1) IT'S MORE THAN JUST FITNESS
Despite the obvious that it's a form of exercise, there are so many other reasons that pole dancing is good for you. Before I started pole I was one of those girls who was never happy with her body, I used to look in the mirror and dislike what I saw. Pole has certainly changed my opinion of my self-image. Now I'm not going to pretend that I'm perfectly happy with my body because I'm not (who ever is?) but now instead of seeing the negatives first I see the positives and feel that my body is a work in progress.
I'm amazed by what my body can achieve especially for someone whose 40th birthday is only a few months away and feel sexier now than I did in my 20’s.
2) IT CHANGES THE WAY YOU SEE YOURSELF
Let’s rewind back to a time before I pole danced, a time when I truly believed I was overweight. If I wore leggings I would have worn a top long enough to cover my ass and the only time you would have seen me in shorts was on holiday or on the beach. I never wanted to draw attention to my (what I thought was) huge behind let alone make a feature of it but since starting pole I have discovered a new found love for my body and my booty. My bum has definitely changed shape, yes I still have plenty of junk in the trunk but I am learning to embrace that and look at the plus side - pun intended!
3) IT MAKES YOU APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE
I also discovered that pole dancers seem to be a little bit obsessed with the booty, not just their own but with everyone else's! LOL there is even a day especially dedicated to showing off your ravishing rear to all that want to see it and that day of booty worship is known as #Sundaybumday - what other sport creates a day once a week that honours the tush? There isn’t one! This day is not just reserved for the so called stereotypical rear of the year! No no this day does not discriminate, it’s about confidence and empowerment, dancers building each other up not pulling each other down (and also a great excuse to legitimately perv at one another). Before I pole danced, never in a million years would I have shown off my bum so confidently in public let alone plaster it all over social media for the world and his wife to see. But pole has taught me to not be so hung up about it and learn to love and work with what I have and to twerk my butt off (literally) if I want it to look even better.
4) IT BUILDS SELF CONFIDENCE