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belling dancing for exercise

just wondering if anyone has tried this? a friend of mine took a class. she is on the heavy side...and just loved it. She said she has lost weight since the class in her tummy/hip areas..I can tell. I am ordering a DVD and want to try at home. I am not a dancer so feel shy to do it in public but willing to try in my own home. Any one have any ideas on the subject? I will let you know how the routine is and if I see any change. I run 3 nights and thought this may add some spice to my workouts.

Tue. Jan 15, 3:23pm

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The coworker that I share my office with bought me a kit for Christmas. We signed up for peertrainer together and he thought I could work out and have fun at the same time. I think I'll go home and try it tonight. I'm very curious to see if it works!!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008, 3:30 PM

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anything that gets you moving is good!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008, 3:30 PM

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It sounds like something that will add fun to your routine! It seems like it would focus on core strength and that's good! Makes me want to try it!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008, 3:31 PM

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3:30 here

at the same time I know a lot of overweight belly dancers so dont count on it as your only exercise...

Tuesday, January 15, 2008, 3:41 PM

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I tried a couple of belly dancing dvds but they weren't nearly instructional enough and I was lost within 5 minutes. I've been looking for an actual class to go to to learn the basics but there aren't any that make sense for me location-wise (which is very surprising since I'm in NYC). I really wish I could learn!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008, 3:58 PM

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I would love to try belly dancing but at 5'1 and 260 pounds I can't imagine going out there and having my belly jiggling like that. Not a very attractive site.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008, 5:52 PM

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If you can find classes, they're always better than DVD's because the teacher is there to help you and correct mistakes. It's best to find a teacher with a dance/exercise background who can give you a proper warm up/cool down and help prevent injuries.

The right class will burn lots of calories. Power Belly classes are good, if they're offered in your area.

Bellydance is wonderful for all women, any age, any size. No one says you have to have your belly uncovered. One of the best performances I ever watched was performed by a tall, slender woman completely covered from neck to feet.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008, 7:46 PM

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I am going to try a belly dancing class next week! I agree that to lose weight you need fat-burning cardio and muscle-building strength training and belly dancing alone, even a challenging class, can't do that. But it seems like a great compliment to an exercise regimen to spice it up! Also I have some lower back pain and anything that gets that area limbered up really helps me feel better and work out better.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008, 4:00 AM

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6:12 I think its clear and we all know its called belly dancing, what's your point?

Wednesday, January 16, 2008, 10:51 AM

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belly dancing

You are right it is called belly dancing, It's called type-o a parent feeding a baby while trying to type!!! (sorry) And not re-reading a post...before pushing send sorry!

Friday, January 18, 2008, 2:32 PM

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