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Ballroom Dancing A Surprisingly Good Way To Stay Healthy

By Blaze Smith

Are you one of those people who want to stay in shape yet dislike a monotonous workout in the gym? Would you rather spend a fun hour dancing to upbeat Latin music rather than a tedious hour on the treadmill? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you really ought to try ballroom dancing! Plus it is a great way to socialize while getting many a health benefit.

There are many studies that show social dancing is an exceptional form of exercise. Mayo Clinic researchers claim social dancing helps “boost energy, improve strength, increase muscle tone and coordination all while reducing stress.” And not only in America have studies shown its value. In Italy, researchers found that 21 minutes of dancing just three times a week has cardiovascular benefits equal to a bicycle or treadmill workout.

Gym workouts of course improve your bones and muscles. But interestingly, experts claim that the best way to increase your metabolism is dancing. They discovered that dancing requires surprisingly large amounts of energy, energy that is simply fun to expend! Jive, swing, salsa, samba and many more of the ballroom dances will increase your heart rate while eating up that (unsightly) fat. Talk about an enjoyable way to lose those extra pounds! Plus you will find your muscles are more tones, your core strengthens and your skin improves. How can you beat that?

Want more good news? The National Heart, Ling and Blood Institute (NHLBI) stated that dancing can strengthen your bones (especially those on your hips and legs,) aid in managing your weight, lower your risk of coronary heart diseases, and decrease your blood pressure. Sweet!

The New England Journal of Medicine reported, when looking for ways to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in the elderly, that dancing does just this.

Like most exercises, the amount of benefit you get from dancing depends on the type and intensity. Exercise physiologist Catherine Cram of Comprehensive Consulting in Middleton, Wisconsin, stated that “a terrific workout occurs when a person gets his or her heart rate up (and) … dance is a weight-bearing activity which builds bones.”

And these are not all the benefits of ballroom dancing. But don’t just take our word for it. Have fun. Be fit. Dance!

Interested in something fun (not just laborious) do take a look at Blaze Smith’s free “Ballroom Dance and Pregnancy” video on the topic. She also has other free ballroom dancing tips and how tos available on the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Mamaroneck site providing tips and information about ballroom dancing, what to wear, what to expect at the studio and more.

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