Belly Dance and Weight Loss

30th March 2016


A new trend in fitness classes is where participants dance to lose weight. Even though dancing has been around a long time, structured dance fitness classes are relatively new and many gyms and community centers now offer a wide variety of dance fitness classes that allow you to have fun and learn a dance style while getting in shape and losing weight.

Dancing is a great cardiovascular activity that helps with stress management, improving your overall health and well-being. It’s benefits are far reaching as it improves muscle tone and coordination, improves circulation and helps build endurance and stamina. Additionally, the effects of the aerobic activity have been proven to lower the risk of heart disease and reduce blood pressure and cholesterol.

Belly dancing has grown extremely popular around the world since the Seventies, it is now a form of exercise which can be a lot of fun and can also be very stimulating making for an ideal weight loss management tool. In fact, fitness dance has evolved into a workout routine all around the world. There’s no question that belly dancing can help you lose weight, build muscle and become more flexible. This low impact dancing is great for toning muscles and improving strength and coordination. Though it may not be as aerobic as other styles, belly dancing is great class to take to strengthen and stretch your thighs, hips, torso and stomach.

The motions involved in belly dance place a strong emphasis on proper posture and core control. The traditional hip rolls practiced by belly dancers work all of the muscles surrounding the abdomen, including those of the lower back and hips. Belly dancing is also a low-impact form of dance and unlike other forms of dancing, belly dancing does not place any unnatural strain on the joints of the legs. Belly dancing strengthens the joints and may help to counter act the negative effects of aging. The controlled, fluid movements of the arms and shoulders contribute to an increase in strength and muscle tone, while of course also encouraging weight loss.

Raks sharki (a classical Egyptian style of belly dance) can burn up to 300 calories per hour. This estimate will vary depending on the intensity of dancing. Regularity is the key to have successful results from belly dance workout. 30 minutes of simple belly dancing moves is enough to help you get to your desired weight and shape. Belly dance, sometimes called Middle Eastern dance or Oriental dance, is growing in popularity as a way to achieve weight loss goals. This ancient form of dance has a wide variety of physical benefits but, like all exercise modalities, gives its maximum results when combined with a proper diet.

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