People who know me, know that I love dancing. Often they ask me, “what’s so good about dancing?” and once I tell them, so many are keen to join me on the dance floor.
Before I get into how much fun it is, I want to delve into why it’s so good for you. One of the primary causes of so many chronic, inflammatory diseases is lack of circulation. You’ll hear me say it over and over again but optimum circulation is the key to great health. Internally it allows blood and oxygen to flow freely throughout the body and avoids nasty blockages and externally will leave you with a youthful, glowing appearance.
We all know we need to do it, but so many loathe it. Exercise is a must and although there is a gym on almost every corner, weight loss programs everywhere you look and “health” products on almost every supermarket shelf, why then are so many countries facing the worst obesity epidemic in the history of mankind?
Why? Because we don’t move enough. So my challenge to you is to find a source of movement you enjoy. With me, it’s dancing and I’ll share with your what it’s done for me.
The best part about it is that you don’t even realise that you’re exercising because you’re too busy having fun.
Dancing has been part of many cultures since the dawn of time. Part of a ritual for many events and for the most part a sign of enjoyment and celebration. Not to mention that you can dance almost from the day you’re born to the day you die. Don’t you just love watching toddlers dance ? Not a care in the world. We should all be like that.
I’ve always had a passion for dancing from when I was a little girl but my parents could never afford lessons. I would attend any youth discos I could and when I was 18 took up Jazz classes, later Ballroom and in my 30s and beyond Latin dancing and Rock n Roll.
The biggest benefit was weight loss and healthy blood test results. After child birth my sugar and cholesterol became elevated and within a year of dancing everything went back to normal.
It’s not just the physical benefits. Dancing is food for the soul and wonderful for your mental wellbeing. You are surrounded by happy people, all coming together with a common goal to learn how to dance. It’s not like being at a bar and feeling really self conscious to approach someone to say hello. When you go out dancing everyone is there to dance so there’s no need to feel shy particularly when you join a dance group.
Dance lessons are great therapy especially when you’re tired because you will feel energized and you automatically forget about everything so you can concentrate. When I dance, I forget about all my troubles, I concentrate on my moves and smile and laugh a lot. By the time I get home, “Im happy and relaxed. It is so good for the mind and studies have shown it is an excellent way to combat dementia.
The hardest part about deciding to take lessons, is to decide which style of dancing you like.
My preferences are Salsa, Bachata, Lindy Hop and Rock n Roll, which are partnered dances. Other partnered dancing includes West Coast Swing, Waltz, Tango, Fox Trot, Paso Doble, Cha Cha Cha, and Merengue.
There are so many to choose from if you prefer to dance without partners like Line Dancing, Pole Dancing (this one is hard but so good to build strong muscles), Hip Hop, Burlesque, Ballet, Zumba, Belly Dancing, Bollywood, Reggatton and the list goes on.
Most major cities and suburbs provide lessons and dance events to attend so if you’re not sure, try them out and choose the style that you like best.
Most teachers will offer your first lesson free or have packages for beginners and people are very welcoming. It’s great to watch a beginner blossom into a confident dancer. Hey, if you can’t get to a class, there are many DVDs or online dance classes you can do in the privacy of your own home.
Please check out my website HERE for lots of info, tips and ideas… go ahead it’s FREE!
So, celebrate life and movement, go out and dance. That’s what’s so good about dancing. You’ll be amazed at how happy and youthful you’ll feel and the great friends you’ll make along your journey.
Do your mind, body and soul a favour and jump onto a dance floor soon
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