At the start of every new year, if you’re like around 75% of the adult population, then there’s a pretty good chance you’ve made a resolution to make some changes to your lifestyle. It might be to shed a few extra pounds, to pick up a brand new hobby or learn a new skill, or maybe to do something to try and get rid of those unwanted feelings of stress that creep up on us all from time to time. What would you say if you could do something that would tick all of these boxes and more? It might just be that pole dancing could be the exercise regime for you.
It might not be the first thing you think of when you’re looking for a new way to get fit, but have you ever wondered how people who dance professionally, female strippers and sexy dancers look super ripped while performing those amazing moves? Well, a lot of that’s down to the way they train, and these days it’s easy for anybody to have a go and to reap the many health benefits of pole dancing. Let’s have a look at how many different ways you could change your life for the better.
1. Overall fitness
A 30-minute workout with a pole dancing class can burn easily the same number of calories as a run or a swim. The cardiovascular fitness improvements of being constantly on the move are quickly going to help you to feel fitter and drop calories. And let’s face it, there are going to be a lot more laughs than just running around the park or plodding up and down in the slow lane at the local pool.
Another of the many pole dancing fitness benefits is the change you can make to your flexibility. If you’ve ever watched a pole dancer in action, you’ll know very well that they can bend and twist in some impressive ways. Okay so you probably won’t be able to get your foot behind your head in the first lesson, but after a few classes you’ll be amazed at the improvements and find yourself able to move your body in ways you never thought possible.
Another one of the surprising benefits of pole dancing is to do with your awareness of your own body, known as proprioception. This is the way in which we know exactly where all the parts of our body are at any one time, and while we obviously have the ability to do this to a certain extent naturally, we can learn to do it even better with practice. This can improve your balance, agility and as you get older it can help you to avoid falls.
4. Bones and joints
For women, who are particularly prone to developing osteoporosis later in life, any activity that can help maintain and strengthen bones and joints has to be good news. One of the main health benefits of pole dancing is the gentle but repeated use of a range of muscles around knee, elbow and hip joints that will give a much greater stability to those areas.
5. Boost your self-esteem
Getting down to some great tunes while pulling off some sexy moves might seem a little daunting to begin with, but when you’re with a group who are all doing the same thing, it’s amazing how quickly most people take to it. And it doesn’t take long to build confidence in your abilities and your body. And that’s going to make you feel good about yourself in all manner of different ways. You might have thought that pole dancing fitness benefits were only about your physical fitness, but all the evidence suggests it’s a great boost for your mental health as well.