Build the Body You Want: “Dance Your Way to Fitness”

Categories // LA Focus, Finding Your Pretty Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Build the Body You Want: “Dance Your Way to Fitness”

While growing up in Cleveland, my mother owned a dance studio.

Named after my brother, sister and myself, the Carla Mekall Thomas Dance Studio was where she taught all the neighborhood kids how to dance. This is where we learned ballet, jazz, modern jazz, tap and even gymnastics. In the summertime, this was the place to be. I really looked forward to Saturdays when my mother loaded up the car with as many kids as possible and headed to the studio where we’d dance our little hearts out.

I had no idea my love for dance would come to play the major role that it has in my life today. Dance is currently sweeping the nation as one of the biggest fitness craves around. It has become one of the most enjoyable forms of exercise and has a large number of health benefits.

Dance is a great overall workout. Research shows that dancing can keep both your mind and body healthy as you age. It helps strengthen and tone the body, increases stamina and flexibility, improves balance and posture, promotes weight loss and raises self-confidence.

If you haven’t taken a Zumba class you are missing the best party in town.

Zumba fitness is a Latin inspired, cardio-dance workout that uses music and choreographed dance steps to create a fitness party atmosphere. While many of the types of music and dance featured in the program are Latin- American inspired, classes also include everything from jazz and African beats to country and hip-hop and pop too. Zumba isn’t just a workout, it’s a party that you never want to leave.

Becoming a Zumba instructor was one of the best career decisions I’ve made. Through Zumba I’ve been introduced to many different forms of dance including; salsa, merengue, cha-cha and cumbia. It has allowed me to help clients in every level of fitness. It has also gives me the opportunity to workout with friends and family in ways that are not possible with traditional forms of exercise.

Dancing with family and friends has been one of the most personally rewarding aspects of my career.

Another extremely popular dance fitness craze is Hip-hop dance. Like Zumba, Hip-hop dance is a fun and effective way to burn calories and get your heart pumping. It’s a high-impact cardio workout that engages the entire body.

It increases stamina and endurance, tones the abdominals, strengthens the core, builds muscle tone and promotes weight loss. Hip-hop dance is set in a group fitness format that translates a variety of calisthenic exercises into exciting Hip-hop dance moves.

I teach an old school Hip-hop class that my clients absolutely love. The familiar tunes and dance moves allow them to show their stuff while working hard at executing dance steps and burning the most calories possible.

The range of movements required in Hip-hop dance has its participants burning off unwanted calories in no time.

Unlike Zumba, Hip-hop dance offers beginner, intermediate and advance class options. I love the flexibility of Hiphop.

By taking ongoing, advanced classes provided by other teachers I am able to stay current with all the latest dances moves while getting a great personal cardio workout as well. I try to take a Hip-hop class at least once per week. It keeps me feeling young, vibrant, healthy and alive.

When it comes to fitness, this unique style of dance tones the obliques, quads, glutes and more. There’s basically no reason not to get your twerk on. Twerking is a combination of twisting and jerking your booty. It’s the latest

dance trend currently going viral. Fitness experts tout

Twerk and Tone as a fun routine that can be included into any dance workout session. I will definitely be including it into one of my own dance workout classes.

I recently took a Booty Burn Dance Workout class with, the one and only Kearia LaShea. Her class was great. I learned to move in ways I never thought possible. If you like to dance and shake your booty like there’s no tomorrow,

Twerk and Tone is the perfect workout for you. It doesn’t take much to get a good workout when twerking.

It’s small, concentrated and controlled moves makes your body work harder. I have to admit, twerking was lots of fun and even made me feel sexy. Learning to do something

I never thought possible was really cool too.

Although I wouldn’t rely solely on twerking as my exercise regimen–personally, I love lifting weights and toning my arms too—I’ve made plans with Kearia Lashae to host an upcoming class very soon. I promise to keep you posted.

There are many forms of dance to try. All of them will keep you in good health while being lots of fun. Research shows any dance which requires you to learn specific steps actually increases brain power while improving memory.

Dancing has even been known to aid in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Remember, in order to make it stick you must make fitness an enjoyable and fun addition to your lifestyle.

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