Dance to Your Health


We, as a society, are more aware than ever of the importance of physical fitness to our overall health. While we remain aware of the need for physical activity, far too many of us find far too few reasons to incorporate physical activity into our daily lives and routines. We procrastinate for many reasons in this particular effort. For some, time is the defining factor; while others will readily admit that they have no appreciation whatsoever for those activities that come to mind when they think about exercise.

Whatever your reason for not incorporating exercise and physical activity into your daily routine, have you considered dancing for your health? There are all kinds of wonderful reasons to dance, though I can think of very few better than dancing for the sake of your health and physical well being. When it comes to dancing, the good news is in most instances it doesn’t feel as though you are getting exercise, and the burning of calories doesn’t sting nearly as much when you’re having fun burning them.

Dance evolved a great deal, and the history of dance is a long and noble. For those men who never considered dancing in the past, one might add, even a quite manly history.

Benefits of Dancing

In addition to burning calories, a good thing for dieters everywhere, dancing also helps strengthen your muscles and bones.
It can provide either a low impact or high impact workout according to your wishes and the music you select; it can be entertaining and feel like fun rather than a chore. This means you are more likely to actually do it than many other exercise programs, and it can help tone all areas of your body rather than focusing on one particular area.

If you take classes, dancing also provides an excellent opportunity to socialize and meet others. In the process, dance helpd you gain a better sense of balance and grace (those like me who have absolutely no sense of grace could greatly benefit from this alone). Dancing and the physical activity alone can help you ward off potential illnesses often associated with excess weight and too little physical activity. As little as thirty minutes of dance 4 days a week can bring about profound results when it comes to your overall health and well being.

More important than any of these benefits of dancing mentioned above, dancing is fun. This means that you will enjoy life a little, laugh a little, and accidentally work a little physical fitness into your life without feeling as though you are suffering. So many people get very little physical activity because they do not see physical activity as fun.

If you are wondering what sort of dance is right for you, there are many choices. Square dancing is great fun for couples as are ballroom and swing dancing. Line dancing, contra square dancing, clogging, and tap dancing can be great fun in larger groups or as a participant in a class. If you want something a little sexier for your dance efforts, you can always try Salsa dancing, Flamenco dancing, or belly dancing.

If you live in or around a relatively large community, it is quite likely that you can find classes or teachers for private lessons for each of these forms of dance quite easily. You do want to make sure that anyone you take lessons from knows what they are doing. You can also look in your local paper for square dancing groups or bars or clubs that offer line dancing classes on designated nights during the week.

Whether you have been dancing all your life or are a rank novice when it comes to dancing, this is a great way to bring physical fitness into your life. You can improve your health without feeling as though you are really working for it or experiencing a sense of dread at the very thought.