There is no denying the fact that dancing is fun! What’s there not to love about cutting the rug to music. Dancing is always evolving as a form of expression and has stood the test of time for a reason. Studies have shown the benefits of dance can improve your mood but dancing for exercise is also another key benefit. In fact, just 30-minutes of dance can burn between 200-400 calories, which is roughly the same amount of cycling or running. A study in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that dance as exercise is just as effective for weight loss as cycling and jogging. Here are some other reasons to get started today!
- Low-impact aerobic activity
- Fat burning exercise that increases metabolism
- Increases stamina
- Increases flexibility
- Increases muscle strength
- Requires little equipment
- Great for all ages
Dancing is a whole-body workout that is so much fun you might not even notice that you’re doing good for your heart, mind, balance, coordination, muscle strength, and more. Whether you have been dancing your whole life, or are just beginning in your golden years, dance not only can help you obtain your fitness goals but will challenge you in ways you never thought possible. The great part about dance is, unlike other fitness activities such as running, you can constantly learn something new, and evolve.
As a Fred Astaire dance student, you choose which dance style you’d like to learn first based on what’s most appealing to you, and your individual dance goals. For example, individuals interested in high-energy lessons for improved physical health would likely choose a different style than couples looking for an elegant First Dance for their wedding.
The use of quick steps, lifts, twists, and turns will help you develop more muscle strength in your arms, legs, and core as your lessons continue only further improving your health and wellbeing.
Fun social activity
Studies have shown you are far more likely to stick with exercise in a group setting, with friends, or a partner than if you do it alone. The best type of physical activity is the one that you’ll keep doing because you enjoy it. Having social support encourages motivation, accountability, and better results.