Exercising with Dance
Some friends dancing for exercise.

Exercising with Dance

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Exercise is important for everyone, but it’s not something every person wants to engage in; however there are countless fun and interesting ways to add physical activity into your routine. If you’re not a fan of the gym or don’t feel like going for a run, maybe it’s time to try dancing. When done safely, dancing can provide a lot of benefits and be an enjoyable way to get in some regular exercise.

One of the biggest health benefits of dancing is that it exercises the whole body. This kind of whole-body exercise can have a number of physical and mental health benefits. It gets your heart pumping, making it a great cardio workout. It can also help with balance and strength, using muscles that might not be activated in other kinds of physical activity.

One of the things that makes dance such an appealing form of exercise is its variety. There are countless styles of dance, as well as other forms of fitness that can go hand in hand with dance classes.

As with any new physical activity, it’s important to be aware of safety recommendations and the potential for injury if you’re starting dance for the first time. One of the important things to be aware of in dance is positioning. Many dance positions involve moving your body in a way that may not feel natural or comfortable at first. Because dance is a whole-body exercise, you’re likely to feel sore after your first dance classes, especially in your hips and knees. Dancers of all levels should be aware of the potential for repetitive use injuries. Dance involves doing many of the same movements over and over, which can cause damage that builds up over time. Knowledgeable instructors and good warm-ups before dance can prevent most injuries and make the experience more enjoyable.

Whether you have been training for years or just took your first dance class, talk to your doctor about how to make sure that dance is a healthy activity for you.