Dance to Fitness- Part 1


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MOVE, GROOVE…BURN AND LOSE!

It is no secret that that regular exercise is important to good health and longevity. But it can be a challenge to find new ways to exercise, avoid boredom & work a broader variety of muscles.

Sick of the gym? Just dance!

The American Council on Exercise says, dance-based workouts as a growing trend. Plus, you burn about 200 to 400 calories per hour dancing – similar to the calories you burn swimming, cycling or walking. If regularly practiced, dancing can lead to

  • improved strength & stamina
  • sharper balance & coordination
  • increased bone density
  • slower heart rate
  • lower blood pressure
  • improved cholesterol levels
  • boosts your mood, energy level, confidence & self-esteem while it lowers your stress & fatigue;

all signs of improved health & fitness. So if you’re ready to get your dance on (and burn off the fat!), read on for more ways to shape up while shaking your stuff!

Ballroom Dancing:

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  • Full body workout
  • Breeds toned arms, lean legs, chiseled abs & amazing flexibility
  • If regularly practiced, dancing can lead to a slower heart rate, lower blood pressure & improved cholesterol levels, all signs of improved health and fitness.

Ballet:

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  • Increase your flexibility
  • Engages the hips, thighs, back, & abs
  • Gentle enough to practice during pregnancy

High-energy routines like the salsa, samba and cha-cha can be compared to an intense workout at the gym. Plus, because it’s a weight-bearing activity, ballroom dancing builds bone density and works nearly all the muscles of the body and sharpens balance and coordination.

ZUMBA your way to a HOT Bod:

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  • Improves Strength & Stamina
  • Body Sculpting
  • Burns 500 to 800 calories
  • Energising

Hot Workout: Sexy Fitness

Forget treadmills & elliptical machines! From strip-tease aerobics to pole dance fitness, there are some super sexy ways to get slim & build up confidence in your body.

Hit the pole

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  • Build strength
  • Improves balance & flexibility
  • Burn up to 400 calories an hour
  • Moves like backbends, kicks and slides work your abs, thighs, glutes and legs.

Work up a sweat with a Striptease

  • For a low impact exercise
  • Improves Stamina
  • Body Sculpting

Shake & sweat with Belly-dancing

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  • Works your Core & Pelvis Floor muscles
  • Improves Strength & Stamina
  • Improves Flexibility of the Hips & Spine
  • If you’re pregnant, belly dancing is a great way to stay active without hitting the gym – the movements perfect your breathing techniques & work the ab and pelvic muscles crucial for a healthy (and speedier) labor & delivery
  • Belly-dance is also good for joint & bone health

Samba:

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  • Focuses particularly on your torso, legs & gluteal muscles
  • Developing lower body & core strength

Hip Hop:

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Nightclub Cardio Workouts:

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  • General Body workout
  • Improves Stamina

Jazzercise:

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  • Combines Jazz dance, Pilates, yoga, resistance training & kickboxing movements
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Improves strength & endurance
  • Improves flexibility

DIY Dance:

Can’t make it to a studio? Create your own dance floor at home. Turn up the tunes (and close the shades, if you’re so inclined) & just let loose. Jump, skip, twist, turn & wriggle around until you get your heart rate up. And if you have kids, grab them for an impromptu dance party set to their favourite songs. You’ll work up a sweat, &  they’ll love seeing all of mommy’s moves!

If you can get your heart rate going, sweat some and move during dance it is an excellent way to get your metabolic rate motivated and going. Expert fitness instructors will tell you that after a good work-out, our bodies burn more calories for a couple of hours. Now think about the advantage of dancing for fun and burning more calories after you’ve ended your daily routine. Not only will you benefit from dancing but everyone will have fun. You may even become a good dancer in the process of getting fit.

There are many forms of dance from ballet style to hip hop and even tap dancing. Choose what suits you best or combine a couple different styles for your routine. The key is that you are moving & becoming more active & in a fun way. This means you’ll tend to stick with exercise more so than with other forms. You can customize your routine to fit your age & fitness level, too.

GO DANCING!

P.S.: Dance to Fitness- Part 2

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