Shimmy Your Way to Skinny

Belly dancing is a growing fitness craze. There are many benefits to belly dancing. The dance utilizes muscles in the abdomen, spine, and neck, even the pelvis and trunk. These moves help to promote the body and not work against it like in ballet.

Ballet can alter the skeleton but belly dancing is different.

ShimmyWhen you engage in belly dancing you are improving posture. Dance movements allow the joint and ligaments in the lower back and in the hip through full range of gentle motion. When done properly help to prevent lower back problems and these muscles become tone thus improving posture.

Your hips, arms and shoulders are exercised throughout the dance. These movements of lifts, circles and snake arms all work to tone the upper body.

Weight loss is also experienced when belly dancing. The body can burn 300 calories in an hour of belly dancing. Practicing belly dancing twice a week can easily help you burn the calories.

Belly dancing is a great way to reduce stress. The rhythm of the dance and the concentration will fill your mind with calmness. When you become stressed your body will naturally tense up. Belly dancing will relax your body and your mind.

If you want to experience natural childbirth, the art of belly dancing will help to prepare your body for childbirth. The muscle control needed through the dance will mimic those movements needed in childbirth. These same moves will help in post pregnancy exercise as well just as soon as you are released to exercise.