Virgin Active is giving you something to ‘dance’ about this International Dance Day

The Virgin family loves boogie, and we’re certainly not alone. Recent studies show that dancing is more popular than ever, helping to boost weight loss, improve muscle strength, flexibility and reduce stress. It is a form of self-expression that helps us connect with the joy of movement.

With that in mind, her unsurprising dance has its own day every year, April 29. Created by the International Theater Institute (ITI) as a way to observe the power of dance – a universal language that overcomes social, economic and political barriers. This date also shares the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, the founder of modern ballet.

To mark the 40th anniversary of International Dance Day, head to Virgin’s Instagram channel at 10am GMT for a live dance workout with Virgin Active activist Kyle.

Without regular changes to keep things fresh, workout regimens can become repetitive and even a bit tedious. Dancing is the perfect antidote to liven up any gym routine with lots of different styles to choose from. There has also been an increase in workout dance classes, which combine modern aerobic routines with a dance twist. The likes of Zumba and Barre have surged in recent years.

Studies show that aerobic exercise can be as effective for weight loss as swimming, biking, or even jogging. Moving your body through dance increases your cardiovascular level, which in turn can boost your metabolism and put the body into calorie burning mode.

For an easy at-home workout, dancing requires no equipment or even studio space. Just ask our friends at Virgin Active, who have created the perfect class for those who want to switch up their workout and dance like no one is watching with their on-demand dance class, available via Online+ subscription.

“If you’re trying to stay consistent with your fitness goals, you need to find a workout that you enjoy,” says Virgin activist Kyle. “So with that in mind, incorporate exercise and dance to make your workouts enjoyable, eg to me, these aren’t even workouts anymore! Come join us as we exercise on the track dance. You can shake a leg with us!”

The yogis among us know the power of a good stretch to improve muscle tension and flexibility. We often try to dedicate time to yoga or stretching to avoid injury or muscle strain, but maintenance often drops. If this sounds familiar, find more flexibility by incorporating dance into your fitness.

The benefits of dancing can do wonders for your musculoskeletal system, helping you become more limber, increase your flexibility, and strengthen your posture. So when you’re feeling a little stiff after a day stuck at a desk, turn on some music and shake it up to release tension in the body and mind.

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Have you ever watched a celebrity dance show and wondered how the stars manage to remember all the new routines and

d steps? It turns out that dancing boosts our cognitive abilities, which aids memory retention and improves our decision-making process. This allows us to absorb more information and act more quickly in the moment.

As you get older, balance and coordination don’t come so easily. Dancing can help with diminished reactive reflexes and is known to improve overall body balance, stability, strength, and hand-eye coordination.

Dancing is a great mood booster, why? It’s time for a science lesson: dancing releases dopamine, a brain chemical that produces high emotional sensations. The combination of moving our body while listening to music increases our dopamine levels and stimulates our neurotransmitters. These transmitters transmit messages from our brain to our body. So when we dance, we not only produce more feel-good chemicals, but our bodies receive more of them. So when your body feels good, so does your mind.

Dance classes and dance style workouts often take place in groups, making it a great way to meet new people and expand your social circle. So whether you already have a go-to dance partner or are looking for a new one, you’ll be sure to find one on the dance floor.

Colleen D. Ervin