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Dancing Leads to a Healthier Heart

Maintaining a heart health is vital for a long life. Blood pressure, stress, and high cholesterol levels are only a few of the many factors that can put your heart at risk. Thankfully, there are many ways to protect your heart, with consuming healthy diet and exercise being the front-runners.

And while you might think you need to strap on a pair of sneakers to keep your ticker in tip-top shape, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Dancing is an excellent way to boost heart health while having a great time.

Whether you sway to your favorite tunes while in the car or flaunt your fancy footwork on the dance floor, dancing is something most people enjoy. Not only does dancing improve your physical health, but it also has many psychological benefits.

It’s a great form of exercise that gets both your mind and body working together no matter who you are or your level of expertise. And with so many styles of dance, it’s easy to find a class and get started. Enjoying your favorite past time while gaining all of the benefits is what dancing is all about!

Similar to other forms of low-impact cardiovascular exercise, dancing can improve your cardiovascular health, strengthen bones and muscles, increase your stamina, and war off other types of illness. But aside from the perks associated with any type of heart-pounding activity, dancing has a cardio edge with very unique benefits that really can’t be achieved with other low-impact exercises.

Dancing can give you so much more than traditional cardio can. Cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, body composition and flexibility all come into play when you dance. Activities like running on a treadmill can improve your cardiovascular endurance and body composition, but dancing actually targets those two elements as well as flexibility and muscular endurance. And that’s on top of agility, balance, coordination, power, and reactivity.

Slow dancing does have benefits, but to count as true cardio, you need to get your heart pumping. Aim for an exertion level between 5 and 7 on a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is the hardest.  Even though you are doing something you enjoy, you still need to increase your heart rate to achieve maximum benefit.

So, what are you waiting for?  Grab your dancing shoes and hit the floor! 
Dance on it to our location at: 1711 N College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404.  Or call us at: (812) 334-0553.

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