Dance: A Fun Way to Get Fit

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We all know that exercise is a key factor in the healthy lifestyle equation. And a healthy lifestyle can help you save money on your term life insurance policy. But working out is not everyone’s favorite pastime. Luckily there are plenty of fun alternatives to the gym. Take dancing, for instance. You can burn 500 to 1,000 calories an hour without setting foot on a treadmill. Below are some different dance styles to get you moving.

Belly Dancing

Belly dancing has a reputation for theatrics and seduction, but its rhythmic isolations of the hips, abdomen, chest, shoulders, arms and back make for a surprisingly low-impact workout. The graceful hip drops, rolls, and pivots of this dance form utilize muscle groups in the abdomen, pelvis, trunk, spine, and neck, working with the body instead of against it. Unlike ballet, which can potentially alter and deform the skeleton, or other dance forms that work against rather than with the body’s physical inclinations, belly dancing is based on movements that come naturally to the human body. ┬áIts use of all core muscles with minimal effort on the joints makes it perfect for people of all ages or those who have had sports-related injuries. Look for a class at local gyms or dance studios.

Zumba

If you have been paying attention to the latest in fitness trends, you may have heard of Zumba. This Latin-inspired dance workout combines high-energy choreography with toning sequences, making this dance ideal for both dropping pounds and giving the muscles in your legs and gluteus some serious definition. It’s a great form of cardio and a good way to achieve that lean dancer’s physique. Gyms and dance studios around the country offer Zumba classes. For those who enjoy at home workouts, Zumba videogames are available for Nintendo Wii, Xbox, and PlayStation.

Salsa

Liven up your fitness routine with some Latin flare, and you’re sure to pick up newfound strength and stamina. Quickstep sequences sculpt your legs and backside and holding the dance postures strengthens your upper body. Resistance against your dance partner deepens muscle tone, and the fast rhythms keep you on your toes. You burn a ton of calories each class because it is a very energetic and lively dance. Salsa classes can be found at dance studios near you.

Ballroom

For many couples looking to get fit, the dance floor offers an exhilarating alternative to the drudgery of the gym. It is a great way for anyone to get fit, no matter your age, shape or size. In addition to being an excellent cardio workout, ballroom dancing is full of twists, turns and angled postures that improve your balance and firm up your core. Group classes can be found at dance studios and community centers.

Dancing is a fun way to get in a great workout. All of the above dances are great ways to get your heart rate up, but the great thing about dance is you don’t have to learn how to do it in a studio. All you need is some music and a little bit of rhythm (rhythm optional), and you are on your way to shedding pounds. You can shake your groove thing at a dance party, stroll on down to a local salsa club or get down to your favorite tune in the privacy of your home. The possibilities are endless. As long as you’re moving, you’re improving.

Do you get your exercise in a fun or interesting way? We’d love to hear about it in the comment box below!

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