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Ax burns calories, guarantees flexibility and increases self-esteem

Ax burns calories, guarantees flexibility and increases self-esteem

How about getting in shape with a rhythm that is the face of summer? Axé burns 400 to 700 calories in one hour of class, improves motor coordination and relieves stress. Besides being an activity there for fun. "The advantage of axé for other types of dance is that some songs are very fast and then you end up burning more calories," explains Jean Patrick, Cia Athlética's fitness manager.

In candomblé, "axé" is the word which designates the sacred force and energy of the orixás. Axé interjection is also used to desire positive energies. The axé that we know, as a musical style, appeared in Bahia in the 80's. Mixing frevo, maracatu, reggae and forró and became popular in micaretas and carnival in Salvador.

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To begin, leave the prejudice aside and reboot. Besides having fun, you will improve your flexibility and motor coordination and gain pace and agility. Of breaking still increase their self-esteem, since axé is a very Brazilian dance: joyful and sensual. The benefits do not stop there. There is also increased cardiovascular capacity and definition of muscles. "Axé mostly works the lower limbs, such as legs, buttocks and calves, but it also requires a little of the arms and abdomen because of the movements," Jean explains. Like all intense physical activity, axé causes the body release endorphin, neuro-hormone responsible for the sense of well-being. In general, there are no contraindications, unless the student has some medical restriction. To avoid injury, the ideal is to do strength training to strengthen the knee joint. Another fun option is hydroxé, performed in swimming pools and offered at water gyms and water parks.

To get pique, consume carbohydrate quickly absorbed, like a fruit or a cereal bar before class. And remember to stretch well.

During the lesson, wear light clothing so as not to hinder movement and drink plenty of water. Do not worry if you can not get the choreographies right away in the first class. It is a question of practice, persistence and concentration. Let the shyness aside and choose a place in the room near a mirror. In addition to working the body, you will be exercising the mind, as you will have to memorize the steps of the dance. If you have difficulties, contact your teacher.


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