We as a world are more aware than ever of the importance of physical fitness to our overall health. While we remain aware of the need for physical activity too many of us find far too few reasons to incorporate physical activity into our daily lives and routines. There are many reasons that we procrastinate in this particular effort. For some, time is the defining factor while others will readily admit that they have no appreciation whatsoever for physical activities.
Whatever your reason for not incorporating exercise and physical activity into your daily routine, have you considered dancing for your health? There are all kinds of wonderful reasons to dance though I can think of very few that would be better than dancing for the sake of your health and physical well-being. The good news when it comes to dancing is that in most instances it doesn’t feel as though you are getting exercise and the burning of calories doesn’t sting nearly as much when you’re having fun burning them.
For those men who haven’t considered it, dancing has evolved a great deal, the history of dance has a long and noble history, even one might add, a quite manly history.
Benefits of Dancing
In addition to burning calories, which is a good thing for anyone wanting to lose the extra weight, dancing also helps strengthen your muscles and bones. It can provide either a low impact or high impact workout whichever you prefer and the music you select. It can be entertaining and feel like fun rather than a chore, this means you are more likely to actually do it than many other exercise programs, and it can help tone all areas of your body rather than focusing on one particular area as many exercises do.
Dancing also provides an excellent opportunity to socialize and meet others if you take classes while in the process helping you gain a better sense of balance and grace (those like me who have absolutely no sense of grace could greatly benefit from this alone). Dancing and physical activity alone can help you ward off potential illnesses that are often associated with excess weight and too little physical activity. Even as little as thirty minutes of dance 4 days a week can bring about profound results when it comes to your overall health and well-being.
More importantly, however, than any of these benefits of dancing mentioned above, dancing is fun. This means that you will enjoy life a little, laugh a little, and accidentally work a little physical fitness into your life without feeling as though you are suffering for the sake of doing so. Too many people get very little physical activity because they do not see physical activity as fun.
If you are wondering what sort of dance is right for you, there are many from which to choose. Square dancing is great fun for couples as are ballroom and swing dancing. How about Zumba, Hip Hop, Freestyle, Line dancing, and tap dancing, it can be great fun in larger groups or as a participant in a class. If you want something a little sexier for your dance efforts you can always try Salsa dancing, Flamenco dancing, or belly dancing.
If you live in or around a relatively large community it is quite likely that you can find classes or teachers for private lessons for each of these forms of dance quite easily. You do want to make sure that anyone you take lessons from knows what they are doing. You can look online for places in your local area that offer dance classes, or get together with a few like-minded friends and start your own dance nights one or two times a week.
Whether you have been dancing all your life or are a rank novice when it comes to dancing, this is a great way to bring physical fitness into your life and improving your health without feeling as though you are really working for it or experiencing a sense of dread at the very thought.
If you want to have fun and lose weight, why not give dancing a try.
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