Give in to your inner wild child with aerobic dance. Moving to music is one of the oldest forms of expression; but it offers benefits beyond the obvious stress release. Improved cognitive skills, stamina and strength; not to mention the social aspect are among the advantages. There is a lot to recommend aerobic dance as an exercise; but make sure you're aware of the drawbacks as well, so that you can make a educated choice.
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Dance aerobics is generally a high-energy workout that aims to improve your cardiovascular endurance. Workouts are typically set to fast-paced music that determine the pace and rhythm of your movements. This approach to exercise helps optimize the amount of calories you burn by keeping your heart rate elevated throughout a session. Dance aerobics is therefore ideal if you are trying to lose weight and tone muscles. The various stepping and jumping movements can be enhanced by incorporating a stepper into your routine, and you can hold light dumbbells to make your arms and shoulder work harder.
Aerobic dance requires you to memorize a number of steps. Your instructor may start a workout with one simple movement and add more and more movements to the sequence as the workout progresses. This type of mental training can help you improve your cognitive skills. According to AARP, you are less likely to develop dementia if you dance at least two times a week. Dance can also help improve the memory of Alzheimer's patients. The fast pace of dance aerobics forces you to quickly adapt to sequence changes and remember new steps. In this sense, dance aerobics keeps you on your toes, both physically and mentally.
The repetitive stepping and jumping that dance aerobics consists of is not beneficial if you have joint, bone or ligament problems. The jarring impact can take a toll after a while on joints like the knees and ankles, and leave you aching and sore after a workout. Dance aerobics classes that use steppers can make it especially difficult for you to keep up, if you have joint issues. Most of the movements performed in dance aerobics are high-impact and are not suitable for you if you have weak bones, a history of joint problems or are recovering from an injury.
Dance aerobics are nearly always held in a class setting, and makes meeting new people with similar fitness interests easy. This is an advantage if you enjoy working out with others and become motivated in a social environment. Class settings are a disadvantage if you don't feel comfortable exercising with others around you. Dance aerobics classes are generally loud and energetic. If you are intimidated easily or don't enjoy such an environment, then dance aerobics is most likely not suited for you.