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Girls Who Twerk Are Winning at Life

October 16, 2015 2 min read

Twerking is a term that has taken over dance culture. But, there's always been some form of this move to an extent. In fact, the origins of twerking dates back to West Africa in tradition dances like the Mapouka in Côte d’Ivoire, and of course, there was boogying in the 70s and bumping and grinding in the 90s. And while it can be seen as a form of fun and free self expression, some view it as a raunchy and sexualized dance due to miss Miley Cyrus herself. This is why twerking is good for your overall wellbeing. But if you've ever tried twerking, you may know that the smile it puts on your face, the liberating feeling it provides you with and the sweat it induces are very real, and much more than just a raunchy movement. Here's why twerking rules. Twerking burns more calories than yoga and spinning. Lexy Panter founded TwerkOut, which works to teach women far and wide how to twerk. Of her career she says, "I’d love to teach the world to twerk because, whether they admit it or not, all women want to twerk. You can burn 1,200 calories in an hour and it’s a full body workout – I knew it would catch on." Twerking builds confidence and improves sex lives. No matter your size, you can twerk, and the takeaway is worth it. Protwerker SA dancer Kimberly Cindi says, "It has certainly given us big girls who would have not been looked at 10 years ago the confidence to shake our buttocks without being embarrassed. It has given us recognition and has done away with the old stereotype that skinny is sexy." Can confidence from twerking translate to other areas of life? Being able to get out of your comfort zone leads to higher levels of self-esteem, which in turn makes you more successful in other life areas as well. According to a study by the College Foundation of North Carolina, "People with lots of confidence in their capabilities approach difficult tasks as challenges to be mastered rather than as threats to be avoided. They set themselves challenging goals and maintain a strong commitment to them." There's a science behind it.  The science of twerking can be broken down into three principles says Science of People lead investigator Vanessa Van Edwards. 1. Shape Shifting: Men love the roundness of a woman’s body. The only thing they love more than the roundness of a woman’s rump is the jiggling of a woman’s butt — and twerking showcases both. 2. Babies: Twerking puts a woman in the prime mating position. Ya, you know the one I mean. So instinctively, men and women know that canine-style stance is great for making babies. 3. What the What!? Our brains love seeing unusual and bizarre things. Twerking is definitely not...something we normally see. Are you a fan of twerking? Source: Elite Daily Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_113860" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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