Veils of Arabia Melanie Achilles at last year’s Harbour Festival Easter Street Parade.
Veils of Arabia Melanie Achilles at last year’s Harbour Festival Easter Street Parade. Mike Richards GLA030415PRDE

FUN FITNESS: Five benefits you’ll experience from belly dancing

BELLY dance teacher Melanie Achilles wants to show people that fitness can be fun.

Her Veils of Arabia belly dancing classes are due to start back up soon at Gladstone and Benaraby.

She said it was the freedom of movement that she first noticed when she saw a belly dancing performance for the first time.

"The way that the belly dancers on stage elegantly move," she said.

"Every woman can do it, it doesn't matter if you're a bit small, or if you've got bigger built hips," Ms Achilles said.

This is why Melanie took on classes of her own.

She says the benefits make this fun form of exercise worth it, here's five of them:

Improves Mental Health

Belly dancing releases endorphins into your brain which make you happy whilst whipping into shape, forcing you to have a positive outlook on life. If you are put under a lot of stress, it is suggested to take up belly dancing to reduce it.

Increases Core Strength

Belly dancing, as suggested by the name, requires ample movement of the 'belly' and in turn, with the continual movements of this area, your core becomes stronger.

Great for Physical Health

Belly dancing continuously tones and strengthens muscles, including arms and torso areas. It also assists weight loss, and is a fun and easy way to stay fit. Along with these things, belly dancing gives you more agility and flexibility.

Improved Posture

Learning and becoming part of belly dancing improves the posture of the dancers as they have to continually be up straight to be able to perform to the best of their ability.

Aiding Digestion

By constant movement of the abdominal muscles- which are worked quite frequently in belly dancing, it assists food to move along the digestive system.

VEILS OF ARABIA belly dancing classes

Every Monday from July 11 at Benaraby at 6.30pm

Every Tuesday from July 12 at Gladstone at 6.20pm

No Limit of Age, Shape or Size

See the Veils of Arabia website or Facebook page to register



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