Health Benefits of Dancing

  1. Is an Aerobic Activity
  2. Improves Balance and Coordination
  3. Is a Low Impact Activity
  4. Contributes to Mental and Emotional Health because it's Artistic and Romantic

10 Benefits of Dancing

  • Make New Friends
  • It Builds Self Confidence
  • It Improves Your Posture
  • It Reduces Stress
  • It Will Help Regulate Your Weight
  • Dancing Increases Your Flexibility
  • It Builds Strong Muscles
  • It Will Increase Your Coordination
  • It Will Increase Your Stamina
  • Dancing is Fun

Dancing Improves Brain Function and Reverses Signs of Aging

  • Improves Memory and Learning
  • Helps relieve anxiety and depression.
  • Unlike usual fitness training, dance significantly improves balance.

Getting Fit for Dance

Fitness ABCs

But I thought I'd get fit from dancing.  True it will help, especially if you've been sedentary.  But if you have, you'll probably find some of the dances too physically demanding without some additional activity.  

Simple changes can have a huge impact for many

  • Add walking 2-3 times a week.
  • Any bike riding however brief will be felt when you take to the dance floor.
  • If you felt the stairs, go up them again.
  • Test your leg strength:  do a squat with one leg - steady yourself with the other.  
  • Did you find a point where you can't come back up?
  • 10 squats with both legs 2 to 3 times per week will make a huge difference in your leg strength.  Takes a few only seconds.
  • Test yourself every few days.
  • Add some core muscle exercises for function on the dance floor and looking younger.

Exercise is not the Key for Weightloss - It's Eating

  • The gyms would have a tizzy over that truth!
  • Eat to lose weight
  • Exercise to get stronger.

It's a carb, it's a carb, it's a carb carb carb!

  • As my son Nathan pointed out to me a few years ago, "in the history of mankind, there has never been a carb that ever made a muscle fiber!  But we keep trying!"
  • Your body wants protein to build and repair muscles, and good fat for energy.
  • Most of the population is in a "food induced comma," over eating junk they call food!
  • What most call a diet is "eating less junk."  But less junk still won't make a muscle fiber.
  • Let your waist line be your guide to carb intake.
  • Too lean?  Pile on the carbs.
  • Ever look through photos before the 70's?  
  • Where are all the overweight people?  What changed?
  • Eating healthy - the lost art.

10 years ago I lost 27 lbs in 6 weeks without exercise

  • I stopped eating potatoes (all)
  • Pasta - gone!
  • Empty carbs like pancakes, oatmeal, cereals, most breads.
  • Just read the label - low protein high carbs - goodbye.
  • Divide carbs by 4 to find how many teaspoons of sugar there are. 
  • 32 carbs is 8 teaspoons of sugar dumped into your blood.
  • That giant size muffin with 60 carbs?  
  • That's 15 teaspoons of sugar causing "food comma!"
  • Oh, but its non-GMO!  Good, but a carb is a carb is a carb still.
  • I also gave up milk at that time, but now use it for my shake base.
  • The weight loss was startling and I began to wonder if I could stop it?  
  • One breakfast of Oatmeal stopped it.  Oh but they say it's so good for you!  Sure.
  • Perfect food:  The Egg - 6 grams of protein and .6 carbs.  
  • Your brain needs at least two per day.
  • Oh did they tell your brain and nervous system is made of 70% cholesterol?
  • Do your own search on the detriment of lowering your cholesterol.  
  • 50% of all heart attacks happen to people with medium/low cholesterol.
  • Busted!

Dance is a joyful activity and brings a zest for living to me.

  • I simply don't know how the rest of the world gets by without it?
  • Why not live it to the full?  
  • I want to be at my best to enjoy it and the other things in life!
  • I won't let carb snacks rob me of my vitality.  They are contraband at my home.
  • Does one snack because they're are depressed?  
  • Or are they depressed from eating carb snacks?  
  • The result is the same, and they don't appear to like themselves for it.
  • Ever notice how good a person appears to feel about themselves after loosing a bunch of weight?  
  • Can't you see that feeling of confidence and satisfaction on their face?
  • We don't have to live like the rest of the world, who pretend it doesn't matter what they may eat.
  • Simple changes really will have an impact!   
  • Why not just go for it?

Tired of Being Tired?

Ballroom Dancing is about enjoying life and staying young.

There is only so much though that exercise alone can do.