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Three physical and emotional benefits associated with taking dance classes
As far as our overall health and general well-being is concerned, it’s probably safe to say that many of us aren’t doing all we can to take the best possible care of ourselves in order to be as healthy and as happy as we can possibly be. We all know that a healthy diet and plenty of exercise are both vital parts of any healthy lifestyle, yet many people just can’t stand the thought of heading to a loud, noisy gym full of sweaty people, and spending the next hour or so stuck on a treadmill or lifting weights following the same repetitive, monotonous routine day in and day out. Exercise should be fun, or else what’s the point. Life’s too short to be stuck doing something you hate doing, and when you have fun-filled, exciting options available to you, then why not choose them instead? Take dancing for instance. Dancing is one of the most popular pastimes in the entire world, and it has been practised for literally centuries upon centuries. What many of you probably haven’t considered however, is that taking dance fitness classes will also offer you a whole host of health and general well-being benefits. Here are just three to help give you an idea.
Dancing is a great way of losing weight
As we said previously, when people think of losing weight, they tend to picture themselves sweating on a treadmill several hours per week, staring at a wall in some noisy gym. What they probably didn’t consider, was that dancing is actually a great way of burning calories and losing weight. Whether it’s salsa, Cha Cha, Ballroom dancing, Swing dancing, or any other form of dancing for that matter, you can rest assured that when you take part, not only will you have such great fun, you’ll also burn calories and lose weight, and increase your stamina and fitness too. One hour’s worth of Salsa dancing for example, has the potential of burning close to 700 calories, roughly the same amount as you’d burn on a treadmill in the same amount of time.
Your flexibility will greatly improve
How many of you wish you were slightly more nimble and more flexible than you currently are now? A fair few of you we bet. Well, if you want to help solve this problem, taking part in dance classes could help you do just that. Most dance classes begin with a warm up routine which involves several stretching exercises. Once you begin your muscles will also get a great workout, helping to limber them up, resulting in an increased range of motion. Simply put, dancers are some of the most flexible people in the world today, and you could be too.
You’ll feel emotionally happier and more confident
Dance is a great form of exercise, and when we exercise, our brains release endorphin which is ‘happy’ chemical which make us feel happy and confident. Dance classes will involve socializing with other like-minded individuals, so you can offer support to one another and make new friends. This will help to boost your self-esteem and your confidence levels. Combine this with the fact that you’ll be getting fitter, will be losing weight, will be socializing and meeting new people, as well as toning your muscles and improving your flexibility, and you’ll soon be feeling happier and more confident than ever before. You’ll also feel far less stress and tense.