Find your inner boogie body and start grooving to the music because dance-based fitness is back and here to stay. Whether you want to stretch it out in a ballet barre class, pump it up with a Latin-inspired Zumba class, or #throwbackthursday to jazzercise, dancing is fun and good for you, too!
Taking a class, dancing at home (to your own beat or following a video), or busting a move at your next party can be a great way to get in some cardiovascular aerobic exercise. Often, dance classes will offer modifications to make movements low-impact. Following choreography works the brain as well as the body, and upbeat music can also boost mood.
Below are some examples of dance-based fitness styles. Do you have any that you want to add to the list? Have you tried any of these styles? Let us know in the comment section.
- Caribbean reggae
- African dancing
- Chinese dancing class
- Israeli dancing
- Ballet and barre
- Jazz and jazzercise
- Pole dancing
Take a look back at our first blog post on physical activity to review the benefits, recommendations, and role that physical activity plays in cancer prevention.
Some cancer centers offer movement and dance based classes for cancer survivors. Check with you local support groups and community for opportunities in your area.
Be sure to speak with your physician and heath care team before starting any new exercise regimen or making changes to your current routine.