November 2, 2011

Dance For Health

Dancing is a unique form of exercise because it provides the heart-healthy benefits of an aerobic exercise while also allowing you to engage in a social activity. This is especially stimulating to the mind, and one 21-year study published in the New England Journal of Medicine even found dancing can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia in the elderly.


Benefits of Dancing
To dance for 30 minutes continuously or in sessions (no less than 10 minutes per session) every day will bring you a lot of physical benefits, such as:

1. Increase bone density, reducing the risk of osteoporosis;
2. Improve cardiopulmonary functions and blood circulation;
3. Lesser risk of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and carcinoma of large intestine;
4. Improve joints' agility and suppleness, thus reducing the risk of sprain;
5. Burn calories to maintain healthy body weight;
6. Relieve pressure and enhance physical and mental health; and
7. Enlarge social circle and improve relationship with friends and family.

If you're looking for specific health results, here's a breakdown of the benefits of some popular dances. Just remember that any type of dancing is better than no dancing at all!

Aerobic Dance
-Strengthens the body including the weight bearing bones and cardiovascular muscles.
-Hhelps your lose weight as well as builds your body muscles.
-It is also suitable for those who want to tone their muscles.
-Increases blood circulation and lowers blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
-Increases the circulation of oxygen to heart, lungs and blood vessels for smooth functioning of the body.
-An effective remedy for depression, anxiety and tension.

Belly Dancing
-Improved posture and muscle toning
-Maintains flexibility
-Helps prevent lower back problems
-Tones and firms arms and shoulders
-Helps with weight loss
-Helps prepare women for childbirth
-Reduces stress

Ballroom Dancing
-Conditions the body
-Helps keep the heart in shape
-Builds and increases stamina
-Develops the circulatory system
-Strengthens and tones legs and body
-Increases flexibility and balance
-Helps with weight loss
-Relieves stress


Salsa Dancing
-Builds endurance and stamina
-Helps with weight loss
-Relieves stress
-Helps you release toxins via sweating
-May help lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels
-Can lead to a reduced heart rate over time

Square Dancing
-Provides cardiovascular conditioning
-May lead to a slower heart rate, lower blood pressure and an improved cholesterol profile
-Strengthens bones
-Helps you develop strong social ties
-Loosens and tones muscles

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