Keeping our hearts healthy is important. Cardiovascular exercises, which increase heart rate, keep our hearts in shape. Regular exercise has also been shown to lower blood pressure, freeing our heart from some of the effort in moving blood through our system.
But many people don’t get much enjoyment from disciplined workouts. They know they need regular cardiovascular exercise to stay heart-healthy, but what activities are there to steer clear of tedious typical exercise programs?
Many find dancing to be one such activity. Dancing allows you to get your heart pumping and your limbs moving without having to endure the monotony of exercising on a treadmill or at a gym. Dancing regularly keeping not only keeps ones heart healthy, it also helps maintain balance and coordination. Plus, of course, dance lessons and events let you get you out of the house regularly and make and meet friends.
Local organizations, universities, community and, sometimes, churches hold dancing lessons and events that are open to people of all abilities and skill levels. If you haven’t danced in awhile, or even if you’ve never tried it before, it’s never too late to learn.
Adding another skill to your list never hurts, and dancing is an ability that comes in handy mighty often. Dance lessons are typically offered by style (ballroom, folk, Latin, swing, et cetera) and ability level (beginner, intermediate, advanced, competitive).
Ballroom dancing is performed with a partner (don’t worry; there are typically a number of “singles” taking lessons. You’ll be able to pair off when you go to the lesson). Everything from the internationally renowned waltz, to the classic American Foxtrot, to the Tango and cha-cha, fall into the category of ballroom dance.
Folk dancing typically refers to square dancing, contra dancing, or one of several Irish, Scottish, or English styles of dance. Folk dances can sometimes be more social than ballroom dances (since partners typically split up and join with others during the course of the dance).
Latin Dancing is my dance of preference. It is similar to ballroom in that it is usually a partnered dance and there a good amount of singles that take the course as well. I know a good amount of people that met their significant other through the dance ( I am one of them). Some of the Latin Dances are Merengue, Bachata, Salsa, and Cumbia just to name a few. Other popular styles of dance include swing, Latin, traditional and many others. Feel free to explore. Who knows you might find you significant other on the dance floor.
Books and videos can also be found online, if you just need a refresher, or would rather get the basics in the comfort of your own home, but only would not take the place of an actual class.
My recommendation is to find a dance type you would like to try and ask around or you can contact me if you need help. If you are in the Huntsville, AL area, you are in luck there are some great instructors especially in the Latin Dancing arena that can help you get started to have fun and lower your cholesterol.
If you’re looking for a great way to be heart-smart, stays fit, and meet new people, try dancing. Dance lessons allow us to try something new, exercise, and take part in a social activity all at the same time. Find a style that interests you, pick the appropriate skill level, find a place, and dance!