DANCE FITNESS INFORMATION
D A N C E F I T N E S S
JUNE 23, 2014 ORIGINAL ARTICLE BY TRISH VAN BUREN, CREATOR AND FOUNDER OF HIPHOTIC
Dance Fitness is structured body movement performed to a rhythm flow to beats or music offering, but not limited to, a cardio workout performed for 22 minutes or more.
Dance Fitness classes may offer more benefits than a cardio workout, however, a well- rounded dance workout may incorporate strength, coordination, balance, flexibility, and core strength training which will burn more calories and more fat.
Benefits of Dance Fitness are:
Increased serotonin level
Confidence and a sense of well-being.
Increases cognitive acuity at all ages
Strengthening and toning of the body
Dance Fitness classes are for all age groups ranging from toddlers through seniors who are apparently healthy capable individuals to adhere to instruction and independent body movement.
Dance Fitness classes are taken by individuals who are uncomfortable with dancing.
Dance Fitness classes are taken by individuals who like to express themselves creatively.
Dance Fitness classes are taken by individuals that seek to become better and more conditioned dancers.
Dance Fitness classes offer better health and a fitter body overall. Dance Fitness can also offer skill development and in some cases, sportsmanship. If you ever wanted to become a dancer or learn how to dance, Dance Fitness classes may offer you the platform to do so while working out in a safe, fun, effective way.
An individual’s nutritional habits are 80% of the effectiveness any fitness or wellness program may work.
An individual can feel more energetic and less stressful after 2 weeks of engaging in Dance Fitness classes.
An individual can begin to see physical change after 10 consistent Dance Fitness workouts depending on the intensity and the programming of the class.
Individuals who engage in Dance Fitness classes may see results in conditioning and cardio endurance within 3- 4 weeks of consistent participation.
Dance Fitness success stories of body transformations have varied depending on the program of the class.
You can find a variety of Dance Fitness classes or programs that may be in an area near you in the Dance Fitness Locker Rooms on www.myfitfamilyusa.com
You can search on Google or other search engines for Dance Fitness classes
You can experiment and try Dance Fitness classes through discounted promotions on Groupon, Living Social, Guilt City, and other companies on the internet and newspapers.
Ask around and collect referrals to see and hear about the new exciting upcoming Dance Fitness programs that may offer more benefits than an aerobic workout.
Today, a variety of Dance Fitness classes being offered worldwide is a growing force to fight obesity. Dance Fitness classes are for everyone, male and female of all ages.
Dance Fitness classes vary from individuals who are novice to dance to professional dancers and performers who take part of the dance fitness phenomenon.
Dance Fitness classes can offer more than a cardio workout. Many have incorporated more strength, flexibility, and core exercises to offer multiple components of fitness that have resulted in more weight loss and body transformations in some dance fitness participants. Dance Fitness also increases cognitive acuity at all ages due to the constant use of coordination and balance routines. Dance Fitness is an excellent choice for exercise, workout, and depending on the programming, even training. Instead of feeling like workout is a chore, Dance Fitness makes for a great fun choice for a workout routine.
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Get into the Groove: The Benefits of Dance
Moving to the music can make you happier, smarter, and a whole lot healthier—here are the best dance workouts
Published: August 6, 2012 | By Selene Yeager
Whenever the super-stressed residents on Grey’s Anatomy bust out in an impromptu dance party, it must be because they know how healing it is—they are doctors, after all (well, TV ones, at least)! Truth is, shaking your booty is remarkably healthy, and not just in a fitness-and-weight-loss kind of way. Dancing can boost your brainpower, improve your outlook, grow your social circle, and protect your most important organs . . . even if you have no rhythm.
Born with a Beat
Ever wonder why the second you hear, say, Beyoncé’s latest chart topper, you automatically start tapping your feet or otherwise moving to the beat? “It’s an instinctive response,” says Costas Karageorghis, Ph.D., a music and sports researcher and coauthor of Inside Sport Psychology. Yup, you’re hardwired to sync up your own movements to music, possibly because even primitive cultures used rhythmic movements to express themselves. Richard Ebstein, Ph.D., a professor in the psychology department at the National University of Singapore, adds that it’s a universal phenomenon. Even birds and bees use dance to communicate.
The instinctual rhythm response starts in your brain, where musical vibrations light up timing circuits that prompt you to reflexively bust a move. These same circuits are intertwined with your brain’s communication and memory systems, which is why songs can trigger emotional reactions—and why you may find yourself singing, swaying, and choking up to “My Boo,” despite yourself.
But while it’s true that everyone “feels” the beat in this way, it’s also true that some people’s mind-beat connection is a little stronger. Your dance-crazy pals who seem as if they were born to boogie? They might well have been: Experts believe that genetics play a role in complex behavioral traits (e.g., having an affinity for shaking it like Shakira). The trick is, environmental factors also have an impact. If you don’t have much opportunity to dance, you may never know that you have a natural talent for it.
Get on the Floor—for Your Health
You don’t have to have moves like Jagger to reap any of dancing’s health-enhancing benefits. “The brain rewires itself based on use,” explains Joe Verghese, M.D., a professor of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The more time you spend on the dance floor, the more you train your brain to open those feel-good floodgates—and the more you’ll start to amp up your overall well-being.
To wit, a study in Circulation: Heart Failure found that people with cardiac conditions who danced for just 20 minutes three times a week saw their heart health improve significantly more than those who stuck to traditional cardio workouts. Dancing can also help make your skeleton strong, per the National Osteoporosis Foundation, and it does wonders for your overall makeup: When researchers compared dancers with nondancers, they found evidence that dancing may preserve both motor skills and perceptual abilities.
The ample flow of mood-improving chemicals that dancing releases means, of course, that raising the roof can elevate your mental state. Just one lively dance session can slay depression more than vigorous exercise or listening to upbeat music, according to a study in The Arts in Psychotherapy. Getting jiggy with others also leads to less stress and stronger social bonds, key factors in both mental and physical health, says Verghese.
But perhaps the coolest part about grooving is that it saves your mind—literally. Dancing gives your noggin’s memory, coordination, and focus areas an intense workout, leading to stronger synapses and beefed-up gray matter. The result: Dancers can be sharper in the short term and less likely to succumb to brain diseases in the long run. A New England Journal of Medicine study of 11 physical activities found that dancing was the only one that lowered dementia risk by a whopping 76 percent.
It’s never too late to augment your health by getting down, whether you start small by rocking out while cleaning your digs or go big and sign up for a class. However you choose to move, you can glean the biggest rewards by doing it for 20 to 30 minutes most days of the week. What are you waiting for? Go cut a rug.
Of course, you could push “play” and flail around in your underwear. Or you can take it up a notch. “The beauty of dance is there are so many kinds to choose from,” says dance medicine specialist Elizabeth Larkam of San Francisco. “There’s a type for everybody and every need.” She suggests trying out one of these five (at a gym, with a DVD or video game, or at a nightclub in your town).
Best For Newbies: Line Dancing
It ain’t all country: Modern classes are set to tunes like soul, R&B, and hip-hop. “The rhythm is generally easy to follow, and the movements are repetitive, so you can catch on quickly,” says Larkam.
Best For Burning Calories: Zumba
The salsa-type shimmy you see on Dancing with the Stars scorches cals. For something similar but way more accessible, check out the wildly popular Zumba. “The pace is intense—you can burn 250 calories in 30 minutes,” says Larkam.
Best For Boosting Your Mood: Swing
Swing dancing is done with a partner, and that “touch factor”—along with high-energy music—helps trigger a rush of the mood-elevating hormone oxytocin.
Best For Strength: Pole Dancing
Yes, really. Most types of dancing are ace at toning your lower body, but doing it at the pole also gives you added upper-body and arm strength.
Best For Stress Relief: DIY
Grab your pals, hit the club, and let loose however you want. “Social dancing to any upbeat music you love lets you reap the benefits of camaraderie and completely blow out stress,” says Larkam.
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