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Dancing helps you feel good … and it gets you in shape!

Dance mixed with fitness to make training the best moment of the day

Now is the time to say it: jumping into a dance class as a starting point to get in shape is a very smart move. Not surprisingly, most gyms currently offer disciplines in which dance is mixed with fitness so that you make your training time the best moment of the day.

Now, each one likes to dance one thing: there are those who appreciate the subtlety of Ballet Fit, others who throw themselves into the exoticism of belly dancing, and those who prefer the outpouring of the passion of the Olefit. For all the others, the legendary Zumba will always remain.

The tour of the gyms looking for classes that combine exercise and dance goes a long way. So all of us, each in her own style, can take advantage of the benefits of dancing for her cardio time.

But not only that. Dancing tones the muscles and contributes to good posture, as well as stretching the entire body. In any dance modality applied to fitness, you do cardio and strength exercises. Therefore, moving the body at any pace is always beneficial. In addition, it provides a plus of endorphins. We explain the most fashionable dances in gyms and you decide which one you prefer.

BALLET FIT

What it consists of: A mix of cardio, toning, and isometrics in typical ballet movements. In the cardio phase, the heart muscle is worked and it is intended to increase caloric expenditure. In isometric exercises, the muscles are worked without risk of injury.

These are its characteristics:

-There is no barre, ballet exercises are performed on the floor, where gravity works in our favor.

-It is very suitable for those who need to work the core. Good body posture works a lot because with the exercises they propose the axis of the spine is readjusted and muscular rigidity is fought.

-With time and practice, you get more toned muscles, especially your glutes and legs. Better posture and greater overall elasticity. It also has benefits on correct breathing and a good mind-body connection.

OLEFIT

What it consists of: Having fun and improving muscle tone and coordination by recreating flamenco movements – especially rumba and bulería – through clapping and zapateado.

It is characterized by:

-It is not necessary to dress like a gypsy. It is made with comfortable clothes, sneakers, and a small shawl.

-They are groups that are organized by levels (although it is not necessary to know how to dance beforehand) in which the most important thing is to enjoy flamenco rhythms without complexes.

-It is of interest to people of any age and without previous dance knowledge who want to improve their physical form while enjoying Spanish dance.

-Helps burn calories and provides health benefits. It is a fun, vitalistic, therapeutic, and liberating experience physically and emotionally.

BELLY DANCING

What it consists of: The so-called raqs sharqi (“eastern dance” or “oriental dance”) includes movements from Egyptian folklore, classical and contemporary dance, and large movements, turns, and movements of all parts of the body.

These are its peculiarities:

-It is done with full attention to the hips and belly. Quick and slow movements alternate, with chest and shoulder movements, as well as with meandering arms.

-Slow, undulating movements symbolize sadness; rapid movements express joy. Often incorporates accessories such as veils, sabers, canes, candles.

-It is a dance for all ages, it brings many benefits for the health of women.

-Through the sensual twists and movements, fairly intense cardiovascular work is performed, in addition to shaping the belly muscles and working legs, shoulders, arms, and forearms. In addition, it helps to achieve greater flexibility in the hips and back and works a lot on coordination. Its capacity for weight loss should not be overlooked: in an hour and a half of belly dancing, you can consume 400 to 500 calories.

-Belly dancing releases energy, exercises the pelvic floor, tones muscles and improves cardiovascular capacity, as well as body awareness and posture.

“Belén Gómez, a gynecologist at the Infanta Leonor Hospital in Madrid and Milenium Sanitas, affirms: “to enjoy each step, each movement, the music and the image that the mirror gives us back, along with the endorphins that are released with exercise, creates a situation of well-being in women ”.

And he adds: “Oriental dance is also an effective method to exercise the pelvic floor thanks to the toning it produces on the muscles of our abdomen and pelvis. The mobilization of the tissues that these movements of the pelvis and hip imply, improve their vascularization and, therefore, nutrition and their trophism ”.

Where it can be done: In dance schools and some gyms.

ZUMBA

What it consists of: We all know it, but for the absent-minded, it should be remembered that Zumba is a fitness program inspired by Latin American dances, created in the mid-90s by Colombian Beto Pérez.

Understand Zumba:

-It is performed in group classes where choreographies are taught by repeating the corresponding steps.

-A Zumba session consists of a succession of songs that add up to 60 minutes of class, in which the exercises are developed, practiced, and danced.

-It is for men and women of all ages, adapting to the intensity that they best tolerate. For crazy of the Latin dance.

-It seeks to develop, strengthen, and give flexibility to the body through Latin dance movements. The legs and glutes are worked a lot and the cardiovascular intensity is very demanding. In a correctly given class (and as long as the student applies himself) between 600 and 700 calories per hour can be burned. In addition to cardiovascular effort, you stimulate coordination

Where it can be done: In gyms around the planet.

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