your body increases its percentage of lean muscle mass.

Exercise is shown to improve your mood! That’s right, do your family complain you’re always grumpy? Scientific studies have proven that regular exercise promotes a general feeling of well-being. This usually manifests by you feeling much more relaxed and happier during your daily activities. In addition to this, exercise also reduces stress and promotes a positive self-image. As your body begins to display the positive effects of your exercise routine, you will begin to notice that your confidence will increase as well. It’s a proven fact that regular exercise is also one of the best ways to prevent depression.

FitSteps® came to life in 2013 as the result of a collaboration between two of the UK’s most famous ballroom dancers and Britain’s most successful swimmer!

During the long, arduous dance training sessions that are an integral part of Britain’s most successful entertainment show, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, Natalie Lowe, Mark Foster and Ian Waite had a great idea.

FitSteps® is unique. It is the first time that classic Latin and Ballroom dances have been brought together with proven fitness techniques and principles to create not only a programme that can have extraordinarily wide appeal, but one that also has the potential to make a real and lasting impact on the health of the nation.

The important point to note is the distinction between the plethora of dance classes that exist and FitSteps®. FitSteps® is a fitness class, delivered through dance. So, our emphasis is on helping people towards fitness; structuring the classes to deliver real, measurable, fitness results.

The programme is based around twelve of the most popular Latin and Ballroom dances and the first class that we’ve launched has elements of six of these dances – Jive, Cha Cha, Samba, Tango, Waltz and Quickstep.

The dances are broken down into easily learnable sections and each section is capable of being delivered at varying levels of effort, accommodating people of varying levels of fitness. They appeal to all age ranges and classes can be run for mixed age groups with ease. Fitsteps has proven ways to get fit FAST and deliver the most exciting, fun, fabulous fitness experience you’ve ever had. Fitness that’s ‘Strictly’ fun!

Obviously, Weight Management is a huge advantage of taking up exercise. That’s right, weight loss is one of the most common benefits normally associated with regular exercise. However, there are different types of exercise that will affect your level of weight loss. As a general rule, long-term low-intensity cardio is the best way to maintain healthy weight loss over a period of time. More intense cardio exercises are useful for improving your endurance, aiding your cardiovascular health and may sometimes contribute to building muscle mass (depending on the specific type of cardio exercise).

Perhaps you are interested, you see the benefits of exercise and you want to gain them, but you really can’t work up the motivation to head down to that gym and spend an hour lifting weights or hitting that treadmill… That’s OK! Not everyone does enjoy that kind of thing (although many do!) – that doesn’t mean you have to give-up on the idea of optimal fitness; there are alternatives. Why not give Martial Arts, Dance or Outdoor Sports a try? We at the Times want to help you find that perfect way to fitness and for that reason we shall be hand selecting companies that can offer you a fun way to reaching your fitness goals and putting them up on our website – so check back regularly!

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