They say you’re never too old to try something new. This goes for food, fashion or even exercise. We’re pretty good at reading up on all the latest dance fads, exercise routines and a combination of the two (not too good at practicing them though!) and a new ballet class caught our fancy. It’s hard to blame us when all the ballerinas in their pretty tutus looked so pretty. So we signed ourselves up for a month-long dancercise session. Here’s what we learned about ballet for adults.
First things first, don’t join a ballet class in your mid-twenties expecting to become a ballerina, unless, of course, you have the drive, the dedication and a lot of free time (each hour of which you will spend practicing) to spare. Basic things like posture and build affect your ability to do ballet, which is why, if you choose to join a ballet class later in life, be realistic about your expectations.
Primarily, ballet is a combination of a lot of fine movements that exercise your legs, buttocks and abs. So instead of vigorous gestures, you’re concentrating on the finer motions. This repetition helps strengthen muscles and add significant tone. When followed by beautiful ballet routines that involve movement, these muscles are lengthened, much like any other fitness program.
Beat the blues
Ballet has proven to help deal with physical issues such as neck and back pain. It’s also one of the remedies for anxiety and depression since it helps uplift our mood and give the body a much-needed boost of energy. So sign up if you’re ailing or wailing!
Assess your fitness level
Before you begin your ballet class, remember to assess your level of fitness. If you’ve recently recovered from a back or leg injury, maybe you could opt for something lighter instead. Since ballet can be very demanding, you need to work hard and be consistent by attending your classes regularly. Once you truly begin to enjoy your class, you’ll be dancing your way to a leaner body in no time.
Written by Nazneen Joshi on Apr 23, 2014