Beautiful lines and grace and gliding with the elegance of a butterfly, typically comes to mind when people think of ballet. Many walk away from a ballet performance whether live or on screen with the notion that, “ballet is for the young, daring contortionist!”
For the most part, ballet is something that many of us can learn and practice due to its diverse benefits for the body and mind. Research indicates that the movements of professional ballet dancers are as trying and arduous as football players! Here are the top three benefits of ballet technique training.
Fantastic Cardiovascular Workout:
If you are looking for creative ways to shed a few pounds, ballet is a fun way to do it. Ballet is tremendous for cardiovascular exercise. It energetically moves every muscle, assisting in burning fat and developing a toned physique. There have been various exercise programs created with inspiration from the difficulty of ballet barre. PureBarre is an example of ballet in the mainstream as a great form of cardiovascular exercise. The technique protects your joints as it does not involve any bouncing or jumping. Each strength section of the workout is followed by a stretching section in order to create long, lean muscle without bulk. Ballet in general, provides a full body workout.
Posture and Flexibility:
The fundamental prerequisite of ballet is to stand with the back, or spine, erect and the hips squared to create an elongated alignment. Shoulders are to be relaxed with head and neck in alignment as well. Your likelihood of developing good posture later in life greatly decreases due to the decrease in muscle mass. Poor posture can have devastating effects on the digestive, circulatory, and nervous system.
Ballet training often includes flexibility exercises that improve the ballet dancer’s extensions and turnout. For the non-professional dancer, increased flexibility will reduce the risk of damage by helping the joints glide through their complete scale of motion. A study by the American Journal of Physiology showed that the more flexible an individual is, the lower their vulnerability to heart problems.
Balance and Coordination:
Ballet dancers require balance to stand-on-point for several minutes at a time, or to turn and spin without tumbling over. Balance and coordination exercises are one of the main components in many sports. Many professional athletes practice ballet to improve their balance and coordination for better agility and more speed. For everyday people, the benefit of ballet balance and coordination exercises results in improved physical agility and mental alertness
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