Self Care, Exercise
Tired of the same old exercise routine?
Not ready to go back to the gym but looking for a new way to work out?
Whether you are looking for a low-impact workout built for flexibility or a routine that has you jumping to the beat or a little of both, dancing is excellent exercise. Dancing provides:
• Weight-bearing exercise to build strong bones,
• Routines that naturally increase joint flexibility,
• Movement that expands your endurance and improves your cardiovascular health,
• A core strengthening workout that boosts your balance, and
• A fun way to stay in shape.
Dancing is a light-hearted way to get moving, stay energized, and reduce stress.
You can dance solo.
You can dance anywhere. And you don’t need any special exercise equipment, just music.
If you have access to iTunes, Spotify, or another streaming service, you can even create your own playlists.
Then, turn on the tunes and dance in the privacy of your living room. Move the furniture and invite your children or grandchildren to join you for family fun and fitness.
If you enjoy music, dancing makes exercise easy. Moving and grooving to just 10 of your favorite songs will have you burning 150 calories in about 30 minutes. And the time will fly by.
Dancing is an effortless way to get your body in motion.
If you have limited mobility, you can even tap your toes and shake maracas in a chair. Your arms and legs will appreciate the activity.
According to a small study from Saint Louis University Medical Center, even people who suffer from osteoarthritis can benefit from a slow-paced dancing program. The right program can ease joint pain and help older people move better.
If you’re working with a physical therapist or an orthopedic provider, tell them you’d like to add a few dance moves to your exercise plan. They can tell you which movements to avoid and help you adapt others to match your health and fitness level.
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