Start. Stop. Pull up. Turn out. Dance is one of the only exercises that involves frequently shifting your balance and switching muscle groups, making it one of the most dynamic forms of exercise that exist. Not to mention fun! Livestrong describes dance as an “excellent type of aerobic exercise” because of its benefits to the mind and body.
Benefits for your body.
Dance is a full body experience. From lengthening your posture to strengthening your core, most types of dance require using multiple muscle groups at the same time. While other workouts seem to overwhelmingly target one area of the body over the other, dance requires the entire body.
With that being said, only one 30 minute session of letting loose can burn up to 250 calories. This is comparable to going for a jog or swim. By repeating this 3 or more times per week, you can drastically improve your cardiovascular health. For women, dance classes can help build stronger bones and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. We recommend trying dance classes like the ones provided by Slay Fitness. We incorporate methods from high-intensity interval training (HIIT), helping tone muscles and burn fat all while listening to the best music.
Energizing your mind.
Aside from improving your overall physical health, dancing can also help improve your mood and mental health. Attending a dance class can help foster positive relationships with fellow dancers, release endorphins, and improve memory. Dancing is also ideal for relieving stress - helping you maintain a positive, can-do attitude.
According to a study by the New England Journal of Medicine, dance helps the brain refine coordination, decision-making, and recall skills. One of the most impressive findings suggests dance classes may reduce your risk of dementia by 76 percent.
Dance is an art and exercise that can benefit men and women at any age. Whether you are taking ballet, jazz, hip-hop or simply dancing with friends know that you are strengthening both your body and mind!
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We are almost into March now and some of us may find ourselves failing to stick to our New Year’s fitness resolutions. As we are faced with our fast-paced daily lives once again, our fitness goals often fall to the wayside. But it is never too late to recommit to your resolutions; here are some tips to do just that!
1. Assemble Your Team
An effective way to stay committed to your year-end resolutions is to workout as a group with your friends. Having workout buddies commit to the same exercise goals as you, makes everyone in the group accountable to each other. No one will want to be the person who bails out on the team. Teaming up with your girlfriends also provides motivation and encourages healthy competition.
2. Try New Workouts
One of the most popular resolutions is to workout more, but it’s easy to lose track of that goal. Working out in the gym five days a week can get tiresome. The same treadmills and weight machines - boring! Inject some variety in your fitness regimen by signing up to new and exciting classes like Slay Fitness, our nightclub inspired dance workout. Changing it up will prevent gym fatigue and make it easier to commit to exercising regularly.
3. Never Give Up
Don’t be hard on yourself just because you faltered on your New Year’s resolutions. If you overestimated yourself and set goals that were too high or unrealistic, you may need to break them down into smaller, more achievable bits. Sometimes, you may need to give yourself a break; allow for a cheat day, week, or even a month. Remember your resolutions will still be there for you to pick back up anytime. Just don’t give up!
Want to learn how Slay Fitness can help you recommit and achieve your resolutions? Give us a call or sign up for a class! Slay with us Thursday Nights at 7 p.m.!