Let’s dance the stress away

April 02, 2019 | by Victor Valentin
Categories: Healthy Driven Life

Dance fitness is an aerobic workout divided into different tracks that provide peaks and channels of intensity. Dance fitness classes offer a relaxed environment where an individual can let their inhibitions go, learn some new moves and meet some great people along the way.

At an elite level, dance is an athletic art form that requires a high level of intensity. At a more casual level, social dancing is a fun way to enjoy light-to-moderate exercise.

What can dance fitness do for you?

Dance fitness has a variety of benefits when it comes to your health, from improving muscle tone and strength to boosting your overall aerobic fitness. This style of fitness also plays a huge role in motor performance skills such as balance, coordination and reaction time, as well as heart health.

Science shows that aerobic exercise can reverse volume loss in the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain that controls memory. So dancing, an aerobic workout, may also boost your memory and help prevent you from developing dementia as you get older.

Physical activity releases endorphins, the body's natural painkiller, which help reduce stress.

After a good dance workout, endorphins help you feel calm and optimistic. Endorphins also improve your sleep.

Different styles of dance fitness:

POMSQUAD Fitness: This is a fun, high-energy dance fitness class. You'll shake those pom-poms while dancing to upbeat music. This class is for everyone, with easy routines that burn calories and strengthen your muscles.

Zumba: Combines international and salsa music with some amazing, fun-filled dance moves that include interval training, resistance training and strength training. There will be slow and fast rhythms alternating throughout so you keep burning calories.

Ballroom Dancing:  As a cardio workout, ballroom dancing is a great activity for burning fat and toning muscles. But that’s not all. This pleasant and enjoyable activity can also improve your mood, strengthen your bones and promote a healthy heart. You can also develop your social and communication skills since you’ll be working out with a partner while ballroom dancing.

BARRE: This workout focuses on balance and strength, requiring you to hold positions for minutes at a time. Barre combines moves from ballet, yoga, Pilates and strength training to help you build your muscles and core, reduce stress and improve your flexibility.

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