Is adult ballet a good workout? Absolutely! Adult ballet is truly a full body workout making it an excellent form of exercise. Best of all, it is a fun way to stay active.
We know ballet is amazing for balance and posture. However, did you know that adult ballet has also been shown to reduce symptoms of depression, diabetes, and even arthritis?
It can also reduce and prevent dementia and osteoporosis. It is truly good exercise for the whole body and mind.
At the International Ballet Academy, we are deeply committed to giving everyone access to quality ballet classes. We know these amazing benefits and we want to be sure you do too.
Here are a few reasons why we know adult ballet is good exercise:
Ballet Improves Overall Muscle Strength
Ballet engages all parts of the body. With proper ballet training, you are engaging your upper and lower extremities as well as engaging your core. Even more than just engaging your core, you are building true core stability.
Engaging all your muscles aids in improving all over muscle strength. For adults, improved muscle strength is shown to reduce osteoporosis, help with arthritis, and improve overall metabolic function.
Best of all, with our adult ballet classes, you are getting this excellent muscle building in the comfort of your own home.
Adult Ballet Improves Flexibility
As we age, our flexibility tends to decrease. Some of this is simply aging, but much of this is many of us being less active.
Adult ballet helps us to improve our flexibility. This is ideal to help reduce aches and strains. It helps reduce the risk of joint injury as well.
The more ballet training you do, the more your flexibility will improve.
Ballet Training Improves Stamina
All exercise can help improve your body’s stamina. However, ballet training is a great way because it is a fun way to exercise. Before you know it, your 60-minute ballet class is over and you have finished the entire class.
Staying active for a full hour is an amazing way to build your physical stamina.
Improve Your Posture
As we age and become more sedentary, our posture tends to worsen. The posture required to do ballet means improving your postural muscles. These improve postural muscles will help your posture at all times.
Improved posture is aesthetic, but it also has many health benefits. You can reduce your back and neck aches. It may also reduce strain on your neck muscles which can lead to tension headaches.
Ballet Increases Energy Levels
With improved stamina, strength, and posture, you are likely to experience an increase in energy. This is helpful for both physical wellness and mental wellness.
Exercise can be an excellent way to manage depression (alongside other treatments of course). The extra energy from ballet training might offset a bit of the lethargy from depression for some individuals. Certainly, exercise is not a cure all for mental wellness, but it can be a wonderful tool in the toolbox of treatments.
Adult Ballet Improves Concentration and Cognitive Function
Exercise is not only important for our physical health, but it also has significant cognitive benefits. Ballet requires physical movement, but it also requires mental focus.
When you are mastering each new technique, your mind is remembering the coordination. When you are practicing the choreography, your mind is motor planning and remembering the patterns. The engagement between your body and mind during ballet training makes it a truly whole body, holistic exercise.
Ballet Impacts Your Metabolic Function
All exercise impacts our metabolism. Because ballet is a whole-body workout, it can have a major impact on our metabolism. The whole-body movement can actually increase our metabolic rate 3-6 times compared to our resting rate.
Improved metabolic function is important for type 2 diabetes prevention and management. It is also good for our overall health and weight management.
As you can see, adult ballet has significant benefits as a form of exercise. Are you ready to have a fun and engaging ‘workout’ while you dance? Be sure to visit our classes and curriculum page to learn more and register today!