Who doesn’t like to get their groove on when the hottest new song comes on? I would not put myself into the category of a “big dancer,” or in fact a dancer at all, but from time to time when a good jam comes on the radio, I am guilty of pulling out my car dance moves.
Now what if I told you that you could work out by dancing? For some, this sounds much more appealing than hitting the machines or lifting heavy things. Dancing has more benefits than just completely embarrassing yourself and being totally okay with it! And Les Mills’ BodyJam class has come up with the perfect combination of good modern music, dance moves, and a workout all rolled into one class. And it's our group fitness class of the month.
Let’s take a look at the benefits of dancing, what BodyJam is really composed of, and why it can benefit you.
The Fitness Benefits of Dancing
Dancing is a great workout because it…
- Is a good way to stay fit for people of all ages, shapes, and sizes.
- Helps you tone, strengthen, and build greater endurance for your muscles.
- Has cardiovascular benefits.
- Has a very high enjoyment factor.
- Assists in weight management.
- Increases bone density due to weight-bearing exercise.
- Increases coordination and flexibility.
- Improves balance.
- Is a great way to meet other friends at the gym.
- Group fitness classes built around dancing can give you a new move for the next wedding you attend!
Working Out While Dancing
BodyJam is a dance-inspired cardio workout. This 60-minute class will get your heart rate going and elicit a pretty solid calorie burn. Not to mention that the music is constantly changing and being updated with the “what’s most hot” list. Sounds like the full package deal to me: you get to hear the latest songs, dance away, and get a cardiovascular workout all at the same time!
But for all of you out there like me with two left feet, fear not: this class is still for you! With an instructor leading the class and showing you the moves, you are sure not to get left behind.
Give It a Try at NIFS!
With the vast benefits of dancing, and the format of a Les Mills BodyJam class, I would say it’s worth a try! Check out the NIFS group fitness schedule for BodyJam class times. Classes are free to members. If you are not a member of NIFS currently, you can purchase a class pass at the NIFS service desk.
This blog was written by Amanda Bireline, Fitness Center Manager. To read more about the NIFS bloggers, click here.