Get Your “Go” Back-Get Up And Dance!
Does watching some of the popular dance TV shows get you motivated to get up and dance? Whether it’s doing the Cha Cha or hip-hop, dancing is a great overall mind, body and soul workout! You probably know it’s good for your joints and muscles but did you know dancing also works out your brain cells?
Studies show that regular exercise increases neuron-protective brain chemicals and strengthens connections in an area of your brain responsible for memory. While all forms of exercise produces this response, dance can improve your memory skills in more ways because in order to dance you have to learn complex steps and patterns. Researchers found that regular ballroom dancing was associated with a reduced risk of developing dementia.
Body Benefits of Dance:
Body toning and sculpting
Improved Balance and Posture
Less stress and tension held in your muscles
Better Self Confidence
Many people find the social benefits of dancing to be as wonderful as the physical exercise. Now, even though you don’t need a partner to take a dance class-taking classes with a friend can help keep you motivated. Who knows-maybe you can turn your joy for dance into community service by volunteering to perform at local community centers or nursing homes.
Before you turn on the music-be sure you’re body is ready for exercise by taking a look at your overall health. Dancing takes a lot of energy and stamina-so you want to be sure that you’re eating a diet rich in protein, carbs, and healthy fats like Omega-3-fatty acids. A diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids protects you from heart disease, joint issues and even improves your skin and hair health! You could easily add more omega 3’s into your diet by eating more fish, nuts, flaxseed or beans (I LOVE to snack on soybeans!). Another option, you may want to add an omega 3 supplement to your diet. If you’re saying “oh, no! I cannot take the fishy smell or aftertaste”-think again, there are some great tasting softgel brands out there. The one I take has a refreshing peppermint taste!
To help keep up your stamina-you may want to talk to your doctor about adding a B complex vitamin your daily health regimen. B vitamins basically work by helping with the breakdown of carbohydrates into glucose, energizing every cell in your body including your brain and muscle cells. Another supplement that I take daily includes a joint health product that contains glucosamine chondroitin sulfate and avocado/soybean. A good range of motion of your joints and flexibility in your muscle groups are essential to every form of dance. If you’re reluctant to start dancing, or any physical endeavor because of the worry about having to deal with sore muscles, stiff joints and pain-think again. Exercise, done properly, will not increase joint or muscle discomfort. In fact, studies show that regular movement will lessen stiffness and actually improve your joint mobility.
Last but not least-check with your doctor to see what’s right for you. If you have any medical conditions that may limit your physical activity level, you want to play it safe and be sure to check with your doctor before signing up for classes or starting a dance regimen. If you get the thumbs up from the doctor, you’re ready to hit the dance floor but before your debut-be comfortable by selecting shoes that are appropriate for your chosen dance style and wear loose fitting clothing. Turn up the music and dance your way to a healthier energetic lifestyle!