If you’re looking for an alternative form of exercise that is hard work, fun and social at the same time, then taking a dance class alongside your regular personal training sessions and workouts might be the answer. There are many different forms of dance, so you should have no trouble finding one to suit you.
If you’ve moved to a new place it’s a great way to meet new people, especially since many classes finish with social, ‘free’ dancing into the evening. This isn’t just for the girls either; guys can learn some great new skills to impress on the dance floor, and male partners are always a welcome addition. If you think that dancing is too gentle and light, try a session and you’ll find out how wrong you are!
Ballet is perhaps the ultimate form of dance, and one that might be intimidating for beginners. However, you’ll be hard pushed to find a more thorough workout, as ballet uses all of your muscles consistently. It’s a disciplined but thrilling form of dance, and even after a few weekly classes, you’ll see the effect on your body; areas such as the stomach, legs and arms will feel more toned, posture will be improved and you’ll finish feeling tired and aching but happy.
Zumba is one of the newest crazes in dance and fitness, and no doubt you’ve seen posters advertising classes near you. Some personal trainers are fully accredited instructors themselves, or will certainly be able to recommend one. Zumba originated in Colombia and is a low-impact, high energy form of dance and exercise that combines many rhythms from salsa, mamba, flamenco, cumbia and bhangra which makes it impossible to stay still and not want to dance!
If neither of these takes your fancy, just try doing a search for dance classes in your local area; you’ll be surprised by the variety and range that you find. If you’re into modern music and moves you can use in the club, try a Street Dance class. For vintage flair and outrageous fun with a partner, Lindy Hop or Swing might be right up your street. Your personal trainer will be able to give you more details on any of these forms, and recommend good classes and teachers in your area.
If your looking at how to keep yourself motivated to exercise our Alternative Workouts article might give you a pointers.