As a middle-aged man, most of my exercise routines are centered on improving my cardiovascular health. On a daily basis, I hit the treadmill and speed walk for about one hour and a half. Twice a week, I play basketball with some of my buddies from work. On the weekends, I bring my kid to a park or a beach and play with him for hours on end. And when I’m home on a Sunday and I’ve got nothing better to do, I put on some dance music and dance to my heart’s content. I was a pretty good hip-hop dancer in high school and in college, and I’m not about to let my age get in the way.

For me, dancing is the best cardio workout. Jogging or walking can be really monotonous. Playing basketball with much younger guys is extremely exhausting, not to mention the fact that it puts a lot of strain on my forty year-old ankles and knees. Dancing, on the other hand, can be so much fun. I don’t even have to jump around or anything. I just move to the beat, with my feet following every little move. A little shrug of the shoulders, some fancy footwork, and a little shake of my hips, and I’m having the most fun cardio workout ever. Even my kid dances along, so what more can I ask for?