Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Featured Activity of the Month: Dancing

 Love to cut a rug? If so, getting down on the dance floor could improve your overall health! Have a Grey’s Anatomy-style dance party in the middle of the living room, or take a dance-based fitness class at the Cullman Wellness and Aquatic Center, or line-dance at the Donald E. Green Senior Center! It’s instinctive to move to music, so don’t stop! These facts can help you dance your way to better health!



·      It’s instinctual to move to music! Rhythm response starts in the brain where musical vibrations light up timing circuits in the brain that prompt you to move.
·      Individuals with cardiac conditions that danced 20 minutes, at least 3 times per week can see significant improvement in heart health.
·      Dancing helps increase bone strength which can help fight against osteoporosis
·      Learning dance routines and following the cues of an instructor can help to preserve motor skills and perceptual abilities and decrease risks of developing dementia by 76%, which is important for the aging population.  
·      A 30-minute dance class can burn up to 250 calories
·      Depending on the type of dance class you taking, it can be a full-body workout! Dancing can engage core, arms, legs, glutes, and back.
·      This activity can increase flexibility, aerobic activity, and strength. If you have sustained an injury, or suffer from certain medical conditions dance can be made a low-impact activity.
·      Dancing is a great way to stay fit during pregnancy, especially if you were a dancer before pregnancy. Just be mindful of balance and heart rate during 2nd and 3rd trimesters.

      Bottom line is dancing makes you feel good! The more time you spend busting a move the happier you will be (it’s all about those endorphins, people!). If you have never taken a dance class before, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone!



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