Health Benefits of Dancing
We all want to stay fit and healthy in the body as well as in the mind. Don’t we? Fitness has become the word of the day. In today’s fast moving world where people don’t get the time to take care of their health, eating habits etc. Binge eating, sitting in a single position for long hours, getting accustomed to unhealthy habits etc have become very common.
We have quite a lot of ways in which we can maintain the body and take care of our fitness. Dancing is one such easy and efficient way to keep in shape, lose out on the toxins and maintain your well-being.
Let us have a look at some popular fitness dance forms.
1. Zumba Dance
Zumba is a prevalent dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto Beto Perez in the mid nineteen nineties. In a single Zumba class, a person can burn between 500-1000 calories depending on the amount of energy he/she puts.
These classes last for almost around an hour or so and the music played comes from dance styles like Cumbia, Salsa, Merengue, Mambo, Flamenco, Chachacha, Tango, Samba, Hip-Hop music etc.
There are nine varieties of Zumba classes for different levels of age and exertion. Zumba gold is the program designed for beginners and older individuals. Zumba step is a lower body workout program incorporating Zumba routines and step aerobics along with Latin dance rhythms. Zumba toning targets the abs, thighs, arms and other muscles throughout the body whereas Aqua Zumba is done in the swimming pool.
There are plenty of other Zumba varieties which cater to every part of the body and helps in toning down, increases fitness, flexibility, the efficiency of the different body parts etc.
2. Hula Hoop Dance
Hula Hoop dance signifies dancing with round rings resembling hoop-like structures. These hoops can be made of plastic, wood or other metals.
This dance involves a lot of technical and gymnastic moves. The hoop ring is juggled and rotated around the entire body, the waist, neck, arms as well as the legs. In place of the classic plastic hoop, modern hoopers use bulkier and larger diameter hoops.
Modern hooping, on the other hand, has also been influenced by art forms such as rhythmic gymnastics, hip-hop, freestyle dance, fire performance, twirling, poi and a host of other dance forms. There are some professional hoopers who apply coloured tapes over the rings to make them look good and enhance the grip.
Beginners usually use hoops of larger diameters whereas advanced professionals switch over to rings with smaller diameters. Hoop dancing has proved to improve the muscle tone, endurance ability, muscular strength and motor fitness.
3. Aerobic Dance
Aerobics exercises are specifically moulded quite differently for certain sets of target audiences for e.g. for men, senior citizens, kids, pregnant women, women and so on. Research says that an adult should go for at least two and a half hours of aerobics per week at an average.
Before a person sets out to do aerobics, he should keep in mind that the clothes he/she wears are comfortable. The other vital thing to be kept in mind is that you need a great workout playlist.
It’s a must for you to play great songs along with some groovy music because if you like the music then you will naturally enjoy dancing to it.
Start with warm-up exercises, then move over to low-impact aerobics and finally you should end up with the higher impact aerobics depending on your stamina, strength, and flexibility.
Jogging, twisting, windmills, scissor steps, grasshopper jumps, frog jumps etc are a few of the aerobic exercises which help you in retaining your overall body flexibility.
4. Swing Dance
The swing dance is a dance style originating from Harlem New York with Afro-American Roots. A person doing this dance feels like he is swinging his body. This was initially done to jazz music in the 1920’s 40’s and 50’s but nowadays this dance form is also practised along with all sorts of hip-hop, rap, rock and other genres of music.
This can be done solo or along with another partner and has a relaxed athletic stance. There are a lot of fun moves and there is plenty of opportunity for both the partners to improvise. More than that it also has a calm athletic stance and can be either slow and playful or super fast.
It comprises of some dazzling acrobatics along with air steps, aerials, gymnastic feats etc, thus it is an amazing dance form for keeping the entire body fit and flexible and also helps maintain proper blood circulation, flexibility, provides strength to all the vital body parts and improves the condition of the heart and lungs by enhancing the circulation.