It's Time to Dance!

dance exercise fitness fun Jan 18, 2017

A few weeks ago I started going to a hip hop dance class, and I love it! I’ve loved dancing since I was very young but had never taken any classes. At first, I was a bit uncomfortable with all the counting and following along; although I’m very good at freestyle dancing. It was pretty awkward and confusing at first watching the teacher in the mirror! But I sure hung in there :-)

It was an excellent class and a great way to get out of my comfort zone for sure. I noticed that the nicer and easier I was with myself the quicker I was able to pick up the steps. Sure, I’d catch myself here and there getting frustrated that I’d missed a move, but I quickly reminded myself to have fun! I mean that was the point of taking the class, to have a fun time!

I’m active with resistance training 3-4 times a week, but I wanted to add some upbeat fun cardio. You’re not going to find me on the treadmill!! Besides being super fun, dancing is excellent for your health; many studies note a 76% risk reduction for dementia. If you need any more reasons to begin dancing, it's also good for:

 _Memory

_Fantastic for balance

_Circulation

_Flexibility and many other things.

"You certainly don’t have to attend a dance class to get the benefits, but I highly recommend trying one. Dancing at home or whenever you get inspired to is a great and fun way to improve health and boost your mood! Do it as often as you can as a fun way to move your body. I do encourage you to go out and try different styles of dancing. Get around others in a group, especially if you’ve never tried it before. So, this week make it a point to add some more dancing to your life! Have fun." :-)

 

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