If you are looking into starting any kind of fitness routine, but you still want it to be super fun and interesting, dance classes are maybe the perfect thing for you. However, practising technique, movements, expression, and being in touch with your body while dancing is hard work, and you will lose calories, so here are some tips on how to rock your cardio dance class.
Start with the right attitude
Many of us don't actually know how dance classes work, and you may feel intimidated and uncertain about your abilities. Well, if you are not thinking about becoming a professional, then you should not worry about it. The goal is to have fun and get fit in the process, so have that in mind when you start.
Get the right gear
Like any other sport, dance requires certain equipment. First of all, getting the right shoes is crucial, and you want them to be comfortable and durable. It is always a good idea to invest in quality dancewear like leggings, tops, shorts, and skirts, but also make sure they are the right size, and they show the movement of your body. You can even get all the additional stylish and useful pieces like leg warmers, hats, and gloves.
Learn from your classmates
Surely there will be more and less experienced dancers in your group. Instead of being embarrassed, or intimidated by them, the best idea is to learn from them. Copy their moves, follow them when you get lost, or even ask them to show you a movie you didn't quite get. Getting in the first lines will also help you try harder, which means more calories lost.
Make the most of it
Dancing includes complex motions and they are rarely the same motions over and over again, like with many other sports. This means that your muscles work hard to keep up, and they get stronger from those moves as well. So, making the most of every class is important if you want to see the results.
Get into it
If you want the classes to show some effect and lead you to a fit and lean body, you better get into it as much as you can. Don't just mark the moves, rather include your whole body, your arms, legs, and even face. You will burn lots of calories, and your body will get comfortable with the movement.
Learn to follow the rhythm
One of the most important things in dancing is to learn to follow the rhythm. Even if you lose it at one point, it will be easier to go back to the combo and make it look smooth. In the beginning, your dance teacher will probably mark the rhythm by clapping their hands, or feet, so try to remember that and practice at home when listening to music.
Practice whenever you can
To get the right technique, you have to practice a lot. This is a good thing because practice leads to perfection, and you will have many benefits in the process. Your balance and posture will improve. You will have more strength, and you will able to endure more because dancing does make you work up a sweat. Your motor function and coordination will improve as well.
Don't be afraid to ask
Like in school, the dance teacher is there to show you the moves and help you learn. Whenever you are not sure about certain steps, it is better to ask them and go over it slowly, so you can catch up, rather than doing it on your own, and being confused. This can help reduce any injury because doing the move correctly hits the right muscles.
Accept the criticism
Dance teachers may criticize you from time to time. If it is constructive criticism and they are not being rude, don't take it personally. Try to incorporate those tips while dancing, and just give your best, which will be enough for them to notice how hard you're trying.
Don’t miss classes
Your dance teacher may incorporate cardio training every once in a while, which is very important if you want to get enough strength to finish the whole combo. Don't miss out on these classes, and try your best because it is what will help you become fit.
Dancing is, first of all, a great way to get in shape, lose weight, and get fit. However, it is also so much more than just that. It is learning to connect with your body, it teaches you discipline, hard work, and dedication. So, the next dance class you have, try to apply these tips and have fun doing it.