By Rose Reisman
- Popular shows like "Dancing with Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance" have brought a new life to dance and another way for us to get fit. Choose your style and level of dance and get on with it! Trust me, its actually fun!
Dancing is a great choice of exercise because its fun and you can do it at home. And since you can do it in the privacy of your own home with no one watching, you can go all out and that will deliver the best results.
Dancing is for everyone, from young to small and for any fitness level.
Although dancing is fun, it’s important to make sure you warm up and cool down, so you don’t injure yourself.
Here are the overall benefits of Dancing
• improve your balance,
• improve their posture
• improve mood
• encourage socializing
• improve co-ordination, flexibility and strength
• great for strengthening the lower body
• reduces body fat and improves muscle tone
Each style of dance will teach you and whip you into shape in its own way:
If you haven’t heard of Zumba by now, you may be missing out on hugely popular and fun way of working out.
According to www.zumba.com this new aerobic workout was an accident, like so many brilliant things are and is now a fastest growing fitness craze. It’s a craze and not a fad that millions of people around the world seem to be embracing.
The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Add some Latin flavor and international zest into the mix and you've got a Zumba class!
Its been around since the mid 90’s, but garnered a world and popular appeal only recently. As of July 2009, the Zumba program is being taught at over 50,000 locations in 75 countries, has sold millions of DVDs.
This workout combines aerobics and Latin dancing, while
• toning your body,
• burning fat and
• assisting in weight loss
• increasing energy level
It feels like you are in a club, shaking everything you’ve got, but without alcohol.
What’s more is that anyone can do it. See if your local gym or fitness centre already offers the class.
Over the course of an hour, a Zumba class will span a variety of dance rhythms, like mambo, cha-cha, cumbia, and merengue, with the occasional hip-hop or belly dancing move thrown in. Because instructors are free to put their own stamp on things, you can get a different class in a different studio.
There are dozens more dance routines to choose from -- the rumba, slow fox-trot, square dances, and waltz. Today, people of all ages are often interested in dances associated with particular cultures -- Balinese, German, Irish, Israeli, Latin American, Polish and Russian, for instance.
If you've been apprehensive of going to the gym and pumping iron, dancing to get fit is certainly for you!
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