Get Heart Fit with Belly Dancing

Belly dancing, its beautiful, exotic, expressive and quite possibly one of the oldest forms of dancing.

With roots stemming from ancient cultures such as the orient to India to the mid-East, belly dancing’s greatest appeal is the benefits it has on your body.

As someone who loves to eat healthy, I believe that staying fit does not end with the food you consume. Being active on a daily basis can do wonders for your body, especially your heart.

Belly dancing, in my opinion is probably one of the greatest workouts ever. Although I love going to the gym (okay it’s a love/hate relationship), nothing can make as happy as dancing. I mean, look at Shakira, she’s an amazing belly dancer. She’s evidence that belly dancing is good exercise. I mean, seeing is believing and her hips don’t lie.

Belly dancing improves posture, tones the body, burns calories (did you know that you can burn up to 300 calories per hour?!), boosts body confidence and reduces stress.

Being heart fit, above all else, is most important. I love the fact that it reduces stress. Stress affects us physically, emotionally and mentally. So many of us get stressed over work, families, school, you name it. Isn’t it time we do something that will help us?

Get up and move. You’ll feel glad you did.

Another great thing about belly dancing, the outfits. They’re gorgeous!

I can’t wait to start my belly dancing classes in March.

In the meantime, tell me what you do to stay healthy.

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This post was inspired by Ride for Heart 2012. Ride for Heart is an imitative created by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Now in it’s 25th year, Ride for Heart is a fundraising campaign which calls upon Canadians to get on their bikes and ride to support vital research and programs to help eliminate heart disease and stroke. It’s something that I believe in whole-heartedly.

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