Jazz Up Your Fitness Routine
Regular Dose Of Dance
It's True. Whether you're swirling
across the floor to a waltz or do-si-does to the commands of a
Square Dance Caller, you're getting exercise - and probably
having fun too.
DANCING PAIRS YOU UP WITH MORE THAN A PARTNER - From
burning calories to socializing with friends, dancing offers
these health benefits.
STRONG BONES - The side to side movements of many
dances strengthen your weight bearing bones (tibia, fibula and
femur) and can help prevent or slow loss of bone mass
CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITIONING - Regular exercise can lead to a
slower heart rate, lower blood pressure and an improved
Experts typically recommend 30 to 40 minutes of
continuous activity three to four times a week. Dancing may not
provide all the conditioning you need, but it can help. The
degree of cardiovascular conditioning depends on how vigorously
you dance, how long you dance continuously and how regularly you
CALORIES - Dancing can burn as many calories as walking, swimming or
riding a bicycle. During a half hour of sustained dancing you
can burn between 200 and 400 calories.
One factor that determines how many calories you'll expend is
distance. In one study, researchers attached pedometers to
square dancers and found that each person covered nearly five
miles in a single evening.
REHABILITATION - If you're recovering from heart or knee surgery, movement may be
a part of your rehabilitation. Square dancing is a positive
alternative to aerobic dance or jogging. (See your doctor first.)
SOCIABILITY - Dancing contains a social component that solitary fitness
endeavors don't. It gives you an opportunity to develop strong
social ties which contribute to self-esteem and a positive
outlook. A Square Dancer is just a friend that you haven't met
FAMILY FUN - Square Dancing is for the entire family. We don't allow any
alcohol or drugs at our dances. There are currently dancers
ranging from 8 years old to 95 years old dancing and having a
great time doing it
For information on classes contact any club, caller, cuer
or dancer listed on this web site.