Updated: Apr 29
Whether you’re 8 or 80, dance can be life-changing for you.
The benefits you get from dancing are similar to those of cardiovascular training. Just like a cardio activity like elliptical training or running, you certainly get your heart rate up! An added benefit dance offers that activities like running or elliptical training do not is multi-planar training. You are moving in several directions with a moment's notice, versus moving in a single plane of motion (like forward). As you take your body through several multi-planar movement (which is fantastic for joint health), you are constantly distracted from you feeling tired. The longer you stay active, the more you get out of your cardio session.
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As your cardiovascular system strengthens, you can stick to the activity for a longer period of time. Before you know it, you can be dancing for 20 minutes and easily burn 400 calories.
IMPROVES BALANCE AND INCREASES STRENGTH: As mentioned above, because dance included various movements in different planes of motion, it is a fanatic activity for the health of your joints. The affect your balance. No muscle is left behind when dancing. You’re not just using your legs, or your arms, or your abs. You are using everything AT THE SAME TIME. “This type of movement not only increases strength, it also improves balance.”
DIFFERENT DANCE STYLES FOR DIFFERENT ABILITIES: You may opt to do a hip hop cardio routine, or you may choose to take a ballroom class if you have limited mobility. There’s dance style for everyone and everyone’s limitations.
The benefits of dance is beyond physical. We know dance can boost your mood and increase confidence. But you might be surprised to know how it can actually reverse the signs of aging in the BRAIN!
Happy Living through Dancing,
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