Posted on Oct 22, 2016
Posted in: Healthy Lifestyle
Not everyone fits into the treadmill, elliptical, weight lifting world. For those of you that fall into this category or just want to change up your routine, we are going to be writing some posts that focus on thinking outside the gym. Today we are focusing on dance.
We like to focus on healthy lifestyles and activities. This blog has several great posts focusing on exercise, especially running. If you’re a runner, that’s great. We’re happy you found something you enjoy. Others might more accurately describe their running experience by wearing a shirt like this.
Great cardio workout-helps with weight loss, strengthens heart and lungs, increases bone density, better sleep
Increased flexibility-assists with posture, balance and reduces risk of injury during daily activities
Helps gain and maintain a healthy core– strengthens muscles, improves endurance, reduces chance of or helps with back pain, stronger performance in other athletic endeavors
Weight management– for the above listed reasons dance burns calories
Ballroom-Swing, Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot the possibilities are endless. Bonus ballroom dance burns 400 calories an hour
Ballet-Adult ballet is becoming more popular with offerings like Barre classes, focusing on sculpting muscles, posture and balance.
Belly Dance-Shake and shimmy your stress away. Belly dance is more than just shaking your hips. It focuses on precise isolated movements of arms and ribs as well as hips
A little about my own experience. I found my way into dance by chance. I was trying to find a low impact exercise to improve my flexibility and maybe burn some calories at the same time. My first idea was to enroll into a Pilates or yoga class. Looking at the YMCA class list, these choices conflicted with my schedule. Upon further review there was one class that fit with my availability- belly dance! I had taken Dance Appreciation in college and really enjoyed it. I was a little wary at first but after my first class I was hooked.
Admittedly during the first class I got a little sweaty and thought “This is fun, but not much of a workout.” The next morning when I got out of bed I was proven wrong! I quickly realized that you have several hip and inner thigh muscles that are taken for granted.
Look into local dance studios and see what interests you
If you belong to a gym check out their class lists
Community centers and colleges offer dance workshops
If you’re a little shy to try your moves out in public there are a variety of DVD’s and videos online
Like any exercise routine try a variety and see what speaks to you. If you’re looking to add to your routine or just get started dance is a great avenue. The point is just to get out there and get moving. Again not everyone fits into the gym routine and dance is a great way to think outside the gym.