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The dreary winter days are upon us and most evenings would much rather be spent indoors, steaming over a hot bowl of soup than devising an exercise plan. But just as quick as summer ended, no doubt it will be back again before you can even utter the words, ‘muffin top’, so it’s best to start on the summer body pre-winter. Let’s be honest, no woman enjoys laborious cardio training and given a few months of treadmill sessions in the gym it’s likely that even the most fitness-crazed women will retreat back to their usual sloth habits, because it just isn’t very much fun. The answer is to simply find a happy medium - an activity that you enjoy enough to continue, so why not consider a dance class?
Zumba was the latest phenomenon to gain worldwide popularity - originating in Colombia, this Latin-inspired dance had women sashaying to classes all across the UK and is a fabulous workout (so I’m told), but there are so many other styles and each one is guaranteed to make you sweat and smile at the same time.
Unlike a lot of other sports, dance is an all-over workout which means that while it’s encouraging a healthier heart and lungs, you’re losing fat, creating both leaner and stronger muscles, improving flexibility, agility and balance. Not to mention the mental and social benefits attached, like boosting your energy levels, increasing self-esteem and confidence, relieving stress and also being a great place to make new friends.
I went to a Contemporary dance class myself this week at Sunshine Studios because it’s a hobby I reluctantly stopped and also I want to look amazing naked without resorting to pricey gimmicks. To sum my experience up in one word: painful - I had bumps on my knees from all the floor work and my four-year dance break caused an immense amount of muscle ache that burned from my bum-cheeks up my torso. But no pain, no gain ladies, and the benefits definitely outweigh the initial discomfort - take it that I said so
Classes in your local area can be found easily on Google, but here are some links for you.
Dance Xchange, Birmingham
Ace Dance and Music, Birmingham