That title’s for you, Bee Gees fans — we know you’re out there!
Can you dance your way to fitness? Yes! The instructors of the dance-inspired classes offered at Powell Wellness Center and PATH Recreation & Fitness Center will tell you – the benefits are impressive. Dance can improve heart and lung health, motor skills, strength and endurance, and balance and coordination. In addition to the physical benefits, improved mental function, self esteem, and well being are the other benefits of dance-inspired classes.
Ready to waltz into a class? The following observations will ease your way:
Bring your sense of humor and expect to smile. Think about the mood boosting properties of music – that is one of the benefits identified by instructor Kelly Rozwadowski. Kelly says, “A good song inspires you to move and makes exercise fun. There’s also something special about dancing as a group and feeling the beat together. It’s not unusual for members of the class to sing along, which is one way for me to measure how out of breath they may be!”
It’s ok if you’re not a Dancing with the Stars grad – neither are the people around you! “We are not shooting a music video and perfection is not something we’re striving towards,” notes Kelly. “My classes are multi-level which means I offer modifications to people who’d like to keep it lower impact or don’t like to turn, and I also offer progressions to those looking to take it up a notch. Picture the dance floor at a wedding reception; all ages and abilities moving to the music, but we’re not doing the exact same thing and that’s part of what makes it so fun.”
Think about your fitness goals and interests when choosing a class. What’s your preference? High intensity? Low impact? Considering your fitness goals will help you identify a class that’s right for you. Zumba is a high intensity choice, which uses almost as much energy as jogging or swimming laps, according to the American Heart Association. If you’d like lower impact, choose Zumba Gold, geared to active adults of all ages. One thing is certain: with these classes, no dance skills are required. The moves and steps are easy to follow, and as you become familiar with a routine you’ll grow more confident.
In addition to the classes mentioned above, PWC offers Retro Aerobics and Everybody Step. PRFC offers Step, Core & More, combining traditional step aerobics with abdominal work. With this variety – why not give a dance-inspired class a try?