Dance fitness classes are very popular and have become the new craze among fitness enthusiasts in the UK. A regular work out at the gym can sometimes feel like a monotonous chore and can send the easily-distracted deviating away from their exercise regime.
Dancing, however, is extremely fun and you would be forgiven for forgetting that you are doing any exercise at all! It is a fantastic way to lose weight and keep fit.
Dancing gives your body a real aerobic workout; and in doing so encourages weight loss, muscle toning and an improvement in posture by strengthening core muscles. All of which leads to increased endurance and flexibility.
As well as burning off all those extra pounds, dancing can make you feel great! After a long and stressful day at work it can be just what you need to relieve tension; it increases energy levels and improves circulation. Experts say that relaxing and de-stressing dancing releases tons of good endorphins, which simply keep you happy and put you in a positive frame of mind.
Dancing burns just as many calories as other, more traditional, exercises such as walking, swimming or cycling. For instance, moderate dancing burns seven calories per minute; while vigorous dancing (like Salsa) burns as many as 100 calories in ten minutes. On average, an individual can expect to burn around 450 calories in a spirited dance class. The key is to do the exercise on a regular basis and to really give it your all each time.
Type of dance fitness classes
A dancercise DVD is a good option for those who prefer to do their routines in the comfort of their own homes. There is also nothing stopping you from sticking on your favourite music and giving it a go that way.
Alternatively, those interested can investigate classes at their local fitness centres – there are plenty out there.
Zumba, for example, is highly popular new trend that is taking the world by storm. It is characterised by a ‘party vibe’ of Latin dance moves which incorporate interval and resistance exercise and is performed to zesty Latin rhythms, and other lively international music.
Salsa, burlesque, belly dancing and pole dancing are other popular favourites that fly the flag for fun and effective exercise outside the box.