If working out seems is just too much of a hassle, seems too tedious or feels too boring, get creative and consider dancing! Think back to the days of clubbing and how you'd never tire from all that fun you had on the dance floor. In fact, dancing is so much fun that it hardly feels like you're working out. But even as you're having the time of your life, you're burning calories, reducing stress and getting into shape. As with any other exercise, it will also help you lower your blood pressure, kick-start your energy levels and reduce stress.
The benefits of dance
Kong Peiling, 30, a part-time dance teacher and full-time physical education teacher has been dancing since she was four years old. She says dancing is great for getting fit because "it provides a full body workout and works our cardiovascular fitness. It also improves your flexibility, muscular strength and endurance". She's right: dancing is one of those exercises that provide both an aerobic workout as well as muscle-strengthening activity. Dance is especially good for you aerobically because most dance classes require you to stay moving and active for up to an hour. During that entire time, your body is taking in oxygen, transporting it to your muscles, and helping you to expend energy in the process.
Dancers are also required to bend and twist, leap and jump as part of their dance routines. These moves will stretch and strengthen the muscles in your body. To maximise the benefits of dancing (and to polish up your moves!), you should break up your normal exercise routine with dance classes two or three times a week. Regular dancing helps boost health both physically and mentally, it:
Dance Your Worries Away
Attend just one dance class and we promise you that you'll spend the rest of the day thinking about the dance moves rather than that horrid colleague at work, that pending paper due or the traffic jam you are stuck in. What's more, dance does wonders for boosting your self-esteem as you get in shape, lose weight and – because posture is key when it comes to dance – start walking with your back straight and your chin up.
Find a Dance
Dancing comes in all shapes and forms so it will be pretty easy to find one that suits your fitness levels and interests. Here are some popular dances:
Just remember: it is important to do things in moderation. Every body is different, always listen to your body and adjust your fitness regime accordingly.