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What is Dancercise?

B. Miller
B. Miller

Dancercise is a form of exercise that blends aerobics and dance moves. Many people find dancercise to be more fun than traditional exercise, because it is done to music, and participants learn actual dance moves. There are many instructional videos and DVDs as well as gym classes that specialize in teaching this type of energetic aerobic dancing.

Any aerobic activity that increases the heart rate for an extended period of time will help burn fat and encourage weight loss. For that reason, dancercise is an excellent activity for those who want to lose weight and get in shape, but who may have trouble sticking to a traditional aerobic exercise routine, such as jogging, swimming, or even traditional aerobics. In addition, dancing works muscles throughout the entire body, which will improve strength. Finally, learning dance moves instead of simple repetition, as in most aerobics classes, will help to improve dancing ability and muscle coordination.

Man with hands on his hips
Man with hands on his hips

Another benefit to dancercise is that it can be enjoyed by people of all ages, including kids. Kids will enjoy getting to dance while making new friends and socializing in classes, without the pressure of a formal dance class. Taking classes like these can also help improve kids' concentration.

Dancercise classes are available for many different types of dance. Most are very high energy, with an enthusiastic instructor. For those who may be embarrassed by a group class, or do not have time to go to the gym, there are many instructional videos, DVDs, and online clips to teach aerobic dance. Once one has mastered some of the moves, it is then possible to improvise a program.

To create a dancercise program independently, it is best to begin with some upbeat, enjoyable music that will last for the length of time needed for exercise. Planning the program in advance may be helpful for some people, or simply having fun and improvising the dance moves as the music plays can be equally effective. As long as the body is constantly moving, and the heart rate is up, the aerobic exercise will be effective.

Remember to stay hydrated when dancing for exercise, and to warm up before exercising with some gentle stretches and light aerobics, such as jumping jacks. Cool down at the end of an aerobic dance session with some slower moves, by taking a short walk, or doing some gentle stretching to prevent muscle aches. For those who want to exercise and have fun at the same time, dancercise is an excellent idea.

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