Dance – The New Fitness Craze
Have you jumped on the dance weight loss train to funky town yet? Well, what are you waiting for? All aboard!
The new trend in fitness is dance. Although dance has been around from as early as the 8thcentury BC and has always been a part of human culture, rituals and celebrations, dance is undergoing a revival as the new and fun way to lose weight and stay in shape. A method of fitness by which many are saying is the most enjoyable way to get some exercise.
Dance fitness classes come in many shapes and sizes, employing various styles of dance into each workout such as belly dancing, Hip Hop, ballroom, Bollywood, African, Latin and many more.
Dance style fitness classes will see you get into shape and lose weight all while having fun. A study in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology stated that dance is just as effective for losing weight as jogging or cycling. Dance is also an excellent cardiovascular workout that helps to improve your overall health and has even been found go above and beyond. The Journal of Sports Science and Medicine found that dance can actually help to improve older adults memory and cognitive function and the New England Journal of Medicine stated that regular dance (twice a week) made people less likely to develop dementia. Best of all, dance does not discriminate, people of all ages, shapes and sizes can participate and reap the wide range of benefits.
Physical and metal benefits of dance fitness include:
-improved condition of your heart and lungs
-increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness
-increased aerobic fitness
-improved muscle tone and strength
-stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
-better coordination, agility and flexibility
-improved balance and spatial awareness
-increased physical confidence
-improved mental functioning
-improved general and psychological wellbeing
So the real question is – what are we all waiting for? Dance fitness is clearly something we should all give a go. Check out Kimberly Wyatt’s new dance style fitness programme Mum On A Mission which is exclusively available on InstructorLive or one of our on demand dance style fitness classes such as: La Bomba, Ballet-tec, Fit Club, DanceFit, Afro-Beats or Belly Dance. And let’s get dancing!