Why Dancing is Good for You

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Why Dancing is Good for You
By: Niall C.

*First of all, let us define the word “Dancing”. It is the inflected form from the word “Dance” which means “To engage in or perform a dance”, “To move up or down or about in a quick and lively manner.* ~It generally refers to human movement either used as a form of expression or presented in a social, spiritual or performance setting. People who dance are called “dancers” and the act of dance is known as “dancing”. An event where dancing takes place may be called “a dance”. Choreography is the art of making dances, and the person who does this is called a choreographer.

Historically speaking, dancing has certainly been a part of the human culture whereas it is always accompanied with music. Certain dance forms were called “tango, waltz, jive, foxtrot, ballet, jazz and even hip hop” just to name a few.~

Let me raise the question and reason on why dancing is good for you. It is actually a good form of exercise. It not only involves your whole body to move but it also definitely improves your health. It is indeed a form of cardiovascular exercise. Dancing has become a part of my life since I was at a very young age. It actually became my job since I was very fond of the art. I can still remember how awkward I felt during my first day taking up ballet and jazz basics and believe me, I was only one of the few in my country who were males learning such the said art. At first I felt really embarrassed but if you think and look deeply it was really an advantage for me. Soon enough as I was learning more I had the chance and opportunity to teach modern jazz, ballroom dancing, hip hop and even breakdancing. I became a dance choreographer. Imagine learning ballet, jazz and all that eventually led me to a very successful career in the field of dancing. It has also helped me in a lot ways healthwise. I not only was enjoying it, it also has helped improve my health.

Exercise and Physical Fitness

#With the pressures of job and social obligations tugging us every which way, it's more and more difficult to find time for exercise. Maybe that's why people are struggling with their weight and health more than ever. It's no secret that moderate exercise and sensible eating habits are the keys to remain trim and fit. However, the thought of spending thirty minutes on a treadmill, or jogging around the block five times is out of the question for many of us. Dancing works like a stress and tension reducer. For people on a hectic schedule it can become a passion that helps you improve your attitude and increase your confidence in both social and business situations. That's what makes dance the ideal exercise! After all, dancing is a mild aerobic workout, minus the boring part! When you take dance lessons, you make exercise a fun and enjoyable social event, every night of the week. Your dance "work out" takes place with pleasant music and everyone's in a good mood. It's fun.
Consider these dance facts:
• Dance contributes to increased personal confidence.
• Olympic athletes often include dance in their training to sharpen their control, agility, speed and balance.
• Dance is considered to be one of the top five physical activities, out of 60 studied.
• Dance contributes to good posture and body alignment.
• Dancing encourages gentle stretching.
• Dance increases your flexibility and stamina.
• As an aerobic exercise, dance benefits your cardiovascular system as you swing and sway from hips to shoulders.
• Some doctors recommend thirty minutes of dance, three times per week.#

^Dance is a great form of exercise while allowing you to be as energetic as you like. Some estimate social levels of dancing to burn 100-400 calories/hr, while competitive dancers burn 600 calories per hour. Two to three hours of continuous social dancing can give you an excellent low-impact aerobic workout. Dancing is also a fun substitute for boring exercise programs designed for recovering surgery & heart patients.

If you are to dance, it would require and give you good posture, which helps you breathe better, walk better and look and feel younger! Finally, dancing is one of the few activities men and women can enjoy together.^ Dancing as a form of exercise does not necessarily require you to be a professional dancer. Dancing is really a fun way to enjoy an exercise. You might as well try it!
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*webster.com ~wikipedia.org #arthurmurraylasvegas.com ^rjdance.com/pg-health.htm

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This article was published on 2006/04/26