Let’s Dance! The Benefits Of Samba Dancing

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Brazil is not only famous for hosting upcoming The 2016 Summer Olympics, it is also known as the country of Samba!
Samba is an old Brazilian style of dance that has many different variations. It has been performed as a street dance at carnivals for almost 100 years! Through time, Samba, also known as the Brazilian Waltz, has been transformed into a ballroom dance that features in a lot of competitions and is one of the most popular dances around the world. In recent times, Samba has been recognised as a beneficial exercise and is already a well-known fitness workout in a lot of gyms and fitness centres.

So, how can Samba benefit my health? Well, there are multiple reasons why you should be running to your nearest Samba class and getting a life time membership, and not all of them are the obvious ones you may be thinking of.

Breathing
I know it may seem strange to add this one to the list of benefits, but trust me, it is a genuine benefit and a very good one. Samba dancing gives us the ability to breathe more efficiently and, however ludicrous it sounds, there are a lot of people that don’t know how to breathe properly. When we participate in Samba, we stretch and move our bodies in ways we are not used to, which gives our lungs more space to expand allowing more oxygen to enter our bodies. When we have a plentiful supply of oxygen in our bodies, it allows our cells to function more effectively giving us more energy, an increased state of alertness, and the ability to repair damaged tissues in the body. Prolonged exposure to effective breathing from Samba exercise means that our bodies can learn to utilise every breath and we can become healthier as a result.

Cardiovascular System
It is often said that any form of dancing can be beneficial to the cardiovascular system. While this may be true, there are not many that are as effective at increasing heart health as Samba. The quick paced steps and fast beats that accompany the dance mean that with every routine the heart has to work that little bit harder than it would have to for a softer dance such as Salsa. With the heart working harder, more blood can get to the muscles and organs, feeding them with a generous supply of oxygen. As well as this, the heart is a muscle so anytime it is beating over its normal resting rate; it is strengthening itself allowing it to pump blood more effectively.

Weight Loss
As we all know, excess weight can lead to all sorts of health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. What better way to lose weight than by having fun! By participating in a local Samba class and making sure you are eating a healthy balanced diet, you can lose inches off your waist in a very small space of time.

If this hasn’t tempted you enough, then know that Samba is also a great way to meet new people and has been proven to lift your mood and help you to enjoy a happier and healthier lifestyle. So why not give it a try today!

 

Let’s Dance! The Benefits Of Samba Dancing

The Best Health and Fitness Apps

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Whether you want to lose weight or boost your performance, it’s time to get the download on what’s going to help you reach your goal.
To help you, we’ve rounded up the top 10 iPhone and Android apps that offer support, motivation and challenges.
Start installing your iPhone apps now and see results.

Pedometer++
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Don’t be fooled by the pluses, they’re really a sign telling you how useful this app is. The Pedometer++ helps you track your movement showing you things like how many steps you’ve taken for the whole day – including those not within your exercise routine.

Nike+ Move
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Well, Nike has been an icon for sports shoes and this apps does not disappoint as well. A much-hyped app utilizing Apple’s novel M7 coprocessor, this app tracks not only your walks but also gets a breakdown of your running, sitting etc. And the best thing’s this one comes free.

Moves
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Don’t bother complaining. Yes, this one may not have gone to market in 2013 but way earlier but this one made so much fuss during that year that we’ve come to include it anyway. What makes this app special is even for people who may not be using the latest iOS device or android for that matter, you may still be able to track your movement (e.g., running, jogging). Just pitch in some dollars.

Argus
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Argus takes the tracking a notch higher by utilizing motion detection technology – most especially applicable for the iPhone 5s and higher versions of Android. So you keep track of your food intake, water consumption and more.

UniqueTrainer
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This is one app that’s going to give you your very own personal trainer – minus the talking part of course. The app is going to track your workout sessions real time making it possible to tailor your sessions to your routine daily.

7-Minute Workout (High Intensity Training)
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Now with this app, you can make the most of the much-ballyhooed “Scientific 7-Minute Workout”. And even better. You get a workout that’s best suited for your body type. Completely safe and effective.

Performance Stretching
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Give your stretching a needed lift and put your routine in order. Performance Stretching features 150 different dynamic stretches, all within your immediate reach.

Relaxia
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Now, here’s a way for you to get that needed relaxing moment right. With Relaxia, you can give needed regrouping for your body and mental health by taking a 15-minute break with the best background music you can find.

Fit Star: Tony Gonzalez
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Now there’s no reason putting that exercise routine on hold, with a football star as your trainer. Truly, it’s a dream come true. Of course, this one may come a price.

Runtastic Six Pack Abs
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Ok. Here’s a wish come true. No more crying about your abs, one of the most complained about part of the body. Runtastic gives you just the perfect workout you need.

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