Hop off the treadmill, put down the puzzle, slip into some heels and get ready to dance your way to a firmer body and brain.
This semester I’m taking a ballroom dancing class.
In this class, not only do we learn the waltz, foxtrot and all that good stuff, but we also learn the benefits of dancing–not by reading about them in a book, but by actually getting up and moving.
We all know that dancing is good for you, because it can be a form of cardio that gets your heart pumping, but did you also know that dancing gets the brain pumping, too?
According to a study done by the England Journal of Medicine, dancing at least two times a week can reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer’s, dementia, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and heart disease
Dancing is a moderate activity aka an activity that strengthens bones and works your upper body, as well as your lower body. According to Web MD, adults should incorporate 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity into their daily lives. Dancing for a half hour is way easier and a lot more fun than jogging for a half hour!
Of course, the amount of calories you burn depends on the type of dancing you do, but if you’re dancing and your heart rate starts kicking up, you know you are dancercising!.
With ballroom dances like the foxtrot and the tango you are sure to get a good workout. In these dances, women take large backwards strides and the men walk forward and lead their partner. Try doing that on a treadmill.
According to Web MD, ballroom dancing differs from any other types of exercise due to the way it works the back of the thighs and the muscles in the buttocks. Take that, squats!
But muscles aren’t the only thing dancing tones. Dancing challenges your brain, reduces stress and depression, and improves your balance. By memorizing dance steps, counting the beat and keeping your head aligned with your body, you are keeping your brain and helping your posture.
Ballroom dancing also helps you make friends by forcing you to socialize with a dancing partner–yay!