Kizomba is a dance style that originated in Angola and it is characterized by a focus on movements in the lower body, and especially the hips which constantly move in a circular motion. Check out this video to see a great example of kizomba danced well and you’ll see just how unique the movements are. While it might not seem an obvious choice for a fitness dance, actually kizomba can be the perfect addition to your fitness routine. Let’s take a look at why.

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It’s a workout

Because of the constant movements in your hips and legs, kizomba is a great way of getting fit. There are big muscle groups in that part of your body so by moving them so much, you will be burning a lot of calories and improving your cardiovascular health. It will also help to strengthen those muscles and tone your hips, thighs, calves, and glutes.

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It reduces your stress

Whenever you take part in any sort of physical activity, your body will release its happy hormones, such as endorphins. These will make you come away from your class feeling amazing and reduce any stress response going on in your body. And being physically fit can make it easier for your body to deal with stress and help you to get the rest you need to recover.

It’s a social dance

Kizomba is always a social dance. Whether you’re dancing lady style like the women in today’s video or whether you are dancing with a partner, there is always someone there for you to share your fun with. And regular social interaction, especially when doing something fun and interesting together, can have a powerful impact on your mood and your mental health.

It helps keep your brain stay healthy

Learning a new dance is just as much a cognitive process as it is a physical one and keeping your brain challenged can make sure that you stay as sharp as possible, especially as you age.

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