Dance corrects posture, prevents back pain and defines muscles

Hard to get a more complete workout than swimming - exercise works the muscles of the whole body, it requires improved breathing and stimulates the cardiovascular conditioning. But a study by the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, managed to find a more efficient activity: the classic ballet. The research team compared the performance of members of the famous Royal Ballet Academy with the swimmers of the British Olympic team. The dancers showed better results in seven out of ten fitness measures analyzed as psychological balance, flexibility and body balance.

"The technique is suitable for both children and adults to be a physical activity that works the whole body, as few sports do"Says orthopedic Marcelo Cavalheiro, the Brazilian Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology. Learn about the benefits you can expect to elect the ballet as their exercise option.

athlete's breath

Dance classical music is quiet for those watching, but who dance oozes sweat and need a darn breath to finish a full choreography of jumps, spins and other difficult steps. So part of the lessons learn to breathe taking advantage of as much of the diaphragm capacity: put your hand just above his waist and look inhale through the nose, pushing the hand out. Time to exhale, contract as if to touch his hands together. "This breathing is a great work of all the cardiovascular and respiratory system"Said Marcelo Cavalheiro.

athlete's breath

Dancer doing a ballet jump - Photo: Getty Images

Dance classical music is quiet for those watching, but who dance oozes sweat and need a darn breath to finish a full choreography of jumps, spins and other difficult steps. So part of the lessons learn to breathe taking advantage of as much of the diaphragm capacity: put your hand just above his waist and look inhale through the nose, pushing the hand out. Time to exhale, contract as if to touch his hands together. "This breathing is a great work of all the cardiovascular and respiratory system"Said Marcelo Cavalheiro.

perfect posture

Small girl learning to ballet posture - Photo: Getty Images

Back pain caused by poor posture is a problem that hardly disturbs dancers. "Classical ballet works every major muscle groups responsible for maintaining posture, which are the abdominal muscles, chest and back", Says dance teacher Mariana Bastos, pedagogical coordinator at Ballet Paula Castro, of. "Students are encouraged to maintain the correct posture, with contracted abdomen, hip 'embedded' and spine aligned."Marcelo orthopedist also explains that this alignment of the entire body makes ensures optimal body balance. "The student can carry out the activities of everyday life with more precise movements, protected joints and lower energy expenditure"He says.

muscles worked

Dancer performing ballet jump - Photo: Getty Images

Cheats who believes in fragile appearance of the dancers. "Ballet promotes hypertrophy, ie, increases and strengthens the muscles as much as the weight"Says Marcelo orthopedist. Besides all the muscles responsible for posture, Mariana Bastos says that the technique stimulates many lower and upper limbs, because of jumping exercises, support in certain positions and strength in his arms to carry the dancers (in the case of men).

belly plateau

Ballerina with belly set on display - Foto: Getty Images

Dancer with protruding stomach is rare to be seen. First because the correct posture is charged all the time in class, which includes shrink the stomach. Second, it is a physical activity like any other that provides calorie burning. To succeed, however, we must take lessons regularly, two to three times a week at least.

Flexibility

Ballerina doing stretching - Photo: Getty Images

According to orthopedic surgeon Marcelo, no use just be strong or have elastic muscles, you need muscle balance. "At that point, the ballet can be better until the bodybuilding gym because lengthens and works the muscles at the same time"He says. As a result, the muscle groups are not shortened and there is less risk of injury. "Flexibility is crafted in all ballet exercises because the movements must be performed with great amplitude"Says Mariana ballet teacher.

Wellness and body awareness

Teacher correcting ballet student - Foto: Getty Images

Being both a pleasurable activity - movements take place according to the beat of the music - and a physical exercise releases endorphins, a substance responsible for pleasure, ballet provides well-being. "The technique also helps to improve self-esteem and body perception, it is necessary to be aware of all parts of the body to perform the exercises"Says Mariana Bastos.

Agility and coordination

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As the student can learn and perform the basic exercises of ballet, the steps will become more difficult. "The complexity of movements increases at each stage, demanding more agility and motor coordination"Says Mariana ballet teacher. You also need to have mastered the technique because, as the exercises are difficult to perform, the dancer needs to perform each movement of light and subtle way, without showing the effort you are doing. "The idea that is transmitted to the public is a delicate and elegant art"Recalls Mariana.