Is Dancing a Good Form of Exercise?

There are a lot of exercises available. Some of them are fun and exciting. Some others are tiring. You might want to give up even before you get started. Of all the exercises available, perhaps dancing is one of the best.

In the process, you are using your entire body. You also lose a lot of weight since it is a form of cardio exercise. You might not even feel that you are in the process of weight loss. You simply enjoy the music and feel the groove.

If you are in a dance class, it is even more exciting. There is someone leading the group. You also don’t feel silly dancing without someone else doing the same thing.

Just give it a try and in just a few minutes, you will sweat a lot. Forget dumbbells and the treadmill. Dancing is the best solution to your weight loss problems.

The best part is that you are having so much fun. When you do treadmill or weights, you might feel like you are being punished. You are using your entire energy without rest. You might also think that you have worked really hard, but you still don’t see positive results. This is because of how bodies react to cardio exercises.

However, if you are going to try dancing as a form of weight loss exercise, you are almost guaranteed of great results. Even those who are currently overweight may still enjoy the benefits of dancing. You can also see results in a much faster time. This only means that you have to give it a shot now.

Buy your dancing shoes and start moving. If you think there are other exciting exercise techniques aside from dancing, you may also try them out. You just have to combine various techniques in order to lose weight. You can buy the best walking shoes for an overweight man if you intend on walking a few miles each morning before heading to work.

It is ultimately your choice on what exercise technique to use. The key is consistency. Make sure that you are consistent with whatever you do to see the best results possible.

A Dancer’s Trick for All-Day Energy

sleepyThe average person finds themselves lacking energy at one point or another throughout the day. Some of us find it difficult to get a quick start in the morning. Others find it hard to maintain energy after lunch. Most of us find it nearly impossible to be full of energy after putting in a full day of work at the office.

It can be even harder to find that energy if your job is physically demanding. Construction workers, labourers, and anyone required to stand for a full eight hour shift is far more likely to be physically exhausted at the end of the day. One interesting trick for all-day energy comes from a person with a job that is far more physically demanding than any of those, though: my friend, a South Asian dancer performing in London.

Mother Knows Best When it Comes to Energy

Aabha, which is an Indian name meaning “beautiful glow,” found herself in a difficult situation. She not only had to spend several hours rehearsing her dance routines every day, but also needing to maintain her energy through five different performances each night. It was physically strenuous and kept her from having the energy she needed to enjoy her free time with her friends and family.

She spoke to her mother about her difficulties and was surprised at the obviousness of her suggestion. He mother simply asked her if she was getting enough sleep. While Aabha was getting about seven hours each night, she often found that she would toss and turn frequently. She would also wake up with sore muscles most mornings.

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep is the Trick

Her mother suggested she do a few things in order to get some sleep. First, she knew that Aabha was probably staying up late, watching television or browsing the internet. This causes the circadian rhythm to be thrown out of sync, and makes it harder for us to fall asleep when we do lie down. Her mother encouraged her to skip the television and internet at least an hour before going to bed. Another good option for those that can afford is to invest in an electronic massage chair.

She also encouraged her to look into buying a new mattress. Her mother knew that the tossing and turning was likely the result of a mattress that wasn’t properly supporting Aabha’s body. After researching her options she purchased a memory foam mattress and quickly found that her sleep wasn’t interrupted by tossing and turning like it once was.

While she isn’t always able to get the amount of sleep she’d like, she’s found that following her mother’s suggestions allows her to get the quality of rest she needs. There’s a clear difference for her between the energy she has after a good night’s rest and how she feels when she is up late watching TV, or sleeps for less than eight hours.

Implement these tips in your life and you’re far more likely to have the all-day energy you’re looking for. If they work for a South Asian dance with a physically demanding schedule, they’re almost certain to work for you, too.

How you can use South Asian Dancing to keep fit

dancing2South Asian dancing really is a wonderful way to put fitness and culture into your life. Learning these dance styles will increase your flexibility, your balance and leave your body feeling strong and toned. They also give you a great cardio workout that will improve your heart health in a fun and engaging way.

You get a mental boost from them as well. The slow, flowing movements help calm you and let you de-stress from anything upsetting you. To learn them you must begin by centering yourself so this practice will help. The health benefits of South Asian dancing are enormous. Physically and mentally, you will feel better and look more toned through performing these traditional routines. It’s been proven that physical exercise releases good feelings. It helps to fight off depression and stress and helps lower your blood pressure. Daily exercise is the top recommendation of many doctors for those looking to improve their overall health.

Preparing your body beforehand

That same daily exercise routine can put you into the shape you need to learn South Asian dance. These dance forms require muscle control and discipline of movement. The fast paced footwork and vigorous spins also take a great deal of energy. When you come to the lesson to learn the dance, it will help if you’ve prepared your body to have the stamina and strength you will need.

Keeping yourself in shape and toned will help you keep a level of energy that allows you to lead an active and satisfying life. That energy can come in a variety of ways. Walking, jogging and swimming are all excellent types of exercise to increase your lung capacity, strengthen muscles and improve your overall heart health. When I go to the gym, I often like to use the rowing machines since they also help with strength. Taking a long hike on a regular basis helps increase your long term stamina, strengthen your muscles and improve your heart. It can also improve your mental health, allowing you time to let go of the stress and worry that can be at the root of so many other health issues.

It’s easy to forget the simple steps you can take to improve your overall health and therefore your energy level. Exercise is only one part of getting into shape. To get the most benefit from any exercise routine, you need to provide the other essentials your body requires for good health: remember to stay hydrated and to eat a balanced diet. Caffeine can be a quick energy boost but staying hydrated takes more than a cup of coffee. Keep water handy to sip on while you dance. Give your body the nutrients it needs through a variety of healthy foods. If you’re expecting your body to have the strength it is only fair that you provided the raw materials your muscles need to operate at the peak of fitness. Enjoying a fitness routine that includes South Asian dance forms will be far easier when your body has the strength and stamina to put the effort needed into your workout.

Tips for Keeping Energy Levels High when Dancing

dancing-energyDancing is a great way to put a little fitness into your life while having loads of fun. South Asian dancing in particular makes for an enjoyable and healthy exercise routine. The movements and spins are a good cardio workout and the repetition of routines makes doing enough exercise easy and enjoyable. While you’re getting all this benefit from using dance as your fitness choice, you still need to remember that you need energy to complete any fitness program. Dancing can use up a lot of energy so you want to be sure you’re ready for that. There are some ways to help boost your energy level so you have the stamina to enjoy the dance routines.

The Magic of Healthy Diet

Though undoubtedly one of the best ways to make sure you have the energy for any exercise regimen is to follow a healthy diet. Giving your body the nutrients it needs is an important way to maintain good health as well as high energy. You also need to stay hydrated. Make sure you have water with you when you dance. Don’t forget to use it when you take breaks either.

Certain types of natural stimulants, such as coffee, can give you a needed energy boost as well. Although there are many that feel caffeine is never good for you, it is the most popular stimulant in the world. A jolt from the caffeine found in coffee can give you a boost when your energy levels are lagging. It’s important to know your own tolerance and to try and avoid caffeinated coffee later in the day where it might interfere with your sleep. Caffeine in your system generally spikes within the first hour after drinking a cup of coffee. The jolt can stay in your system for up to eight hours, so keep that timeline in mind and know when to cut yourself off. For convenience I normally make my coffee at home using my trusty Cuisinart which I purchased after reading plenty of reviews and seeing it is one of the best coffee makers.

Tea can offer a caffeine boost as well. Eight ounces of green or black tea contains close to 40 mg of caffeine. The same amount of coffee contains almost 100 mg of caffeine, making its power to boost your energy levels far greater. Whichever one you choose, don’t forget to drink water too. While new studies show that caffeine does not dehydrate you, water is still the best choice.

The need for Regular Exercise

Another way to make sure you have the energy you need for your dance routines is to do other forms of daily exercise that conditions your body. Swimming, walking, and yoga all make your body flexible and toned. This makes your muscles better able to learn and perform the hand and body movements required for South Asian dancing. Hiking in parks or along trails is a good way to increase your lung capacity. Taking a hike in a beautiful wooded area also helps your mental state, allowing you to de-stress and relax your mind. Many of the styles of South Asian dancing include the importance of facial expressions and gestures. Having a serene state of mind will help you develop those expressions.

The Beautiful Festival in Edinburgh

edinburgh-festivalLive dance performances are an amazing way to see truly beautiful dance forms showcased with dazzling costumes and sensual music set against a powerful background. Such a performance was recently held at a small cultural festival in Edinburgh. South Asian dancers performed along with several other folk dance groups from around the world. The combination was a brilliant reminder of the diverse traditional cultures from all over our globe. Each one held the audience spellbound with their skill and their movements. I had gone to see friends perform and found myself enjoying the entire festival.

The first set of dancers performed the classical Kathak style of South Asian dancing. Each performance ran about ten minutes and the audience was very appreciative. The spins and flowing movements accented the beautiful costumes the dancers wore and the music came through the speakers perfectly.

The DJ was fantastic

The person acting as DJ clearly knew how to engage an audience. He explained the dance style and the meaning behind the movements and gestures that conveyed the story each dance told. He had a great gift for making people listen and by the time the dancers took the stage the audience was excited about what they were going to see. His equipment had great clarity and the music flowed out of the speakers at just the right levels. Along with his mixer and speakers, he had some lighting that accented the whirling dancers, blending their colourful costumes into a rainbow of fluttering movement. The set-up he provided added a great deal to the performance. The backdrop provided by the festival was perfect for the colours chosen by the dancers as well. Everything came together to make this performance amazing. The dancers received a standing ovation when they were done.

An ode to the extremely talented dancers

Some of the dancers were from the school where I take lessons (see here) as well and they are hoping to form a professional company that can perform all over the world. Many of these dancers have studied the classical South Asian dance forms for most of their lives, dedicating themselves to preserving and presenting this traditional style of dance. They all currently live in Edinburgh and this festival was the perfect opportunity to try their hand at a live performance. It is just this kind of practice and attention they need to market their professional troupe. With the rave reviews they received from the Edinburgh festival, I believe they are on their way to accomplishing their dream.

New technology captured the whole thing!

Along with all the wonderful written compliments and attention they got, there were also some photographs to go with it. Aerial drone photography was taken of each performance at the festival so these dancers have some amazing shots of their performance to include in future publicity packets. Festival organizers engaged an aerial drone photo service to get these incredible shots, hoping to publicize not only the individual artists but the festival itself. After seeing the great images they got, I’d have to say that they have what they need for next year’s festival.