Get Your Groove On
December 8, 2017
The popularity of reality shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With The Stars” confirm that people really like to watch other people dance. Did you know that if you get off the couch and start dancing, you’ll not only have fun but get some great health benefits as well?
You are sure to find a form of dance that will get your feet moving. Choose from a wide variety of styles, ballroom to hip-hop, rock-n-roll to ballet. All types of dance can help you lose weight, increase your flexibility and posture, reduce stress, and increase stamina. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that people who dance at least twice a week were less likely to develop dementia as they aged. The aerobic exercise helps maintain brain volume, specifically the hippocampus, which naturally shrinks during aging and can lead to loss of memory and dementia. An Italian study following people with heart failure showed that those who took up waltzing improved their heart health, breathing, and overall quality of life when compared to those who performed a more traditional form of exercise like walking on a treadmill or biking.
So what are you waiting for? Here are some tips to help you dance your way to fitness:
- Take it slow. If you haven’t been exercising regularly, you should pick a dance style that allows you to slowly but steadily increase your strength and balance before you take on the more strenuous forms.
- Mix it up. Don’t be afraid to try different forms of dance to see which ones you enjoy most and which work best for your level of stamina.
- Stick with it. New experiences can cause some discomfort but, if you give it some time, your confidence will increase as you really get the steps down.
- Don’t go it alone. Just like any other form of exercise, it is always more fun when you have a partner to help you get to dance class and stay involved.