Dancing Your Way to Better Health
Exercise is key to better health! We all know this…but who wants to go to the gym?! Very intimidating right? You don’t have to go to the gym to get a great workout! Dancing can give you a great mind-body workout. It can be magical and transforming. It builds your self confidence and uses muscles you didn’t know you had. Whatever type of dancing you choose…go for it and have some fun while you’re getting some great exercise!! Remember to check with your health care provider before beginning any strenuous activity.
Dance is a weight-bearing activity which builds bones. It’s also fabulous for your upper body and endurance. The amount of calories you burn ballroom dancing will depend on how vigorously you dance. Ballroom dancing works the backs of the thighs and buttock muscles differently from many other types of exercise.
Dance challenges your mind as well as your muscles. You have to focus on what you’re doing which encourages sharper brain function. There is a reduced risk of dementia compared with those who rarely or never danced.
Like other moderate, low-impact, weight bearing activities, such as brisk walking, cycling or aerobics, dancing can help:
- strengthen bones and muscles without hurting your joints
- tone your entire body
- improve your posture and balance
- increase your stamina and flexibility
- reduce stress and tension
- build confidence
- provide opportunities to meet people
- ward off illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, and depression
So if you’re tired of that treadmill…why not get started?
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