If you only understand one thing from this article, please understand this:
Any exercise/activity/movement, if not specifically and appropriately compensated for, will first produce progress, then eventually diminishing returns, then plateau, and finally regression leading into aches, pains, injuries, and even psychological illness.
This is precisely the reason why a comprehensive movement practice - not simply exercise - with an appropriate level of diversity, complexity, and intelligently planned compensatory movement patterns is the key to longevity within our modern, westernized standard of living. Skillz Movement is an example of such a movement practice.
Any activity, regardless of whether it is done deliberately or not, if done repeatedly without appropriate compensations to restore balance throughout the body, will lead to problems. There is no exception. It doesn't matter whether you sit at a desk all day or play professional basketball, whether you practice ballet or Brazilian Jujitsu - chronic pain and injuries do not happen overnight. They accumulate from using your body too much in the same ways, repeatedly over time, without adequate compensatory movement to restore equilibrium.
Dancers may take longer to experience problems than football players, who may in turn take longer to experience problems than baseball pitchers or sedentary folks. It's because generally speaking, the greater the number of movement patterns that an individual develops and uses regularly, the greater the chance they'll be offsetting the effects of other patterns, thus avoiding or delaying calcification, scar tissue, loss of neurological complexity and other things that lead to pain. So generally speaking, the more movement the better. But more isn't automatically better, only better is better.
There is no perfect exercise, and more is not better. You can run and workout, eat your vegetables, drink your water, and sleep 12 hours every day of your life. You will start off with progress, but eventually you will reach a point of diminishing return, plateau, and pain/injury which leads to a bleak outlook and reduced quality of life. If, however, you bring a higher level of attention and quality to your exercise/movement practice and to the rest of your lifestyle, then you can enjoy pain-free longevity and adventurous, joyous living!
If you're a doer and not just a talker who values longevity and would find the right guidance helpful, I invite you move with us. At the very least, go learn more about your body, movement, and how taking up a comprehensive movement practice trumps conventional, run-of-the-mill workouts.