Dance your way to good health

Here is a list of some of the tremendous mind, body, and soul benefits dancing will bring to your life:

  1. Dancing is an excellent cardiovascular exercise that will use all your major muscle groups.
  2. It encourages good posture and body alignment, and will strengthen your body’s core abdominal muscles.
  3. You will become more flexible, more agile, and more graceful both on and off the dance floor.
  4. You’ll burn calories while you’re having fun. It’s invigorating!  The average 150 pound person will burn approximately 265 calories/hour when ballroom dancing.  Compare that to an hour of moderate walking for a 150 pound person which only burns 206 calories.
  5. Ballroom dancing will also benefit your mental and emotional health; serving as a stress reducer.
  6. You’ll spend your evenings on the dance floor instead of alone in front of the TV.
  7. You can discover a new passion and joy in your life at any age.
  8. You’ll learn to dance with a variety of partners, many of whom will become your friends. It’s a terrific way to meet new people who share your same interests.
  9. Dancing will make you smarter. Researchers have found that ballroom dancing improves mental acuity throughout a dancer’s life and can even help prevent Alzheimer’s disease in senior citizens! It’s like two swords sharpening one another – the body helps the mind work, and the mind takes care of the body.
  10. You’ll become more musical and learn to appreciate musical timing and phrasing.
  11. You will discover a rhythm and grace in your own body you didn’t know you had.
  12. Ballroom dancing will make you stronger, happier, healthier, and smarter. It will bring you joy.

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One Response to Dance your way to good health

  1. Danelle June 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    You don’t have to give me a reason to dance…but thanks for the tips.

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