Exercise is key for well-being. If you like to dance, you already have a lot gained, as dancing helps burn fat, tone muscles and relieve stress. If you’re looking for new ways to train without getting bored, read on… Today we bring you 3 dance styles you can use to exercise and have fun.

1. Zumba

Zumba consists of a dance style that was born in Colombia in the late 90s.

It combines high, medium and low intensity movements, as well as elements of physical conditioning such as balance, flexibility and cardiovascular and muscle workout.

As in all kinds of dance, music is very important. In a Zumba session, Latin rhythms are common, as are various dances including salsa, merengue, mambo, chachachá, bachata and reggaeton.

In some parts of the world Zumba includes other genres such as cumbia, flamenco, international themes and/or country-specific rhythms. So, if you love to dance, this is the exercise for you. You’ll get fit and burn calories almost without realizing it!

Benefits of doing Zumba:

  • Tones your muscles
  • Improves your coordination
  • Increases your physical endurance
  • Helps you lose weight
  • Promotes self-esteem
  • Relieves stress
  • Promotes socialization

According to the creators of Zumba, up to 800 calories can be lost in a high-intensity class.

One of the things that makes this dance style special is that instructors try to create an atmosphere so dynamic and cheerful that classes feel like a party.

Unlike other disciplines, Zumba is not about perfection and technique, it’s about feeling the music and having a good time. So, you can enjoy the class regardless of your age, fitness or dance skills.

Another advantage of this dance style is that you can practice it every day. However, to start seeing results it’s recommended that you attend at least 3 sessions per week.

Currently, there are different types of classes. For example: Zumba Step (with benches), Aqua Zumba (in the water), Zumba Toning (focused on toning), Zumba Sentao (for toning of the abdomen), Zumba Kids (for children) and even Zumba Gold (for older adults).

2. Ballet Fitness

If you’ve always dreamed of becoming a ballet dancer, this new fitness trend combines classical ballet with fitness.

Fitness ballet was born in the United States and it quickly became a popular training option for celebrities such as Natalie Portman, Taylor Swift and Miranda Kerr.

Ballet Fitness uses the bar and the basic steps of ballet along with fitness elements such as balls, elastic bands, weights, and mats.

If you’re a little afraid to start practicing ballet in adulthood, don’t worry! This discipline adapts the techniques of classical ballet so that anyone can practice it, even without experience.

What areas of the body are worked on in ballet fitness? This is a fairly complete workout, as it allows to tone the muscles of the abdomen, buttocks, arms and legs.

Ballet fitness classes usually last between 45 minutes and 60 minutes. Depending on the session, exercises can focus on stretching, short calorie-burning exercises, or dance steps for those who enjoy dancing.

Benefits of fitness ballet:

  • Improves posture
  • Tones muscles
  • Creates greater flexibility
  • Enhances posture
  • Stylizes the figure
  • Works on coordination and balance
  • Helps you lose weight
  • Reduces stress
  • Increases stamina

Oh! And if you’re wondering if you need to wear tutu and slippers, the answer is: no. To practice this dance style, you only need comfortable clothes and socks or half-pointed ballet shoes.

3. Pole Dance

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This style of dancing was born in strip clubs, which is why some people still associate it with stripers.

The truth is that pole dancing has been considered a fitness discipline for many years. In fact, world pole dance championships are held around the globe and it’s already considered a sport.

This dance style is quite demanding, as it combines elements of ballet, yoga, gymnastics and acrobatics. So, if you practice it regularly, you’re sure to manage to strengthen and tone your muscles.

In one hour of pole dance you can burn between 400 and 800 calories.

Benefits of pole dance:

  • Exercises your memory
  • Helps you lose weight
  • Helps connect you with your sensuality
  • Improves coordination and flexibility

Although at first you may feel a little uncomfortable dancing wearing little clothing, over time you will become familiar and understand that the skin’s contact with the bar allows for better grip and allows you to better perform the moves.

You know, if you want to train in a different, fun and very sensual way, taking a few pole dance classes is a great option.

What did you think of these 3 dance styles?

Dancing is one of life’s great pleasures and excellent exercise. So, if you have a talent for following the rhythm of music, you have a whole range of styles to train and have fun. Do some research and you’re sure to find the right class for you!

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