Dancing is a great way to exercise without knowing it!
Dancing regularly can;
Improve your posture - Dancing can really help to correct
the effects of modern living.
Improve cardiovascular health - Dancing combines aerobic
activity with weight bearing which will boost your strength and
Strengthen your heart - Dance uses oxygen, burns calories
and increases your hearts workload.
Strengthen your lungs - Cardiovascular activity will
increase your lungs workload, therefore strengthening them and
increasing their capacity.
Improve your bone density - Dancing slightly jars the
bones, which encourages the body to build new bone. This helps
to strengthen the skeleton and reduces the risk of conditions
such as Osteoporosis.
Improve your balance - Dancing will improve your balance
Improve your co-ordination - Exercise improves blood
flow to the brain which encourages direct focus and concentration.
Build muscle tone - Regular dancing will improve and
build muscle tone throughout the body, particularly in the legs
and buttocks. Regular dancers often find they drop a clothes
size due to increased muscle tone.
Improve mobility - Dancing will increase the amount
of synovial fluid around the joints therefore improving mobility.
Improve flexibility - Dancing will gently lengthen
and strengthen your muscles to improve flexibility.
Improve grace and agility - Improved posture, mobility
and flexibility will contribute towards improved grace and agility.
Help your circulation - Using your heart more will
pump blood around the body and increase your circulation.
Aid in weight loss - Dance is an excellent way to exercise
without realising it. Aerobic activity means your heart rate
is raised and maintained, therefore, combined with a calorie
controlled diet, assisting in weight loss. U.S research shows
that a vigorous dance class can burn as many calories as a gym
Improve your confidence - Dancing encourages confidence
and releases endorphins which give you the 'feel good factor'.
Help you to relax - Dancing is a great way to forget
your troubles for a while, while aerobic activity will physically
tire you and aid relaxation.
Improve your social life - Meet other people and make
new friends with others who are just like you, singles, couples
and friends alike!
Boost immunity - People who exercise regularly get
fewer minor ailments such as colds and flu.
Improve brain activity - Improved blood flow to the
brain keeps it in good shape. Learning new routines encourages
the brain to produce new dendrites (connections between nerve
cells), which help your brain to store and retrieve information
Ease aches and lifts depression - Sustained activity
such as dancing releases endorphins. These are body-made chemicals
that ease pain, banish depression, and encourage feelings of
Increase strength and stamina - Aerobic and weight
bearing activity will boost your strength and endurance.
Burn up to 400 calories per hour!
Some information taken, with thanks, from Penfriend magazine,
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