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7 Reasons Everyday Is Beautiful with BalletJanuary 3, 2016
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MANY THINK OF BALLET AS A BEAUTIFUL FANTASY RESERVED FOR LITTLE GIRLS OR THE PHYSICALLY GIFTED, BUT BALLET TECHNIQUE OFFERS AMAZING BENEFITS THAT CAN TAKE YOUR FITNESS LEVEL TO NEW HEIGHTS.
Beyond looking taller (and slimmer!) standing up straight increases mental alertness and communicates confidence and authority. And who doesn’t need an antidote to all that slumping over computers, tablets, and smart phones? Ballet builds incredible posture that makes you look and feel fantastic! (For posture tips and exercises, see Everyday Ballet featured at Into the Gloss.)
Everyday Ballet channels fitness through a concept of beauty rather than brute force. The result? Everyday Ballet is a body-positive practice that removes the masochism from fitness. The exquisite music and movements of ballet go beyond merely “feeling the burn” to show how beauty can be a far greater force of transformation (and motivation!) than a “pain equals gain” fitness ethos. Everyday Ballet lets you experience beauty and enjoy your workout.
3. Mind Body Connection
Ballet makes you go deep inside to feel every last muscle. The connection with the music and emphasis on details leaves zero headspace for planning dinner or worrying about work. Ballet brings you into your body in a nuanced way that develops steady focus and wonderful body awareness.
4. Musical Inspiration
Ballet music is fabulous and not something you usually get on Pandora. Studies show that listening to classical music has many of the same benefits attributed to meditation, including increased relaxation, mental alertness, creativity, and problem solving ability. Listening to beautiful music adds a unique dimension to your workout that can really awaken and inspire you!
5. Endless Variety
With hundreds of steps and an infinite possibility of combinations, ballet is never boring for the body or the brain. The many types of ballet movements continually challenge and build a versatile physique and agile mind.
6. Total Body for Life
Ballet is a way of moving that becomes part of how you are. It is a sustainable fitness practice that develops:
- core strength
- and general physical ease and confidence that stay with you far beyond the walls of the studio.
7. It just gets more interesting!
You never really do the same plié twice. As you become familiar with the technique, ballet helps you discover muscles you never knew existed! Once you start mastering some aspect of the technique, another layer of the movement opens up and provides a new level of physical and mental challenge. Ballet always gives you more to learn, practice, and enjoy! And with every drop of sweat you’re also becoming educated in one of the most respected dance forms in the world.
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