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Aerobic Dancing

Aerobic dancing is a fun way to keep yourself hale and hearty. Read on to know its benefits as well as ways to carry out this form of exercise, all by yourself, at home...
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If you are bored of your exercise routine, so much so that you have started to skip it, day after day, it's time that you incorporate some fun exercises into it. Speaking of fun exercises, the first one to come to mind is aerobic dancing. This form of exercise, which combines dance moves with regular aerobics and is performed on some jazzy music, is a good exercise to keep you in shape, flexible and well toned!

Benefits of Aerobic Dancing

The most important benefit of aerobic dancing is that if you make a routine of it, it will help you lose a lot of weight. According to researches, if aerobic dancing is carried on for half an hour at a stretch, it burns anywhere between 300 to 400 calories! It is as much as any other exercise like swimming or jogging will burn! So, if losing weight is your fitness goal, aerobic dancing is a must in your exercise routine. And the best part is, it builds and tones the muscles too. So, you not only lose weight, but get a well sculpted body, sheer by doing aerobic dancing for half an hour every day!

There are numerous other health benefits as well. Firstly, it improves the blood circulation in the body. This ensures that the important organs such as heart and lungs function properly. Secondly, it strengthens the bones in the body. Thirdly, it lowers the blood sugar and cholesterol levels, which means that the elderly can benefit a lot by undertaking aerobic dancing for a few minutes everyday. Lastly, as many of the diseases stem from stress and anxiety, this form of exercise, being fun and a great stress-buster, can relax and rejuvenate a person immensely, thus keeping such diseases at bay.

Aerobic Dancing Workouts

One good thing about this form of exercise is that it is so easy that anybody, right from a ten year old to a seventy year old, can perform it. However, the time duration for which it is undertaken will vary according to the age and health condition of the person. You can do aerobic dancing at home, all by yourself, by playing some good music and learning the popular moves from a video on the Internet. Or, you can even take up a class for the same. Initially, it is advised that you join a class. Once you are well versed with all the moves and exercises, you can perform the same at home itself.

For carrying on this activity, you need to be dressed appropriately, in light weight, airy clothes, like a t-shirt and track pants as well as comfortable shoes, that are especially designed for this purpose. Start with jogging at one place for five minutes and performing some flexibility exercises, as a warm-up, so that you do not suffer from any kind of injury. After this, play the videos and copy the steps side by side. Exercise as long as you can comfortably, after that, slowly and slowly, as your stamina increases, stretch your exercise activity to half an hour. Some of the popular aerobic dance moves that you can include in your workout are - mambo, V step, step touch, heel back, step out, kicks, grapevine and knee up. You can learn how to do these, at home itself, by watching videos on the Internet. If you have learned some forms of dancing, such as belly dancing, salsa, mambo or Jazz, you can make up your own moves and incorporate them in your workout routine too! At the end of your aerobic dancing session, do not forget to perform some cool-down exercises for about ten minutes.

As you can see, aerobic dancing is fun, easy to perform and has so many benefits for the mind and the body. So, make a routine of it, combine it with a healthy, balanced diet and enjoy the changes it brings about in the way you look and feel!
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Published: June 23, 2011
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