Dancing for Fitness – Part 1

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We all know that any form of physical exercise is good for the body, but why not have fun whilst you are doing it? Dancing is a great way to keep fit, and it is also tremendous fun that can be done either by yourself at home listening to your iPod, or together with friends. […]

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Dancing for Fitness – Part 1

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We all know that any form of physical exercise is good for the body, but why not have fun whilst you are doing it? Dancing is a great way to keep fit, and it is also tremendous fun that can be done either by yourself at home listening to your iPod, or together with friends. You don’t need to join an expensive gym or pay for a treadmill, try doing something that you enjoy, and that way you will...

We all know that any form of physical exercise is good for the body, but why not have fun whilst you are doing it? Dancing is a great way to keep fit, and it is also tremendous fun that can be done either by yourself at home listening to your iPod, or together with friends. You don’t need to join an expensive gym or pay for a treadmill, try doing something that you enjoy, and that way you will probably stick to it. Dancing suits all ages from tango to ballet, and you don’t need any special equipment to do it. So, grab a partner as we look at some great dances that will keep you fit and offer great entertainment.

Ballet

The purest and most demanding of a dance is ballet, there are now new classes that are called fusion ballet, where ballet meets fitness, and barre classes have become popular just about everywhere. Ballet will use muscles you never dreamed you had, so expect to be a tad sore after your first few lessons. Ballet skills will be used developing your core body strength which will eventually lead to a perfectly toned but not muscular body. Ballet is also terrific for developing posture, it will stretch muscles, and firm up your bum, thighs and legs. For this type of dancing it is better to attend proper classes with a qualified instructor.

Swing Dance

Swing Dance

Swing dancing is a great workout that does not even feel like you are working out. Swing dance is a great place to start if you are pretty unfit and you can do it by yourself or with a partner. There are many new swing clubs starting up to teach classes and generally have a great time. You will learn the Lindy Hop and the Charleston and an hour class can burn as much as three hundred calories. Be warned swing dancing can be really addictive, and you are bound to meet new friends and perhaps even enter into competitions.

Belly Dancing

If you want to tone up your middle section then belly dancing is the ideal pastime to take up and it can be a great deal of fun. This form of dancing will give you the perfect workout for your abdominal muscles and your core body muscles. Belly dancing is flirtatious and real fun, and it also will release endorphins which will make you feel a whole lot better and improve your mood. The movements are slow so belly dancing is great for starters, older people or even pregnant women. Belly dancing has also been linked to reducing chronic shoulder and back pain and so is an all over winner.

These dances offer something for everybody, and you don’t have to be super fit to get started. One thing is for certain that you will have heaps of fun during your workout. In part two of dancing to stay healthy we look at even more dances that can really be good for your body and overall health. Zumba, tap dancing and salsa have all hit the streets and studios as great forms of keeping fit, meeting people and generally having fun.