With the craze of Zumba online classes over the last 10 years, along with newer dance classes such as Bokwa and Sosa, there is no better time to embrace dance if you’re looking to get fit while having fun. Dance has to be up there as the most enjoyable workout for achieving a healthy physique without even realising it! Plus, not only is it enjoyable but, it provides a wealth of health benefits.
Here are the reasons it’s great for your health:
Core Strength Development
The first great benefit that our live and on-demand dance fitness classes offer is significant core strength development. It’s important that you do consider core strength development when designing your workout program because when you have a high degree of core strength, you’ll be at a lower risk of back pain and postural problems.
Sadly though, many workouts don’t deliver the degree of core workout intensity that you really need for good results.
With dancing, such as with former Zumba ZJ trainer Sandra Radav's workout 'Šokis', designed exclusively for GymCube, you’ll be required to stay on top of your feet at all times as you move the arms and legs in various directions, this means you’ll see a greater intensity of ab muscle strengthening.
This is a far superior core development method than lying on the floor performing hundreds of crunches over and over again.
The second big benefit that you’ll receive if you take part in any dance class like Zumba or on-demand or live online dance fitness classes is improved coordination.
Even if you’re someone who has two left feet, you can still definitely take these classes and see improvements in your coordination ability.
In fact, if ‘two left feet’ describes you, you stand to benefit the most from these sessions.
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, in the US, reports that dance can provide exceptional cardio conditioning. In turn, it reduces your risk of heart disease and lowers your blood pressure. Make no mistake about it, our live online dance fitness classes will provide great aerobic benefits as well. You’ll get your heart rate up the entire time you’re doing the workout, so will see great calorie burning effects and increase your endurance level as well.
So next time you’re feeling a little bored with your standard cardio session and want to do something totally unique and original, check out our online fitness dance classes.
GymCube's Dance Classes similar to Zumba, Bokwa, Hip Hop, Salsa and Rave
Many of these dance classes are fast moving and fun, great for beginners yet challenging for the advanced. Each dance class incorporates dance moves with traditional aerobic moves whilst constantly moving to keep your heart rate up. Click here to try one of GymCube's Dance Aerobic Classes, there are dozens of wonderful classes to choose from so you will never get bored!
Online dance classes will allow you to build up your confidence before you go to a class external to your home, like a Zumba class. Whether it be confident within yourself or within your dancing ability which will then allow you to progress on and try more advanced dance classes or just feel great about yourself and your body! It is important to feel confident and this is what GymCube strives to help you achieve.
Enjoying a dance session like with friends is a great way to discover what it really means to be a great dancer. You’ll soon find it’s not about physique, but about who is prepared to let go and feel the music. Dance is such a joyous exercise, and as you start to embrace the fun of it, you’ll soon find yourself forgetting about any wobbly bits.
Using online dance workouts allow you to do it in your own space, at your own time. If you are new to dance, this will allow you to avoid the awkward class where you don't feel comfortable and build up your knowledge and confidence as mentioned above. You can do it in the comfort of your own home, even in your PJs if you want! You can take it one step at a time and you do not have to worry about not being able to keep up as you can pause, rewind and re-watch the video as many times as it takes to get the step.
While dance is super fun, it’s mentally testing too - whether we realise it or not. Practising dance routines aids our memory recall and boosts mental exercise, helping you stay alert and focussed. In a study led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, amongst a long list of recreational activities (including reading, writing, playing an instrument, playing tennis, and swimming…) dancing was the only activity to protect against dementia! It’s dancing’s use of movement and sequencing which improves cognitive skills and helps reduce the chances of having the chronic disease.
Striking all those new poses requires concentration and balance. If you frequently dance, you’ll not only strengthen your stabiliser muscles (and protect your core), but you’ll see improved coordination and faster reflexes. The reason for this is that dance strengthens the connection between the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system.
Strengthens your bones
Dance movement is not only great for your muscles, but it’s also been proven to aid in the prevention of osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation has reported high-impact workouts, like dance, help build bone mass and keep bones strong. Dancing also helps keeps joints lubricated, preventing arthritis.
Keeps you young
Dancing is for everyone, meaning it’s something you can keep at until you’re old and grey. In fact, it slows down the ageing process dramatically if you keep it up – by benefiting both your cardio system and your lungs, crucial to full body health, and strengthening your cognitive processing (plus, we’ve already mentioned how it helps prevent dementia).
Finally, let’s finish with the big one; the main reason a lot of us commit to working out on a regular basis is to burn those extra calories. It’s estimated that dance burns around 5-10 calories per minute, depending on intensity and speed - so if you’re looking to shift weight fast, choose mambo/Latin inspired to dance like Salsa or Zumba over waltzing.
See it really is possible to be healthier and have fun!!!
GymCube's Šokis Dance Fitness With Sandra Radav
Sandra travelled the world teaching Zumba, with crowds of 20,000 in football stadiums! She developed this friendly dance workout that will help you get in shape while having fun, it focuses on conditioning and toning your body through dance. With a calorie burn of 370, it will get you sweating whilst having a great time! What more could you ask for? Click here for the full workout!
Dance reduces anxiety
The endorphins released during dance workouts are known to improve mood. And when we feel great, our anxieties immediately begin to reduce. The powerful mix of physical movement and music has been proven to have more anxiety shrinking benefits than going for a jog or hitting the gym too.
Miriam Berger, a dance professor and dance therapist at New York University, points out, “On a physiological and psychological level, humans like order and form, and the rhythm of dancing to music provides that satisfactory patterning.”
When we’re not hung up on future anxieties, we carry around plenty of tension from past stresses and dance is a great way to let go of these. You might think of yoga and meditation as the obvious choice for stress relief, but studies have shown that dance could even take the edge over both of these relaxation practices.
The Journal of Complementary Therapies in Medicine revealed a study showing those who took tango classes had lower stress levels than people who undertook meditation.
GymCube's Ibiza Dance With Lindsay Jay
Filmed live at the top of the Hard Rock Cafe Ibiza, these short dance routines are perfect to try for your first time. This dance workout series is the ideal starting point for anyone looking to try out dance fitness for the first time. Lindsay has put together an energetic dance workout for everyone! Just follow Lindsay's lead and enjoy the easy to follow dance routines. There are 3 videos to choose from, click here to give them a go!