Make your Muscles Dance

August 11, 2009

Running or cycling not your thing? Though some women get charged up by anything Adrenaline-related, most of us need an activity we can enjoy to get through a cardiovascular workout. One of my favorites is also one of the oldest forms of exercise – the art of dance. It’s the perfect blend of mind and body disciplines, and results in four health benefits:

Dance creates self awareness: To be connected with the music, you need to be aware of how you’re controlling your muscles. In the process you concentrate on your posture your body’s alignment, while focusing on your center balance or core. This kind of awareness spills out of a workout into your everyday life, helping you make your every move graceful.

Dancing is a total body workout: You learn how to synergistically use your muscles, stretching your upper and lower body together, your arms and legs beating out a rhythm. Dancing is also time-efficient because you exercise all your muscles at once instead of having to do a series of isolated exercises.

Dancing increases your vitality and energy: Music stimulates your nervous system, can raise your heart rate and in turn energize your entire body and soul as dynamic energy is exchanged between the people involved.

Dance tones your muscles: Certain moves, especially the fluid stretches and lunges in ballet and jazz, target the typically resistant areas of your shape: hips, thighs, buns and abdominal. You learn to use muscles in these areas that you may have forgotten about.

So your ready to kick up your heels, but not sure where to start? Ask yourself these three questions as you check out the dance classes in your area or get ready to choose from dance instruction videos:

What’s the instructor’s background? He or she should have at least three years of teaching experience.
Is this dance routine fun? If there’s not some appeal in the class or dance itself, you’re less likely to continue with it. To tell you can always rent a video and do the workout several times before you buy it.
What moves are emphasized in this class? The same exercise principles in an aerobics class should be followed even in a dance session: a warm up, stretches, gradual start, cool down and abdominals.
And if the idea of a class or step-by-step video seems too formal, don’t let that keep you from the joyous movement that can make you stronger and increase your balance and coordination. Simply put on a leotard, invite some people over, spin some CDs and move!

About the Author:

Victoria Johnson is the nation’s premier Health & Fitness and Wealth & Spirit “activist.” Victoria is the owner and president of Victoria Johnson Intl., a personal training, consulting, marketing and management company. She is not only a fitness guru, she’s a born and bred entrepreneur. She believes everyone should be healthy and prosperous. She has produced and starred in over 24 award-winning exercise and dance fitness DVD’s and videos, produced and starred in her own television show entitled “Victoria’s Body Shoppe” and most recently authored her third book, Body Revival, Lose Weight, Feel Great and Pump Up Your Faith! 


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