Have you ever seen anyone sad on a dance floor? Whether you’re into disco, salsa, ballet or just plain groovin’, dancing is a great way to exercise and is also a lot of fun! Dancing regularly has many benefits including improving posture, helping with weight loss and strengthening your muscles. There’s also a great social aspect to dancing and classes are often a fun way to meet new people whilst boosting your energy levels and improving overall wellbeing.
Did you know, dancing can burn up to 300 calories every half hour? It’s a great overall body work out and you must agree it is more interesting than running on a treadmill! Not only is dancing great fun, but it can also help to stabilise our core muscles, in turn improving balance and reducing the chance of injury. The more you dance, the more you will notice an increase in flexibility, balance and spatial awareness.
The social and emotional benefits of dancing are lengthy too. When we dance our bodies release endorphins (feel good hormones) which keep our minds healthy and gives us feelings of happiness. Engaging with other people and doing social activity can be as good for your mental wellbeing as physical activity, so combining both social and physical activity together is one of the best ways of tackling stress and boosting wellbeing. Dancing can improve our memory as well when memorising steps and recalling them in order, giving us a mental workout for the brain as well as physical exercise!
Don’t forget to stretch! Dancing uses all muscle groups, so it is very important before and after every workout to stretch the muscles out. Stretching helps you to get the most out of your workout and reduces the chance of injury. By stretching, you are permanently lengthening and toning your muscles which can improve flexibility and ease of motion.
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You can now download our 30-minute Stretch & Strength home workout video. This workout will help you improve muscle strength and wellbeing through a combination of overall body strength and stretch exercises.
Once you have purchased the video you can watch as many times as you like. We recommend you do this workout at least once a week, or more if you have the time.