If you’re looking for a fun way to elevate your workouts with big benefits, look to the dance floor to get your body moving and burn those calories. Dancing is excellent for cardio and muscle strength as it increases your heart rate and works out every part of the body. It also increases flexibility, improves your memory, and lifts your mood & confidence. It is a truly holistic approach to working out – mind, body, and soul. Arthur Murray – St. Augustine wants to help you boost your fitness goals with dance! We’re here to help you set goals and crush them this summer. Contact us to schedule a lesson.
Why is dancing a great fitness activity?
Dancing is a low impact activity that is easy on the joints. The key is finding the right style that gives you the right amount of exercise & impact. Styles like the waltz and some tangos, with slow, fluid movements won’t tax your joints and will keep you dancing for longer periods of time.
Flexibility is important for all activities, as it helps to prevent injury. Dancing is a great way to improve your flexibility and range of motion – meaning the amount of movement around a specific joint or body part. Have tight hips? Loosen them up with a spicy salsa dance or a flowing Viennese waltz. Consistent practice of dance steps tests your body’s range of motion and help to increase that range through gradual progress and eventually leads to freedom of movement.
Balance & Coordination
Ballroom dancing requires keeping your center of balance stable to make sure you don’t lose your step as you glide, twist, and turn. Doing this repeatedly helps to build and stabilize your core muscles, leading to better balance and more coordinated moves on the dance floor.
“Movements that we typically do in our daily life, like walking, taking the stairs, and common workouts like treadmills and cycling, occur in the sagittal plane, but dance works your body from all planes, including lateral and rotational, which turns on and conditions all muscles, meaning no muscle is left behind.” – Jonathon Tylicki
Feel the Burn
Dancing is an awesome full body workout. It’s estimated that you burn between 300 – 500 calories per hour ballroom dancing (depending on the dance style). Your heart is pumping, your core is engaged, and you are working many muscle groups as you step and twirl around the room.
Maintaining a healthy heart is important for overall and life-long health. There are many factors that put your heart at risk (stress, diet, environment, etc) and the best way to combat those factors is through healthy diet and exercise. Regular activity increases aerobic capacity, lowers blood pressure, and improves the ratio of “good” to “bad” cholesterol. The best news is that dance has been shown to have all the benefits of other forms of exercise, in addition to the others mentioned above.
“We want the opportunity to make you the best dancer you can be. Share with us your goals and we will work with you to meet them. We believe that dance can solve many issues – physical, mental, spiritual. We care about your journey into dance and want to help you find your inner dancer.” – Marina Vlasova, studio owner
Getting in shape doesn’t have to be the boring chore that we often think it is – the dreaded treadmill, gym workouts, and calorie counting. In fact, the more interesting and enjoyable your workout, more likely you are to stick with it to meet your goals. Dancing is truly a great full-body workout with so many wonderful benefits – including FUN! Share your fitness goals with Arthur Murray – St. Augustine so we can help curate the best dance program to help you hit those targets.
Portions of this article were previously published by Arthur Murray - Orlando on May 13, 2022.