Before taking your first lesson bring out the measuring tape to measure your body parts. Draw on a sheet of paper a body chart to use as a visual aid. If you cannot draw a picture of a female body, paste a picture of a female body nude or in a swim suit.
Measure around your arms, chest, waistline, hips, thighs, and calves of legs. Mark the measurements on the picture. On this same sheet of paper write down the start dancing date and body weight.
After starting belly dancing classes take all measurements and body weight once a week and post results to your chart. Do this once a week at the same time and on the same day. Use the same scale. Some digital scales also note the BMI; post this number as well.
The BMI or Body Mass Index indicates body fat.
· 18.5 but less than 25 is normal range
· 25 but less than 30 is overweight
· 30 or higher is obese
The reason for recording these measurements is to help give a visual record of how this dance activity is helping you on a weekly basis. As the months pass the figure reflected in the mirror may be all that is necessary.
Dancers and athletes realize that as body fat is reduced muscle tissue tends to weigh more. This is the reason to take measurements. Losing inches and wearing clothing in smaller sizes is a wonderful reward for dance activity.
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