Not everyone dances to become a professional dancer. Some take up dance as a hobby while others seek fitness benefits from dance. If you are one of them, here’s something that might be helpful.
Fitness Workouts You Must Try
Being a professional dance artist, fitness has always been my top priority, and after spending over 7 years in the field of dance, I cannot deny that dance is the best activity anyone can practice to stay fit, especially for those who find the regular gym workout monotonous. Unlike the stress of lifting heavy weights and using different types of equipment to perform rigorous reps, dance only needs music to keep you going.
No, you need not be trained in any dance form to enroll in a dance fitness program. If you love music and moving your body to music, that’s all you need to sign up for any dance program. You can find different types of dance fitness programs near you, depending on your fitness goals. While some of the programs focus on aerobic fitness, others help build muscular & core strength. Regardless the main focus of the dance fitness program you choose, don’t forget dance is physically demanding so it is bound to improve your overall fitness. My dancing career has allowed me to learn different styles of dancing, some of which I found to be extremely beneficial in toning my body.
Zumba- Zumba brought a revolution into the fitness world almost 20 years ago, and even today it is a highly recommended form of fun fitness regime for all age groups. It works by incorporating repetitive pattern of movements to be performed on high-energy, rapid music to impart overall fitness. This form of fitness has become so wide-spread that you can easily find a Zumba program near you. When I first stepped into dancing, I used to feel extremely tired and low on energy within an hour of my training session. Thankfully, we had Zumba in our schedule. After taking a couple of Zumba classes I realized how effective it was in increasing my stamina and overall cardiovascular fitness. For me, the up-beat music and variation of dance steps in a Zumba choreography was highly engaging. There’s absolutely never a dull moment in a Zumba session. Besides, my peers who had joined Zumba for the sole purpose of losing weight actually experienced great results with a month of regular Zumba sessions. Once you have learned a Zumba choreography to a particular song, you can easily practice it at your home, however many people experience better results when they practice with a group.
Barre fitness– Barre fitness is a form of fitness that incorporates a variety of ballet exercises and postures that are isometric in nature. By isolating the muscles, ballet helps you build strength by targeting a set of muscles at a time. The variations in the set of exercises keeps you from over-working the same group of muscles, thereby avoiding soreness and pain. Being a technique oriented dance, ballet emphasizes correct posture and alignment of the body, thereby minimizing the risk of injuries. The barre helps in balancing while performing exercises that challenge the range of motion of the muscles.
I was introduced to ballet during my early training years, and practicing it for so long has actually helped me become stronger. Ballet required me to bring my focus to my entire body at the same time. I learned how to keep all other set of muscles engaged while working on only one group of muscles. The rigorous knees bends and balancing on the toes have toned my legs by building my quadriceps and calf muscles. The added benefit of barre fitness for me was the improvement in flexibility I experienced within a couple of months of training.
Aerial Silk: One of the workshop subjects in my training was aerial silk. We were introduced to use a long fabric to wrap around the feet and body in a creative yet structured way to achieve visually creative and graceful positions while being suspended in the air. It was the most challenging form of training for me because it demanded endurance and immense upper body strength along with core strength, which I lacked. Gradually, my body got used to responding to the added effect of gravitational pull while performing silk and I started enjoying it even more. The best part about practicing aerial silk is that it allows me to push myself beyond my regular range of motion on floor. That’s because being in the air imparts freedom of movement allowing deeper extensions and stretches…
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