5 Dance Classes to Add to Your Fitness Routine

Tired of the same old workout routine? Why not consider a dance class? Any type of dancing is good for the body, it gets you moving, works the heart, and just feels good! There are many types of dance out there, and with beginner to advanced and expert classes you can find something to suit your preferred style and level of ability. Here are some types of dancing you may want to consider if you are looking to get fit:

1. Zumba

Zumba is an amazing Latin-inspired dance / aerobic workout that will get your blood pumping! If you love salsa music and moving your body then this is one workout to consider, and due to its recent explosion in popularity it is not hard to find a class no matter where you live. Some areas may even offer Zumba classes specific to older exercises, or even aqua-Zumba for those who need a low-impact workout.

2. Belly Dancing

Nothing will work your abs and hips like a belly dancing class – and the rest of your body will benefit too! Using natural movements you will work within your body’s own natural limitations and see just how far you can go. Belly dancing can help you lose weight and tone your body, while having a great time learning a whole new style of dance! It’s also a terrific stress reliever and helps to boost self-confidence.

3. Hip Hop

Even if you have two left feet you can still get a great workout while learning some awesome dance moves. Hip hop classes are high-energy – so you can expect to burn serious calories while doing it. Over the course of your classes you’ll increase your body’s aerobic abilities, enhance your flexibility, and strengthen your hips and knees. If you love music and dancing then this may be the perfect class for you!

4. Ballet Inspired

There is a new breed of classes available that combine ballet movements with Pilates and yoga.  You'll strengthen your muscles while increasing flexibility.  These classes are low-impact so it's great for those recovering from an injury.

5. Bhangra or Bollywood

Have you ever seen Slumdog Millionaire and envied the dance routine at the end of the movie?  Well, you can learn moves just like theirs in a Bhangra or Bollywood dance class.  These classes are high-energy and addictive!  You'll learn traditional folk dances from India that will remind you of hip hop moves. Not only will a dance class challenge you with new ways to move your body, it will also provide overall toning and body conditioning, as well as build endurance, stamina and balance.  So the next time you cringe looking at your treadmill or exercise bike, consider branching out and learning some new dance moves!

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