If you have never tried belly dancing, then you must give it a try! Belly dancing is a superb way to tone your muscle, keep your body fit, reduce stress, and learn to feel comfortable about yourself.
Belly dancing is a great way to improve your overall physical fitness as it gently tones and firms all major muscle groups, and especially abdominals, arms, upper back, hips and thighs. It involves serpentine head, neck and arm movements, as well as abdominal undulations and hip isolations, rotations, and shimmies.
But the greatest thing about this fabulous dance is that it teaches you to balance your body, as well as to isolate different muscle groups, in order to achieve more circular movements.
Belly dancing consists of moving certain parts of your body, while keeping the others still and firm. It also involves isolating major muscle groups like hips, and working them in opposition to the snake like movements of arms, upper torso, neck, shoulders, and head. It is actually a whole-body dance!
Through undulating, circular, and vibrating movements of stomach and hips, belly dancing tones and firms the transverse abdominis, which is the deepest, innermost layer of abdominal muscles! Still doing boring sit-ups?
Apart from strengthening transverse abdominis, belly dancing tones also all other abdominal muscles, such as internal and external obliques, as well as rectus abdominus, which helps you build a perfect six-pack!
Belly dancing strengthens quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, arms, and back muscles.
By strengthening back muscles, it promotes good posture and prevents back injuries.
During the belly dance, body weight is constantly shifted from one leg to another. In this way the impact on knees, ankles, and joints is minimal as they are strengthened in a safe way.
Apart from toning your muscles, belly dancing is a gentle form of aerobic exercise that can help you burn up to 300 calories per hour!
Inspired by undulating Middle Eastern melodies, belly dance consists of swaying, circular, fluid and repetitive movements that can induce a state of mental relaxation and reduce the build-up of daily stress.
As far as self-confidence is concerned, belly dancing will help you appreciate and love your body and become more comfortable with it. If you have voluptuous curves and a few extra pounds, belly dancing will teach you to love them as very sensual features of your body!
Ready to go belly dancing? I heartily recommend it to everyone, and I really think that you should give it a chance. Let us know in the comment section below.
Jessica is a translator who has lived for many years in Asia and South America. She now lives and works in Europe, while preparing her new journeys. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people, exploring different cultures and foods, and being in love.
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