Dancing promotes health and it is good for our bodies in a lot of different ways. But dancing can do much more as is not only a form of art but also a sport. If you want to build muscle in a harmonious way, you can take a dancing class or train privately with a teacher.
Athletic dancing also helps you to improve your cardio fitness, meaning your heart and breathing will become more effective. In addition, it strengthens your muscles such as the thighs (quadriceps), your abdominal muscles, and your back. In this article, we will give you an overview of the most effective dancing styles.
Dance Exercises from Latin America
Zumba is a fitness concept created in Colombia in the 1990s by a dancer and choreographer Alberto Beto Pérez. Zumba combines aerobics with Latin American as well as international dances. Zumba is a challenging full body workout, which does not require any dance experience. The most important thing is to move to the music and have fun while doing it. Zumba can also take place in the water, then the program is combined with elements from aqua fitness and is appropriately called Aqua Zumba.
Batuka was created in 2005 by a Colombian composer and doctor Kike Santander. In 2012, the name of the dance was changed to QiDance. Batuka or QiDance is a high-energy dance performed with various music genres, including Latin, Bollywood, African and hip-hop, combined with moves from Capoeira, Kung Fu and kickboxing.
Modern Dance Exercises
Barre Workout is a training program that involves the entire body and is based on classical ballet. In addition, it combines gymnastic elements and poses from yoga, stretching or Pilates. The workout uses almost all muscle groups, trains the abdomen, thighs, calves, buttocks as well as arms and at the same time also teaches coordination. It’s fun, and thanks to fast beats, it also acts as cardio.
On the other hand, Jazzercise combines dance with Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, and strength training. So, you can burn up to 800 calories in a 55-minute workout. As a result, you will have toned muscles and an undeniably feel-good mood. Furthermore, aids such as light weights, rubber bands or balls can be used to create a more varied routine and address different muscle groups.
Bokwa combines boxing elements with traditional African tribal dances like Kwaito. The mix of aerobics, kickboxing and Capoeira is the perfect cardio workout for beginners. However, Bokwa is not a real dance workout. Unlike Zumba, it doesn’t follow elaborate choreography, meaning that you dance to letters and numbers that the participants trace with their feet on the floor. Surely, the workout comes with music and a fast pace. Bokwa thereby strengthens the abdomen, legs and buttocks. In addition, it improves coordination and endurance.
For sure, you will find the right dance style for you. Dancing to get fit is a well-known technique, but combining dancing with endurance training is even more effective. And is there a better way to get your circulation going?