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It's time to get your groove on

It's time to get your groove on

  Photo by Emerson Richards

Photo by Emerson Richards

 Dancing is not only fun, it’s also really good for your health.

There is a certain sensation of feeling carefree when dancing. I think most of us have tried to get lost in a song that we just can’t resist moving to. In fact, one of the first boys I ever attracted (a French hottie from the National Ballet School in Paris) later told me he really liked how I let go on the dance floor and that led him to initiate contact. Guess you can never know where letting go will lead you.

Now, besides picking up boys and being good for the soul, dancing also has some pretty significant health benefits. Research in Sweden published in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine shows that dancing also has an effect on our mental health boosting our overall happiness.

If you choose to approach your dancing as low-impact cardio workout you will need to get your heart rate pumping to a level where you shouldn’t be so out of breath that you can’t speak, but you should breathe heavy and your words shouldn’t flow easy. That will improve your cardiovascular health, increase your stamina and strengthen your muscles, your flexibility and you get to use so many different muscle groups while dancing, never pushing yourself to hard in just one area. Now the difference that sets dancing ahead of traditional cardio training is that dancing is FUUUN – it’s fun in a way that a boring treadmill routine is not. Plus busting a move can release the feel-good hormones such as serotonin and endorphins. Not a bad way of burning calories.

We may not think so, but I believe there is a dancer in everyone and if you’re in a room filled with people, all dancing, the only way - is to give in to that tempting beat, leave your thoughts and let your body lead the way. It’s about moving your body YOUR way. Zone out and focus on how great you feel. Teaching dance meditations over time has shown me just how dancing actually makes people smile. What in turn makes me smile is that there is no logical explanation as to why human dance. We just do. NOT to dance, to me, is almost like fighting Mother Nature and why would we do that when it feels so good. 

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