Get your dancing shoes on!

Get your dancing shoes on!

We all know the value of fitness.  But no everyone enjoys sports.  Not everyone is cut out for the gym, or running, or even swimming.  So is there another way to get fit and stay that way?  Well, yes.  Yes there is.  So let’s talk about getting on your dancing shoes!

When people talk about fitness, they automatically think of athletes.  In fact, when you google Fittest People in the World you get a long list of athletes – almost exclusively men!  But some of the fittest people in the world are dancers.  In fact, a recent UK study found that on 7 of 10 criteria, ballet dancers were fitter than Olympic swimmers.

And it’s not only ballet dancers that are fit.  Look at Tina Turner.  Can you believe she is 77?  You could be forgiven for thinking she has the secret of eternal youth.  Whilst she does watch what she easts, takes good care of herself – including visiting a Chiropractor regularly – she credits her enviable physique to dancing.

Dancing is a great way to increase your cardiovascular health, increase muscular strength and improve endurance and flexibility – not to mention manage your weight.  Particularly important for women, it is also a great way to maintain bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

There are also some less obvious benefits.  Dancing has been shown to improve psychological health and wellbeing, improve brain function and have a positive impact on your self-confidence, self-esteem and social skills.

There are so many different types of dancing that almost everyone will find one that suits them.  If you want to go it alone you could try ballet, jazz, tap or square dancing.  You might even give belly dancing a go.  If you want a form of dancing that you can do with a partner – try ballroom, salsa or rock & roll.  All of them will give you a good aerobic workout, increase muscle tone and strength, and improve your balance and flexibility.

One of the great things about dancing is – no matter whether you are going on your own, with a friend or a partner, it is a very social experience. So it might even up a whole new social circle for you!  And if you are going with your significant other, it can turn into a great date night!

There are classes, groups and clubs all over Sydney offering all sorts of styles for all levels of fitness and interest.  So if sport is not your thing, maybe think about getting your dancing shoes on!

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