Shedding the Festive kilos is not always easy even. Majority of the people fall off the gym wagon and avoid exercise completely due to all the festivities and “JanuWorry” stress. At the beginning of the year achieving our dream body is usually on our new year’s resolutions basket. Dance might be the answer in getting your body ready for summer. Dance is a fun, effortless way to do this and here’s why:
Dancing improves muscle tone, strength, endurance and fitness
Dance is a great form of exercise because it uses both aerobic and dance moves such as jumping, swaying, bending or twirling. There are endless possibilities when it comes to getting a complete workout through dance.
Dancing is an enjoyable way to be more physically active and stay fit
It is very difficult to get bored because you can create new dance moves. Once you get the basics down, a whole world of options will open up to you. It’s always exciting mastering a new dance move which keeps you looking forward to the next session.
It’s a total body workout and improves body flexibility
Dance also helps your muscles become more flexible and elongated, one thing that traditional work-outs don’t do. Dancing stretches your body and target all your muscle groups to give you a total body workout. Improved muscle flexibility reduces the chances of injury in a fall or sprain, and also speeds up the time it takes your muscles to recover after a workout.
It’s a creative outlet that puts the fun back in your workout
One thing that dancing can provide that jogging and regular gym exercises can’t, is a creative outlet for stress. You are free to invent new moves, choose your own music, and even put makeup and a costume on for your dance routines. It very easy to keep it fun.
You can play your favourite music
Even when you feel like stopping, the beat of the music helps you go faster and pushes you beyond your limit. The freedom to choose your own music choice is endless when looking for something to dance to! Even classical music can get your arms and legs flowing.
Dance fitness is definitely the next trend for South Africans. If you are in Johannesburg, visit Moving into Dance Mophatong (MIDM) in Newtown and sign up for the Afrofusion, Contemporary Dance and Hip-Hop Open Classes taking place every Saturday between 09:30 and 12:30. There are also a number of home workout video options available in the market to explore as well.