Add Dancing to Your Fitness Routine
Have you ever considered dancing for fitness? It feels good to get into a fitness routine. However, while it takes a good deal of hard work and discipline to establish fitness as a habit, it takes very little to unravel it all. One of the best ways to make sure you stick to your fitness regimen is by spicing things up with something that is also fun to do. Changing up your usual habits with new activities and fitness opportunities allow you to keep exercising without burning out or losing your steam. One great way of spicing up your routine is one you may not have thought of – dancing.
Benefits of Dancing for Fitness
Its' been written that “dancing is the poetry of the foot.” The advantage of dancing is that you can do it anytime, anywhere, and it’s a great way to burn calories and get your heart pumping. Best of all, anyone can dance. The main component to doing it successfully is simple; let go of any self-consciousness. This is easier said than done, but remember, the point of dancing is to exercise and have a good time. So as long as you’re having fun, keep it up. Not convinced dancing is the way to go? Let us point out a few advantages of adding dancing to your fitness routine. Dancing will –
- Burn Calories – Because dancing moves your whole body, it’s a fantastic way to burn calories. You can get your cardio in without even feeling like you’re working out! The best dance moves will burn calories but if you can move your arms around as much as possible at the same time, you’ll get an even better burn.
- Improve Heart Health – A study found that individuals with heart conditions who danced for at least 20 minutes three times a week saw serious improvement in their heart health.
- Make Your Body Stronger – According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the constant movement of dancing can strengthen your bones, which will help you in the aging process. Additionally, dancing naturally builds muscle and tones your body. That’s one reason dancers are often very fit and attractive.
- Improve Your Mood – It has been proven time and again that regular exercise does wonders for mental health. Dancing releases mood-improving chemicals like serotonin and dopamine which will keep you energized and feeling good all day long. Plus, studies have shown that dancing with others leads to more social bonds and less stress. It’s a win-win-win!
- Make Friends – Dancing as part of a club or dance group is a great way to socialize, make new connections, and meet new friends. Humans naturally have a need to socialize and your dance class can be just the push you need to get you out of the house.
- Boost Your Brain – Dancing is unique in that it requires significantly more coordination and concentration than other forms of cardio. Dancing improves your hand-eye coordination, your memory and your focus, ultimately helping to preserve your brain and helping to stave off diseases such as dementia.
What Dances Should You Try?
It can be intimidating for a beginner to start dancing. But put your hesitation away and get ready to boogey down. If you aren’t sure what type of dance to try, never fear. Here’s a short list of a few of the best.
- Zumba – A very popular choice, Zumba is a Latin-inspired aerobic workout. If you enjoy upbeat, spicy music and getting your blood pumping, this one’s for you!
- Belly Dancing – Trying to zap some of those hard to reach problem points, such as belly fat and love handles? Belly dancing is a great pick for you. Belly dancing is a fantastic way to lose weight while improving flexibility and self-confidence. It’s a great stress-reliever and can help you tone your entire body.
- Hip Hop – Hip hop classes are very high energy, making them great calories burners! You’ll rock out to modern beats while learning contemporary moves you can pull out anywhere from the studio to the club floor. You’ll strengthen hips and knees, get a killer workout and make new friends in a hip hop class, which are often conducted in large groups.
- Your Own Style – Dancing is not limited to classes and gyms. Even dancing around your house can help boost your mood and burn some calories to boot. Don’t be afraid to just bust a move as part of your daily fitness routine. Put on some good music and let go of your worries for a bit. Pop in a dance DVD and follow along. Additionally, there are many free dance lessons and workouts on YouTube and other websites.
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