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11/22/07 3:41 A

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Thanks for this Amandaraqs.

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11/15/07 10:20 A

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I like to shimmy to a drum solo to get the cardio up. I add in level/angle changes and staccato moves.
That will really get you sweating and you have to pay close attention to the music!

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8/20/07 2:55 P

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An easy way to get your heart rate up is to raise your arms out to the side, or above your head. I can raise my heart rate level almost 10 bpm by keeping my arms in the high V position over my head (folkloric 5th position) while I dance. emoticon

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8/14/07 12:23 P

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Shimmy-walk around the house - put in a hip-bump here and there. Shaking those hips gets my heart rate up fast, and it's easy enough to maintain for a little while.

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8/14/07 9:59 A

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I just worked out with "Cardio Bellydance" dvd from World Dance New York. Let me tell you, I'm pretty fit, but this dvd had me sweating! I'm not crazy about the pilates warmup, since she doesn't really give what I thought was detailed instruction, but the cardio circuit series was fun, upbeat, and FAST! This is a different kind of workout, and might be fun to add to your list of cardio exercises.

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7/31/07 11:14 A

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Another great idea is to pick a short drum solo or fast-paced choreography and practice it over and over again. I have a VERY fast-paced 2:04 minute drum solo, and if I practice it 7 times in a row, that's 15 minutes of cardio right there!

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7/5/07 7:28 P

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Great suggestions! I'm still new at this, so I don't have anything to add, but it's so much fun! :)

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7/5/07 11:02 A

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HOW I love the Turkish bounces emoticon !!!

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Neck: 13.7
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7/5/07 10:12 A

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For the most part bellydancing is a low-impact activity, but you can certainly intensify your workout with some easy medium-impact steps.

1. Saidi Hop -- Step on your right foot while at the same time lifting the left knee in front of you so the foot is off the floor. Alternate the feet. If you add a little hop on each step, you can take the intensity up a notch. This step, when done faster, tends to rock you from side to side.

2. Saidi Hop version 2 -- This time step on the right foot and lift the left knee BACK, (sort of like a dog with a fire hydrant!) then step on the back left foot and lift the right knee to the front. Add the hop for intensity. This steps rocks you forward and back.

Both variations of the Saidi hop are actual folkloric dance movements dance in the Said region of upper Egypt.

3. Choo Choo shimmy -- Stand up on your toes, alternate stepping on the toes of each foot. Right-left-right-left. Do a hip lift with each step (right hip lifts when right foot steps). If you speed this up, you'll get your heart rate up in NO time!

4. Turkish bounces -- If you have good knees, these are a fun way of getting your cardio up. All you do is make 3 tiny jumps up and down. Bounce bounce bounce, very quickly. To make the step more interesting, you can do the first two bounces facing forward, and the last one at a 45 degree angle to one side.

That's a start -- do you have a favorite cardio belly dance step? Post it here!

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