For some people, dance classes are nothing more than a palatable form of an exercise routine that helps their mind stay clear and their body healthy. Dancing for fitness, though, isn’t a new concept. The benefits of dancing are as long as they are important, so whether you’re planning to take the next step toward your instructor certification in Bombay Jam, Burlesque, Zumba, Salsa or your own unique creation, you should be aware of all the fantastic benefits dance exercise provide. Let’s dig in a bit further below:
- Helps you lose weight. Don’t like sports? Try dance fitness. It’s a handy alternative to sports activities. If the thought of spending hours at the gym, running on tracks or lifting weights at home doesn’t appeal to you, then dancing your way to weight loss and health might be a more fitting exercise.
- Helps tone your body. Unlike some dance exercises that emphasize the use of only a specific set of muscles, comprehensive fitness programs like Bombay Jam and Zumba allow you to use a wide range of muscles in their choreographies. Lunges and squats, for one, are a workout staple and prove an effective body toner. We’ve listed the target key areas of these exercises as according to WebMD, below:
- Core – Hip and midsection movements help make your core stronger.
- Arms – While traditional classes don’t focus on your arms, some dance fitness classes resort to weightlifting, which helps build and tone the muscles in your arms.
- Legs – Lunges and jumps in the choreography work to keep your quads and hamstrings tight and fit.
- Glutes – The dance routines also help keep your buttocks in firm shape.
- Back – Improved back flexibility is another side-benefit to these exercises.
- Gets you exited. If you think workouts are the devil—boring at best, torturous at worst—you’ll find dance exercises to be a fresh breath of life. The addictive tunes help get everybody in the mood to work out, dance and even socialize. It’s the kind of workout that is so organically enjoyable that your students won’t even be thinking about it as working out, or something they’re forcing themselves to do.
- Major stress reliever. One reason you might not be losing the extra pounds around your hips and thighs is stress. Joining a dance fitness class is an effective way to distract yourself from whatever form of stress you’re dealing with. Problems at work? Trouble in paradise? Just tired in general? As soon as you step into class and the music starts, you’ll find yourself pushing those worries aside and having fun in a class of positive people.
By giving yourself time away from your problems, you give yourself a fresh perspective to deal with them later on. It’s like coming up for air when you’re swamped with pressure from all sides. By indulging in dance exercise, you can forget the stress and just live in the moment, free of worries.
- Fit for any level. Whether you’re a devoted beginner or a long-time practitioner, it doesn’t matter. Dance fitness provides you with the workout you need, regardless of your health level. Even after years of doing Bombay Jam or Zumba, you’ll find how easy it is to adjust choreography moves to your expertise level.
Getting Your Certification
Have enough training in Bombay Jam or Zumba to become a certified instructor? Check out the particular sites of the program you’re interested in to learn how to obtain your dance instructor certification.
How to Become Certified
- Sign up. First thing you do is to find the date of any certification exams. Make sure it works with your schedule. When the timeframe works for your schedule, sign up.
- Be ready. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive a packet of materials along with instructions. Think of these as your review materials. Find out how much time you have to review. Then use your time wisely. Don’t cram too much into the last few days of your review. That might not be the best way to retain any of the information you need.
- It’s time! Be ready but don’t overprepare. Just relax. Go through some breathing exercises to stay sane and balanced. To make sure you wake up in fine form, sleep early the night before. Don’t try to sacrifice those review hours for much-needed sleep. A lack of sleep can compromise your concentration levels as well as make your body feel tired and sluggish.
- Results. Don’t stress yourself out waiting for the results. Put it out of your head by focusing on other responsibilities or hobbies. When the announcements come and you pass, you can breathe a sigh of relief that you won’t have to go through the process a second time. Good for you!
Having Fun with Your Class
It doesn’t really matter if you’ve been dance exercising for years or days — you’ll find something in it to love. And what better way to take that love for dance and your passion for self-improvement higher? By teaching others how to be active and happy with their bodies, you’ll succeed in spreading love, positivity and the aforementioned health benefits around.