Dancing can be a great way to stay active and it’s suitable for all ages. From Zumba to ballet dance classes aren’t just for kids. So dust off your ballet shoes, wiggle into that belly-dancing top and grab your partner for the Charlston; we’ve got 5 dance styles to boost your fitness!
Gone are the days when ballet was all about little girls with perfect buns, performing plies. Yes, of course, it’s still about that, to some extent, but in recent years ballet has become the new cool. Fusion classes where fitness meets ballet, such as barre classes, have become all the rage. As anyone who has ever attended a ballet class knows, dancers use muscles you didn’t even know you had, and it’s not unusual to be sore for several days after a class.
Ballet can improve your posture, help you stretch those muscles, and tone your legs, thighs and bum. We can’t promise you’ll land the starring role in Swan Lake – to be a professional ballet dancer takes incredible discipline and commitment – but we can promise you’ll boost your fitness, flexibility and mood with regular classes. It’s best to attend a class rather than trying this at home, as all those jumps and spins can be hard on your muscles; it’s easy to pick up bad habits.
#2. Swing dance
Swing dance is a craze sweeping the nation. We touched on it briefly in our article about alternatives to the Gym. It’s the workout-that-doesn’t-feel-like-a-workout, so if you’re a self-confessed couch potato or new to fitness, this is a great place to start. Swing dance classes are a great chance to be social too – you’ll meet new people and no partners are required, so you can attend alone or with friends.
#3. Belly dancing
Banish those images of middle-aged women in belly tops. Belly dancing is fun, flirtatious and for all ages, and you can wear what you like! Belly dancing provides you with the perfect ab workout, toning and sculpting almost every single muscle in your core. It’s a great way to target your deep transverse abdominals and get a toned stomach for bikini figure.
Zumba has taken off in recent years, hailed as ‘the most awesome workout ever.” It’s as much about dance as it is about fitness; low-intensity moves are combined with high-intensity exercises and Latin rhythms. It can boost your energy, improve balance and flexibility, help you lose weight and condition your muscles.
Salsa is great for all ages and you’ll find you’re burning up to 600 calories an hour, depending on how intense your session is! Salsa also helps to strengthen your muscles and bones, preventing arthritis. It can improve flexibility and coordination, and because you’re dancing in a group setting, it’s ideal if you’re a little shy, as it will really help to boost your self-esteem and confidence.