Top 10 Ways to Dance for Fitness
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
May 25, 2011
Filed Under Fitness
Contributed by Robert Blaine, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
Dancing can be an incredible way to get in shape. Not only is it very fun, but it also comes with benefits.
Think about it. If you pick up a few moves, and drop a few pounds, that’s a darn good recipe for getting a date.
Depending on your taste, you can find the right dance workout, from ballroom to street dance, that suits your inner rhythm, as well as gets you in tip-top shape. Here are the ten best ways to dance for fitness.
10. Disco dance
Whenever you’re in a Saturday night fever and you can’t put the chips down, hop up and show how deep your self-love is. Disco hasn’t “stayed alive,” but the culture is still a fun blast from the past that can get anyone into great shape.
9. Jazz dance
It’s more than just jazz hands. Jazz dance gives you a heck of a workout, requiring tough equilibrium, almost like contemporary dance, only with more … jazz. Jazz dance music is fun, funky and recognizable. You might find yourself jazz dancing your way around the house on a regular basis.
8. Pole dance
Many perverse fitness aficionados go to special fitness clubs to watch these health-conscious women burn calories in perhaps the most effective way to drop it low…I mean their body fat, of course. Pole dancing is also a good way for guys to lose weight in their wallets.
Reggae’s signature dance, dancehall, is truckloads of fun. Emotionally liberating, dancehall will have you sweating, jammin’, and feeling like you’re part of a Sean Paul video. Those calories “will be burnin’.” Believe it, mon.
6. Belly dance
Of all the dance styles, belly dancing may have the most enticing costume options. Belly dancing is a sexy way of getting rid of too much belly, a seductive dance to improve flexibility in the torso, and, by far, my favorite exercise to watch.
The older generation will not understand it, but just try to krump and you’ll see how krazy it’ll make your body feel. A subgenre of hip-hop, krump is one of the most energetic dances imaginable. However, learn how to do it first. There’re few things that look worse than a krumper who doesn’t know how to krump. It looks like krap.
It doesn’t matter how dainty it looks. You’ve got to be physically tough to do ballet. You’ve got to be mentally tough to even try it in the first place. Though it often isn’t fun, ballet is still one of the best dances to strengthen your legs and core, improve your balance and increase flexibility. Put on a pair of light-as-air ballet slippers and dream big. So, as long as you lay off the macaroni, you can look like Makarova.
One of the most classic, most stylish and most active Latin dances, salsa is just as hot as the food. This world-famous and much idolized dance will do more than just burn a few calories, but also burn up the dance floor if you get it right.
2. Hip Hop
If guys want to have a body like Usher’s and ladies want one like Beyonce’s, hip hop can obviously accomplish that. Few dance forms burn as many calories as hip hop. Thus, on top of connecting with your rhythmic, funky side, you’d be surprised at how spectacular your body will look and feel.
The dance that puts it all together. Salsa, cha-cha, merengue, cumbia, samba, you name it. The Latin dance/fitness craze that shook the nation (literally) is perhaps the best way to dance for fitness, burning tons of calories with intense cardio, strengthening your abs, and teaching you how to dance, all while giving you a good time.