This is guest post by Leon Turetsky.  He is a professional ballroom dancer and is helping people get fit thru dance.  His online videos are awesome and really get your heart pumping! 

Get fit with Ballroom dancing

Ballroom dancing is one of the best extra-curricular activities for exercising and getting in shape. Whether you are practicing the Cha Cha, Samba, Foxtrot, Swing, Salsa, Tango or the Waltz your muscles get a great workout. The best thing about dancing is that it doesn’t feel like exercise. Because you are so wrapped up in getting the moves down, you forget how hard you are working. Thus it is a lot more fun than lifting weights while staring at a blank wall. Wouldn’t you like to look forward to your workouts?

With dancing all you need is 30 min – 1 hour a day to burn some serious calories:

“According to a survey published by the American Council on Exercise, health and fitness specialists see dance-based workouts as a growing trend. Plus, you burn about 200 to 400 calories per hour dancing – similar to the calories you burn swimming, cycling or walking.”

(Source: http://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/806422/dance-workouts-that-help-you-lose-weight)

Over my years of teaching I have personally witnessed incredible results with students losing up to 60 pounds in just a few months. All you need to do is stick with a consistent class schedule and you should see results. Alternatively, If you are too busy to attend a local dance class, check out my ballroom lessons online.

So why is Ballroom dancing so great for exercise? Here are 3 reasons:

1. Build muscles

When you dance you are constantly using your arm, leg, stomach, and chest muscles. For example, holding the frame properly requires good posture that engages a lot of big and small muscles around the arms, shoulders and neck area. The body must be lifted at all time with the arms up and shoulders down. During the Swing and quickstep you will engage your abs when doing kicks and leg lifts. And what about all the leg lunges you do from foot foot? Some dances like the Waltz and Samba require you to go up and down on every single step – resulting in strong leg muscles. In other dances you will be lifting or supporting your partner. You can be sure that every single muscle will get stronger from Ballroom dancing.

 2. Aerobic exercise

Dancing is a great form of aerobic exercise because you are constantly moving. You have steps that go forward, back, side and diagonal. You have techniques that require bending legs, straightening legs, pointing toes and lots of twisting and turning. All these movements are performed continuously, without stops. Even when you hold a certain position, your body still works in some way to keep the balance and support your partner. In addition, many of the dances are done with fast paced music. For example, the Cha Cha is danced at 31 bpm (beats per minute) and the Samba is danced at 50 bpm which will get your heart rate up.

3. Increase Endurance

Since dancing will strengthen your muscles and increase your stamina, your muscles will be able to keep working for longer without getting tired or getting injured. Ballroom dancing is done in partners so you may sometimes have to pick up your partner’s slack (for lack of a better word) and even “carry” them through the dance. This puts double the strain on you and this gives you great work out. Also, some dances are slower and some dances are faster. Your body will get used to shifting gears and performing at various speeds. This will translate to other parts of life, giving you the extra energy and strength to do house chores and other activities.

 

As you can see, Ballroom dancing is one of the best exercises out there. If you do it on a regular basis you will build muscle, get a great aerobic workout and increase your endurance. It is also a lot more fun and enjoyable than the gym.

About author:

Leon Turetsky is a professional Latin and Ballroom dance teacher in Boston MA. He also teaches people how to dance online with videos. Check out his dance lessons online to start learning right away!

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