Moving to Music: Making Exercise Fun!

May 20, 2011 By: office 23 Comments

Think back to the last time you danced. Not a little side to side swaying when you’re in a good mood, but a full-body boogie that put a smile on your face, put your arms in the air and allowed all of your inhibitions to melt away. Wouldn’t it be great if you can do that every day as a form of exercise? Well, dancing is a bona fide weight loss workout, no matter if it’s in a dance club or a fitness class, offering benefits such as healthier cardiovascular system, stronger bones, and improved mood. With dance, however, you don’t really realize you are exercising; happily though, a turn on the dance floor can burn 200 to 500 calories per hour!

Dancing has many wonderful attributes apart from helping burn calories. Dancing strengthens our muscles, which in turn better stabilizes our joints, protecting them from injury. It is lower impact than running and much easier on the joints of the knees and ankles. All styles of dancing are considered weight-bearing exercises, which force the muscle and bone to work against gravity. This stress strengthens the bones and is the only kind of exercise that can actually slow down bone loss.

Dance moves also activate almost every muscle in the body and as a result, naturally strengthen the core, improve flexibility, balance, and posture, as well as aiding in weight loss, which will improve cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease.

Zumba Dance Class for Weight Loss

Dance classes like Zumba are not only fun, but also a great way to burn calories for weight loss.

Between 2002 through 2010, there was a 26 percent increase in interest for dance as a fitness class in health clubs. Some of that rise had to do with the introduction of Zumba, a Latin inspired dance workout class. Since then, several different types of dance inspired workouts have been created, including Batuka, a new class that borrows moves from belly dancing, hip-hop and salsa, which is schedule to start rolling out into health clubs this coming fall.

Like other exercises, dancing can modulate levels of brain chemicals associated with mood, such as dopamine, nor epinephrine and serotonin. There is also a sense of achievement that comes with mastering new skills.

At Shane Diet Resorts adult weight loss camp, our fun filled fitness schedule not only includes several varieties of group exercise classes, we also have Dance! which includes Latin, Hip Hop and jazz inspired dance combinations, that will help you lose weight and, most of all, have fun!

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