Today I Learned...
arre is a form of exercise that focuses on the core, lower body, and upper body. It's a really great way to strengthen and tone your muscles, as well as improve your balance.
In this article, we'll take a look at what barre is, how it can help you get fit and healthy, as well as some tips on how to improve your results!
What is barre?
Barre is a low-impact workout that uses the ballet barre to strengthen and lengthen your muscles. It's great for people of all ages and fitness levels, but it can be especially beneficial for older adults.
Why should older adults try barre?
While many people think of barre as an intense workout, the truth is that it can be modified to meet your needs. Because barre exercises improve strength, balance, and flexibility—all important factors in preventing falls among older adults—it is one of the first forms of exercise that Physical Therapists recommend to their patients. Doctors prescribe it for the same reasons: because it improves muscle tone which reduces or lessens pain.
The low-impact nature of barre classes makes it a better choice for people with joint issues, as well as those who are starting to experience the effects of aging. Barre's small range-of-motion exercises also can help clients with limited mobility and serve as easily adaptable modifications for people working through injuries or recovering from surgery.
And because an actual ballet barre is used in most classes and exercises, it allows for a greater sense of stability. If you're just starting out or if you have mobility issues, try a gentler version of the exercises so you don't put undue stress on your body.
How often should I do barre?
If you're new to barre, we recommend trying it at least 2 times a week for best results. Once you get the hang of it and start seeing results, you can do barre more often if you'd like!
Are there any tips for better results?
There are a few things to keep in mind while you're working out.
- First, take the time to properly warm up. A proper warm-up can help reduce the risk of injury and ensure that your muscles are ready for the work they'll be doing. Make sure you've been active for at least 5 minutes before beginning your barre workout!
- Second, be mindful of your posture with each movement. This is especially important when it comes down to deep abdominal muscles—if you're not careful about how you're moving, you could end up injuring yourself or causing pain in other areas of your body (like back pain). Be sure that every movement is done correctly so no one gets hurt because of bad form!
- Thirdly, try not to forget about stretching between sets! Stretching helps keep muscles loose so they're less likely to get injured during workouts like this one where there's lots of repetition on certain moves over time (which means more potential strain on those same muscles).
Barre is great for toning, flexibility, and posture.
In addition to being low impact on your joints, barre workouts are great for muscle toning because they work every part of your body while focusing on areas like the butt, thighs, and core. It's also a good way to burn calories since it requires intense concentration on balance and form. If you're looking for a fun way to get in shape without having to resort to high-impact exercises like running or jumping jacks, barre could be just what you need!
Interested in getting started with Barre?
We have a beginner Barre workout class you can try today! Watch the class here: Meet Me at the Barre.