Belly Dance Low Impact Form of Fitness
Have you ever wondered if Belly Dance was a good form of exercise? Well start believing.
Belly Dancing has been described by Greek historians from the first and second century, but is a much older tradition than that. It’s roots date back to ancient cultures in the Middle East, India, Mediterranean and North East Africa!
A misconception is that it was performed to entertain men. Originally practiced as a fertility ritual and during pre-marriage ceremonies. In the majority of cases, men were not permitted to be present during the rituals!
Belly Dance has many health benefits:
- The main focus is the body torso beautified with hand movements.
- It improves body posture and muscle toning. The dance includes hip drops, circles, figure eights with hips, and shimmies. These movements give the joints, ligaments in the lower back and hip a full range of gentle, repetitive motion. These movements help increase the flow of synovial fluid (nature’s lubricant) in the joints.
- This is an ideal form of exercise for people who suffer from arthritis, lupus, and any muscle and joint aches.
- Belly Dance is considered a weight-bearing exercise because women are on their feet. It may help prevent osteoporosis and strengthen bones in elderly individuals.
- No impact on joints and muscles.
- Strengthens the spine.
- Tones arms, legs, and core.
- Aids digestion.
- Stress reduction.
- Prepares for childbirth.
The practice of Belly Dance can also be used as a form of meditation; a connection between the belly dancer and the music, instruments, and rhythms. It assists the dancers with becoming more aware of their own body control. You can expect to burn anywhere between 250-400 calories per hour, about the same as what you get from eating a cheeseburger!
Whether you want to try Belly Dance for the experience as a work out, you’ll be sure to improve your self confidence and awareness of your own body!