5 Reasons Why Polynesian Dance is a Fantastic Workout

"I've lost 5 pounds in 3 weeks, and the only thing I've done is taken hula classes!", "The waistband of my jeans is getting looser!", and "Yeah, one more tahitian ote'a! I can take it! Woohoo!"

Okay, maybe that last one was a bit of an exaggeration - most of my students considered the ote'a a form of torture - but hula and tahitian dance fitness stories really are quite common, and as a Polynesian dance instructor & dancer, I've heard and witnessed many of them firsthand. In fact, I credit my hula & tahitian practice with aiding my own weight loss in 2006.


Even Flare Magazine featured hula dance - along with an interview with me as their hula expert - for their September 2005 Issue dance fitness article Shall We Dance: Wake up your workout...!

Yes, the Polynesian Dance is much more than just a pleasure to watch. Don't let the gentle, fluid movements deceive you. It truly is a killer workout!

Here are 5 reasons why your health could benefit from daily island dance:

1: It builds beautiful lean muscles.
A common complaint from my new students after the first class is "My muscles were SO sore after that class!" Yes, it takes muscles to move those arms and hands to tell a story! You will feel soreness in the upper arms (deltoids), and depending on how deeply you bend your knees for each kaholo (the popular basic side-to-side traveling hula movement), you'll also give your core and lower body a blast.

2: It packs a great cardiovascular punch.
My dancers are always amazed at how out-of-breath they are after a 30 minute show! Make your own half hour hula dance CD and burn 279 calories every workout... double that if you mix in some short blasts of fast tahitian ote'a (each song is about 1.5 minutes of intense hip shakes).And you get that all without the joint-jarring common with other high-impact workouts.
For my own workout, I created a high-intensity interval training hula CD for myself by putting in an ote'a song after every 2 hula songs. Just 20 minutes of that, and I'm done!

3: It's a weight-bearing, bone-building activity.
The continual kaholo is just like walking, and one of the many health benefits of walking is its ability to turn around rapid bone loss that occurs in menopausal women.  This is one of the simplistic examples, but you catch my drift.


4: It helps build grace and coordination.
Hula makes you use muscles that most likely have never been used in combination before. Many of us call it waking your hula muscles.  With every part of your body doing something different, many times in opposite directions, you'll find your coordination and balance challenged and strengthened.
This is fantastic for the brain as it builds new connections.

5: It's fun!
Your hula workout can be as varied as the numerous hula songs out there! Mixing it up with tahitian numbers, dancing with friends, and even performing for loved ones offers options that can make your hula workout unique every time!

So, after all of that, you're dying to try it, right?

Well, if you live in Winnipeg, you're in luck!  I'll be teaching a hula series this summer!
Stay tuned here for the official announcement as soon as I nail down a location...

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