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5 Reasons to Add Dance To Your Cardio Routine

It’s workout Wednesday! Time to share some more kick-butt fitness classes from the Propel blogger Co:Labs fitness festival in LA last month. Todays’ theme is all about moving and shaking to burn calories with two awesome dance classes! They’re much different calorie crunchers than the sweat-sesh we featured last week, but they’re just as effective and soooo much fun! The Vixen Workout & The NW Method are amaze, each unique and action-packed in their own way for an amazing workout! Checkout why it’s so important to mix in dance to your cardio routine below!

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5 Reasons to Add Dance To Your Cardio Routine

-Janet Jones, Vixen Workout Founder 

  1. Dancing gives your noggin’s memory, coordination, and focus areas an intense workout, leading to stronger synapses and beefed-up gray matter. The result: Dancers can be sharper in the short term and less likely to succumb to brain diseases in the long run. A New England Journal of Medicine study of 11 physical activities found that dancing was the only one that lowered dementia risk by a whopping 76 percent. 
  2. The ample flow of mood-improving chemicals that dancing releases can elevate your mental state. Just one dance session can slay depression much more than vigorous exercise or listening to upbeat music, according to a study in The Arts in Psychotherapy. Dancing with others also leads to less stress and stronger social bonds, key factors in both mental and physical health. 
  3. Truth is, shaking your booty is remarkably healthy, and not just in a fitness-and- weight-loss kind of way. Dancing can boost your brainpower, improve your outlook, grow your social circle, and protect your most important organs . . . even if you have no rhythm. It increases stamina because you’re constantly moving and keeping your heart rate up. When you stretch and elongate your limbs you’re also gaining flexibility and alertness.
  4. Dance tones and shapes muscles through impact and distinct movements. When you dance you are required to simultaneously move your arms and legs leaving no muscle group ignored. And When you are doing something that you truly enjoy, you can push back the point where you start to feel fatigued, and build up some stamina. You can forget that you are exercising, and just dance. Good music and fun moves can take your mind off of your workout. 
  5. Intimidation and tediousness can often be the biggest roadblocks to attracting people to complete effective cardio workouts. A dance-based workout can eliminate both of those barriers by keeping you entertained so it feels like a fun night out with your girls rather than a mundane hour at the gym. A dance fitness class inevitably provides a sense of companionship when working out so you’re never alone.

 What are your favorite dance workouts?

 

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