Pole Dancing as Alternative Fitness
Pole-dancing’s history as an erotic dance is undeniable and unavoidable. However, pole-dancing as a means of achieving better fitness is an idea that is quickly gaining popularity. This is a fun work out that offers a wide variety of health benefits to those who partake, including increased flexibility, balance, and coordination, while strengthening your arms and core. As our lives become increasingly busy, many find that this is also a great means of relieving stress while getting a great workout. Many women are also drawn to the idea of taking back pole-dancing from being something exclusively associated with stripteases and making it something which is empowering instead. If you’re tired of or uninterested in more traditional workouts like lifting, pole-dancing might be just up your alley.
A Wide Variety Of Benefits
Pole-dancing is an aerobic workout. Aerobic exercise is essential when it comes to overall health in many ways. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, it’s important to get 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity or 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity on a weekly basis, or some equal combination of the two. Improving cardio-vascular health is one of the main benefits, which is why the American Heart Association recommends aerobic exercise to ensure a stronger heart that is able to pump blood throughout your body as efficiently as possible. It also offers a wide variety of other benefits, such as lowering blood pressure, improving blood sugar regulation, improving your mental ability, even helping you sleep better. Getting all of your muscles involved, you’ll find that pole-dancing makes an effective choice for incorporating aerobic exercise into your everyday life.
Increase Your Flexibility
Many people are surprised to find out that pole dancing has many similarities to yoga when it comes to the benefits you can receive. Both were forms of exercise that began and had been practiced for centuries in the East, but later were adopted as Western practices. Those who practice pole-dancing find that their balance, muscle memory and even posture improve substantially. Similar to yoga, pole dancing also does a great deal to strengthen your core and your arm muscles.
A Welcoming Community
One of the advantages of pole dancing that you may not have considered is the fact there is an extremely open and welcoming community of fellow pole dancers. A quick search online will reveal that there are many pole dancing bloggers out there who are eager to share tips, ideas for music selections, and are quick to offer encouragement to those just starting out. Attending classes is also a great way of meeting like-minded people.
Pole dancing also offers psychological benefits in addition to being a great workout. There are few better ways of building your self confidence, especially as you become more advanced and can make your routine more your own. Like any form of dance, this is also a great means of self expression. These are benefits which can easily translate into increased confidence in your everyday life.
A Great Alternative To Lifting Weights
Adding a resistance band to your pole routine is not only a great way to get a more intense workout but also a great chance to spice things up and make it more interesting. Many people are turned off by the idea of going to the gym and lifting weights. However, with a resistance band, you can get many of the same strength building benefits in the comfort of your own home. You can also find a wealth of great ideas for incorporating a resistance band into your routine by browsing on YouTube. This is also a great way to help you achieve a pole inversion if you don’t yet have the upper body strength to do so.
You Can Do It At Home
Another great thing about pole-dancing is that this is an exercise you can do on your own schedule in the comfort of your own home. While attending classes is still recommended, being able to pole-dance at home is a great way to get your practice in for those with busy schedules, which certainly is many of us! If you’re on a budget or have limited space, you’ll find plenty of resources online to help you get started.
Transform Your Body!
Forget about the outdated stigma associated with pole-dancing and find out why this is becoming such a hot exercise trend. Don’t forget, while this has been associated with women, men pole-dance too. It offers benefits for everyone, and can transform your body while helping you to feel comfortable in your own skin. If you’re feeling intimidated, there are plenty of videos and online resources to help you get started.
Author: Dominic LoBlanco
"Dominic LoBIanco is a guest contributor on behalf of OrangeTheory Fitness. Dominic produces multimedia content on a wide array of topics."