Shall we start dancing? Tangos, waltzes, sambas, and foxtrots are gliding across America’s TV sets on the hit ballroom dance show, Dancing with the Stars. If you feel like you can groove along with such fun music, you already have what it takes towards fitness as ballroom dancing is actually good for your mind, body and spirit; an overall fitness package.
Dancing is a weight-bearing activity that builds bones. One dancer has testified that dancing made her lose as much as 15 pounds. It really needs practice to master and perform moves beautifully and at the right timing and rhythm. Performers take more time on practicing than their actual performance. This is where exercise applies and their body starts to build up efficiently for ballroom dancing. However, for would-be dancers, it will be important to check up with your doctor if you are fit enough to get your feet on the dance floor and do some dancing.
You sweat as you dance for performance or in rehearsals. Thus, you burn calories. The amount of calories that you burn depends on how vigorous your dance has been and how long. According to USDA’s physical guidelines, dancing is categorized as moderate activity. This is highly recommended among adults who are required to have at least 30 minutes of moderate activity to keep their body alive and healthy.
Ballroom dancing works the backs of the thighs and buttock muscles differently from many other types of exercise. In running, biking, walking or any common sports, you are used on using your feet forward which makes dancing different especially when you do those foxtrot dance moves. It is like stepping backwards as movements are not only on forwards direction but can go differently even backwards. That is, other muscles are developed. You may start to think you are using your muscles you never thought you have.
To be able to dance efficiently and gracefully, you have to have strong core muscles- back and abs. With ballroom dancing, you get to do those flashy movements but you cannot do it properly without a strong core. At the same time, you have to have an alert mind to be able to register those movements in to your brain to command your muscles accordingly. With that, your brain is trained and works efficiently even as you age and reduces your risk to neural problems such as dementia.
Ballroom dancing doesn’t only benefit your body but also your brain in many ways. It helps regulate blood circulation to your brain to keep its cells healthy and works efficiently. It reduces stress, depression and loneliness as you get to socialize and gain friends as you dance. It is not really purely physical. It brings challenge to your brain as you get to memorize steps which keep the brain working and avoid getting stuck-up or worned out for being not frequently used.
Worried about your two left feet? No worries! Ballroom dancing is not really a talent inhibited by birth (though some are really borne to be great dancers), it is a skill that can be mastered through time with frequent training. As long as you are determined and disciplined, you’ll go a long way groovin’.