Why Dance is One of the Best Forms of Exercise?

January 30, 2023

Dance or dance fitness is one of the few fitness forms that engages the body as well as the mind. Learning and remembering choreography keeps your brain active while also initiating the creative part of your mind. It is combining mind, body and soul all in a one-hour fitness class! The cardio portion of dancing reduces weight, lowers blood pressure, strengthens and improves muscles and loosens joints. There are many forms of dance including the regular forms of dance like ballet, jazz, modern and tap but there are also multiple cardio forms of dance such as Zumba, Werq, Dance Fit, Strong, Barre Fitness, Bolly Fit, Bellydance Fit, the list goes on and on. These Fitness dance forms are easier than the more traditional dance forms and generally combine high energy beats with easy-to-follow choreography.





Did you know dancing is both an aerobic and an anaerobic work out? Aerobic exercise is defined as “physical exercise of low to high intensity that depends primarily on the aerobic energy related process.” Aerobic exercise in dance is achieved by jumping, twisting, moving. An Anaerobic work out involves “short, fast, high intensity exercises that don’t make your body use oxygen like it does for cardio activities.” In dance anaerobic exercise is accomplished when you hold poses like balancing or elongating a movement. In most fitness regimes, you need both anaerobic and aerobic workout to get a total body work out. That means dance is one of the few fitness forms that is a complete body work out! 





Also, you can dance alone at home if you would like, or you can dance in a group setting. The social aspect of dance is very important as it helps connect with others in a fun and exciting atmosphere. It is much easier to feel the energy and adrenaline of the dance form when there are multiple people involved! Dance releases endorphins which leave you feeling excited and relaxed simultaneously. What a great way to meet new friends!

The Author

Jamie Horban

Jamie Horban, B.A. is a Degreed Dance Professional, Certified Pilates Instructor, and a Certified Yoga Instructor. She has her Bachelors of Science in Dance & Film from Northwestern University. Horban graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in dance and film. She has since traveled around the country choreographing and teaching dance and fitness in several states and cities including Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, LA, and Denver. She currently teaches all levels of ballet, jazz, modern, musical theater, poms, hip hop, and tap. She also has experience teaching salsa, swing, Line dance, acro, Bollywood, Polish dance, disco, belly dance, Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, silver sneakers, Polish Dance, Argentinian tango, as well as many others. She has worked for several companies across the United States including but not limited to Lyric opera of Chicago, Atlanta ballet, Northlight theater, Watertown children’s theater, Jean and Ryan productions, boulder fringe Festival, 24-hour fitness, golds gym, Dance 411, Dance Chicago, Interlochen Arts, and many others. She has a non for profit in the state of Illinois called SoleStance that produces arts/cultural related shows.

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