What Are The Health Benefits Of Bellydancing?

The health benefits of Bellydancing are countless.

To begin with, Bellydancing is low impact and therefore safe and suitable for women of any age, shape, and fitness level. It teaches good posture, can ease back and menstrual pain, and helps to prepare a woman’s body for childbirth.

Despite the name, Bellydance doesn’t just work on the belly. It provides a total body workout, keeping the spine flexible, and gently toning and strengthening all the muscles - from the neck down to the toes.

Bellydance is also psychologically beneficial as it boosts self-confidence, releases stress, and provides mental relaxation. This weekly time out can do wonders for one’s emotional wellbeing, particularly for overworked mums.

Dancing adds richness to everyday life and a touch of excitement to your week. You’ll get an energising, thorough workout while learning to move gracefully to mystical, ancient rhythms. And what better way to spend time every week than in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere sharing the joy of dance with other women?

Dr Efy Alexandratos says, “Bellydancing is underrated as a form of exercise. If you can stand, you can learn Bellydance. The dance techniques allow for all ages, body sizes and levels of fitness, as movements can be modified to allow for injury and musculoskeletal conditions. Bellydance activates muscle groups in the abdomen, pelvis and back that contribute to core strength and stability - essential to good health. As well as the physical benefits, Bellydance can build self-esteem as it is a traditional dance that has celebrated independent women (and their curves) for centuries.”

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Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance

It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.

Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.

Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.

Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.

Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.

If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.

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