Dancing For Fitness: Using Dance as a Health and Fitness Routine
Over the last year, I have taken to doing dance routines as part of my health and fitness program. I can report that it is so much fun. I have discovered that dancing is very good for my heart and helps with my balance, coordination, and overall mental health.
I target to burn at least 200 to 250 calories in a 30-minute dancing class. This is the same as a 30-minute cardio workout so why not dance, have fun and stay fit at the same time. This article will outline the benefits and types of dance workouts that can help anyone achieve their healthy body versions.
As a distinct form of cardio, I have been able to attain numerous benefits on my overall health. These include:
-Maintaining my desired body weight
-Better heart health
-Stronger and lean muscles
-Increased strength on bones
-Better balance and coordination
-Relieve stress and anxiety
-I get to sleep better.
-Improved endurance, balance, and coordination.
Over the years, I have learned several ways to use dance as a form of exercise. I mostly dance to my favorite songs. However, there are several choreographed routines and styles to work out. Below are a few of them.
This is a fitness program inspired by ballet. The dance involves high repetitions of workouts which is aimed at increasing endurance. Barre moves are adopted from yoga, pilates, and ballet. These exercises mainly make use of the body weight when they are done at a ballet barre. They are aimed at toning the muscles and, simultaneously, improving the overall strength of the body. Barre technique includes:
Plie is a basic move that engages the upper leg muscles like the quads and the glutes.
-Arabesque Leg Lift
This exercise is inspired by a classic ballet move, which is known as arabesque. It works the same way as the arabesque by toning the glutes and the thigh muscles.
This routine is slightly lower in impact. It improves the stability, flexibility, and endurance of the body. The dance focuses on muscle strength, the core, and postural alignment. The dance is great for toning the muscles. Many moves that are dance inspired by Pilates include:
They work on the thigh muscles, which include the quads and glutes. It is a combination of basic ballet positions with an extra leg movement.
A standard pilates roll up move works on the back and the abs. The workout is very great for building upper body strength and stability.
For a high-energy workout, I use Zumba. It includes aerobics and some dance moves of Latin American descent. Zumba involves a whole body workout which is really fulfilling. The dance has helped me in toning my muscles and improving my overall body endurance and strength. Some of the most effective Zumba dance moves include:
This technique increases the heart rate while working the biceps and hamstrings. It is done with or without weights.
Slides help to work the legs and arms. They also help raise heart rate, which is great for the heart and the lungs.
Step aerobics combines upbeat music with choreographed moves, usually on a slightly raised platform. The dance engages the muscles and keeps the heart pumping. The workout helps to strengthen stability and coordination and in the toning of leg, thigh, and glute muscles. Basic moves for this workout include:
This involves stepping up the raised platform repeatedly. To do a basic right, one must lead with the right foot and vice versa for the left foot.
Dancing for fitness serves two purposes and the same time- fun and exercise. It breaks the monotony of gym workouts. Moreover, the fact that it is enjoyable means you don’t even realize when you have done what would ordinarily be a heavy workout. To make it even more enjoyable, I recommend bringing together a few enthusiasts and doing it as a group.