You tried jogging and found that your knees would rather not do that any more. Then you tried yoga and found out that not only are you as coordinated as a lame albatross but you are just about as flexible too. Pilates didn’t do it for you, and you hated kickboxing. You ride the bike every now and then but the weather is going to be iffy for several months at a time. You read an article and that gives you the idea to try: the belly dancing workout.
Like anyone who has been through this many different types of exercises, you are bound to have a number of questions and you are going to be a little skeptical. Put your worries to rest, you will not only have a good time with the belly dancing workout, but you actually will get all of the benefits of other exercises.
While you are belly dancing, you are working your core muscles including the deep abdominal muscles. You are also working your other muscles including the shoulders and the legs. Additionally, you are going to be working those muscles at different speeds and in different orders which keeps the muscles from learning the routine and becoming too efficient at the movements.
The more that you do the movements, the better you will be at them. It challenges you to work for balance, grace and control. Some of the movements also challenge you to work for speed as well.
In addition to helping you gain balance and grace, the belly dancing workout can also help you regain some of your flexibility. As you keep moving and as you lose weight, you will find you are able to move your body far more than you ever could.
You start with a slow shoulder shimmy and build, layer by layer until you are working your top like a real belly dancer. The same goes for the hip shimmy which has you twisting your hips back and forth slowly at first and then faster and faster until your booty is a blur and you are completely in control but out of control at the same time and feeling just like a goddess.
You may not be thinking about it as a workout while you are listening to the sensuous music and undulating like a snake but you are really working- your heart rate is pumping, oxygen in blasting through your body, you might even end the workout nice and sweaty. That is the advantage of the belly dancing workout- you get all the hard work without thinking about the effort you are putting into it. The time flies by and you are finished working out before you know it. You feel great and you get a good workout in the process.