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4 exercises to strengthen the muscles needed for floor-work
If you have taken up dancing having never done it before, you will find yourself using muscles you are unaccustomed to. These will ache at first, however after time and exercise, you will grow used to using them and build them up over time. Here are four exercises designed to strengthen these muscles:br /br /1. strongWeight training/strong - Dancers are incredibly strong and they need to be to be able to perform all the moves they do. a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_1bWDaNWCufc/TSxpUUCbXEI/AAAAAAAAAqY/L6DdbIbJAMw/s1600/Yoga.jpg"img style="MARGIN: 10px; WIDTH: 237px; FLOAT: left; HEIGHT: 245px; CURSOR: hand" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5560935437592910914" border="0" alt="" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_1bWDaNWCufc/TSxpUUCbXEI/AAAAAAAAAqY/L6DdbIbJAMw/s320/Yoga.jpg" //aBallerinas, for example, need strong arms and legs in order to be able to hold positions and poses for long periods of time. In order to build up your limb strength, it is an idea to do some basic weight training. Now, we're not talking about massive dumb bells here, but light weights that will gradually tones your legs, arms and back.br /br /2. strongYoga/Pilates/strong - Your muscular core is used extensively in dance and as such, many dancers do pilates and/or yoga to strengthen these muscles. By doing so, dancers are able to hold their body in positions for longer as well as minimising risk of injury. Yoga and pilates also allows you to build up muscles you might not otherwise use. (Learn more on a href="http://www.wellnessandsauna.co.uk/Articles/"Yoga and Relaxation/a).br /br /3. strongGo swimming/strong - Dancing not only works your muscles, but also your cardio-vascular system. It is therefore important to make sure you regularly work your heart. Jogging or running are good options, but swimming is probably the best as it not only exercises every muscle, but is an excellent way of keeping fit.br /br /br /4. strongStretching/strong - Once you have worked all these muscles, the only way to improve your flexibility is to stretch your muscles. You can do this in everyday life by taking longer strides, holding your stomach in and reaching out your arms as far as they go. By doing a series of stretching exercises before and after dance, you will reduce the chance of injury.br /br /------Now on World Belly Dance - a href="http://www.worldbellydance.com/events.html"Belly dance events/a and a href="http://www.worldbellydance.com/guides/"Dancing guides/a.div class="blogger-post-footer"img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/29399419-5141568750962782874?l=www.worldbellydancer.org' alt='' //divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/BellyDanceWorld/~4/10YIS17RzM0" height="1" width="1"/ More...
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