“All forms of dance fitness share the bonus of combining fun with a great cardio workout. Many of them are also great forms of core exercise – developing strength in those core muscles which are so essential for fighting abdominal flab in our forties and beyond. Dancing combines a cardio workout with load bearing exercise – vital for building bone density and resisting osteoporosis. The fact that you have fun as well increases the flood of endorphins to your body and reduces blood pressure – and makes dance fitness great for all round anti aging health.” – http://www.simplyantiaging.com/1005/cardio-exercise-dance-fitness/.
More and more people are utilizing dance to get fit, and it’s working! Not only is it fun and effective as mentioned above, but it also puts a cultural twist into your workout routine, which can stimulate interest in more than just getting fit. There are different types of dance that are now popularly used to double as exercise. If in Indianapolis, you can go to a different type of class every day of the week! As a matter of fact, Brickhouse Fitness here in Indy offers a wide selection of ‘dancercise’ classes, including the ones listed below and more.
There is hip hop dance that is becoming more and more popular as a mode of exercise. In fact, megastar Beyonce has joined Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign by developing a dance routine that doubles as an exercise routine. Hip Hop dance classes usually consist of music and moves that are current and common. Another form of dance exercise that is similar to Hip Hop but slower paced is Line Dancing, which involves synchronized steps that are often seen at family reunions and wedding receptions. Hip Hop dancing is good for weight loss, while Line Dancing is good for lower intensity exercise.
Salsa dance is usually more uptempo with a lot of foot movement that gets your blood pumping immediately. It is more Latin in nature with appropriate Latin-based music. These classes may include repetitive steps with accompanying arm motions, and distinctive male and female roles. Salsa is great for cardio and coordination.
There is also the sensual Belly Dancing, which originated in the Middle East but has been welcomed into the United States as a beautiful and intriguing custom. Belly Dancing focuses more on the core area and arm motion, but doesn’t negate the necessity of proper poise. This type of dance is great for controlled movements and strengthening of the muscles that are needed for good posture.