Jump up and down in a challenging workout and dance at the same time? Are you kidding? It's understandable why the world of dance fitness can strike a chord of fear in many a fitness class wannabe. However, it's not just the music that's changed but the steps too. Many modern dance fitness classes are poles apart from the old-style aerobic classes you might remember from not so many years ago. Today, dance is incorporated into a workout to inspire you, rather than intimidate you and hold you back.
Look in any charity bin and you'll no doubt see the odd celebrity fitness aerobic workout video or DVD. While the leg-warmers and cheesy pop might have a retro, kitsch appeal, these days are gone. If you're out of step with fitness classes then you might not realize that there are many dance-related workouts that are fun, accessible and effective. If you think you can't dance don't worry as for many of these classes you really don't have to.
If you need a little extra encouragement, here are some positive pointers to help you get your dancing shoes on:
- Variety is the spice of life. Zumba, Bollywood, street dance, jazz, hip-hop and belly dancing. There are so many different styles of dance fitness that it's worth having a look at what's available.
- Beginners welcome. Contrary to having to be an expert dancer, many classes are not only open to complete novices but actively encourage them too.
- Focus on your goal. Do you want to be a dancer or do you want to get fit. If you want to improve your fitness levels then consider which type of dance fitness class is going to help you reach this target.
- Try before you buy. It's no good pondering on the sidelines. Sometimes you've just have to give something a go before you know if it suits you. You can try different sessions before you commit too. Don't try and imagine yourself taking part in a class, actually do it.
- It's not a competition. It's not just in dance fitness classes but every type of workout, there will always be a few people who are totally proficient and really stand out. Remember you're here to dance not to compete so let these class experts inspire you rather than knock you off your game.
- Choreography challenge. Look at how complicated the steps are and how much emphasis there is on complex routines. If you've struggled to remember a set dance in the past and this has put you off, find a dance fitness class that is more about movement and not trying to retain a long and involved sequence.
- Widen your horizons. What's great about dance fitness is that it not only works the whole body but it is really good fun too. You might find that you have hidden talents you didn't know about and really get into the swing of a certain class. If you do, then there is nothing more satisfying than moving to the rhythm with a few flowing moves.