Hello divas! I hope that you had a fabulous weekend and are enjoying your holiday. My weekend was fantastic as I completed my training to teach my soulmate fitness program, CIZE LIVE. I LOVE CIZE and am super excited to get started teaching the live version to others. Here at Divas Run for Bling, I have talked about all kinds of fitness that you can do that both fits your schedule and can help you get into better shape. Ya’ll know how much I love high intensity interval workouts and the benefits you get from them. But today I want to talk about the benefits of another of my favorite types of workouts – dancing.
I love to dance. There is just something so liberating about moving you body to music. I was never lucky enough to take dance classes as a kid. But I was a cheerleader all through middle and high school as well as my first year of college. So dancing was still a pretty big part of my teen years. And this has continued throughout my adult years as well. Whether it’s going out with friends, goofing off at home or doing a super fun dance workout, dancing is still a part of my life.
So why should you dance? There are all kinds of physical and mental benefits of dancing including:
It boosts memory. There have been studies to show that is will boost your memory and give your brain a workout. Think about it. When you are doing a dance routine, you have to remember what steps to do when. This in turn can possibly help prevent dementia later in life.
It Increases flexibility and reduces stiffness. This is where the ballerinas come in. I love a good yoga or pilates workout as much as the next person. But I get super excited when I get to do ballet inspired workouts. The 21 Day Fix has a lower body barre workout that kicks my booty every time. All that stretching, plies and other barre work helps ease joint pain (great for runners like myself) as well as post-exercise soreness. Oh and you have fabulous legs and booties to show off as well.
It reduces stress. As with most other exercise, dancing can reduce stress. Exercise and movement releases endorphins which makes you happy. I love nothing more than a good sweat after a super stressful day.
It is good for your heart. Dancing can really get your heart pumping. This is great to build up your cardiovascular strength. If it is long and/or strenuous enough it can also help you lose weight along with a healthy diet.
It lifts your spirits. Related to the reducing stress and releasing endorphins, is the fact that dancing is fun. I don’t know about you, but dancing just makes me smile. It is so much fun to try new moves, move to fun beats or just hang out with friends. As my hubby say, I have a huge smile on my face after I finish a dance workout.
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So now that I have you convinced to dance (I hope 🙂 ), you are probably wondering what kind of dance workouts to do. Well there is a ton out there for just about everyone – from zumba to barre and ballet workouts to ballroom dance classes. You are sure to find one that is a fit for you.
As for me, my favorite is Shaun T’s new CIZE program. It is hip hop based and is both fun and sure to get your heart pumping. The workout is a 4-week program based around 6 different dances to current hits on the radio. Each workout consists of 30-40 minutes to learn the steps (Shaun T is fabulous with teaching them so that literally anyone can learn the moves) followed by a CIZE IT UP portion where you do the dance to the song. The program also comes with a nutrition plan as well as 2 different workout calendars – beginner and advanced – depending on what your background in dance is and what you want to accomplish. The cool thing is that it can be done as a workout at home or you can catch the live version in gyms across the nation.
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If you would like to learn more about CIZE, simply shoot me an email at [email protected] or comment below and I can get you all the info. I also lead an online accountability group to help keep you on track with both the super fun dances and nutrition.
Now I would love to hear from you! Do you love to dance? Have you ever tried a dance workout? What was your favorite?
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