Are you looking for a fun and exciting form of exercise that keeps you motivated? Are you tired of going to the gym and using the same equipment week after week? Are you tired of doing the same exercise over and over again? If you’re sick of your exercise routine feeling like a chore, dance classes could be the perfect resolution to your problem. Dancing is great for fitness! Whether you’re interested in contemporary dance, Bollywood dancing, commercial dance or salsa, dancing can be one of the best ways to stay fit. Dancing regularly can help you lose weight, strengthen and tone your muscles and can dramatically improve your posture.
Dancing is great for fitness because it’s a form of cardiovascular exercise. When dancing, your body is constantly moving which causes your heart-rate to elevate. Of course, the higher the intensity of the dance, the better for your heart. Another fantastic benefit of taking dance classes is that they can be a great way to tone up. Many dance moves focus on isolating specific body parts and target specific muscles, which will tone the muscles over time. For example, certain ballet moves are great for targeting the glutes, hamstrings and thighs. These moves include pliés, grande jetés and arabesques. Contemporary dance can also be a great style of dance to try.
If you’re worried about excess weight gain, dancing frequently is a great way to burn calories and lose weight. A person that weighs 125 lb can burn over 300 calories per hour doing fast-paced dancing such as commercial dance and street dance. Dancing that involves less movement such as line dancing, will burn far fewer calories. So if you’re thinking about signing up for a dance class, make sure that it’s a style of dance that requires lots of movement and will make you work up a sweat.
One of the best things about dance classes is that while you’re having fun, moving to music and meeting new people, you’re getting all the health benefits of a good workout. So why not give it a try? You will be amazed by the results. Firstly, find a dance class that suits your needs and expectations. Ideally, you should start with a beginners class, so that you don’t feel overwhelmed and get put off. Of course, if you have some great dancing skills and feel that you would work well in a more advanced class, go ahead and challenge yourself.
– Shadia Ashiru