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You Can Probably Dance Better Than You Think

By Tom Herrin

Many of the skills we use are learned.  As we get older, we often realize that developing new skills and abilities is important.  Not only does it challenge our brains to work, but it also builds plenty of other things that are helpful to our bodies.  It seems that dancing can be a great way to improve conditioning and have fun at the same. While some people have difficulties with some of the more challenging steps, square dancing is different.  It is easily learned, and most of the steps are simple.

It Can Strengthen Bones

Since many of the steps in square dancing involve movements in which there is weight bearing activity, it can help to increase bone density.  Weight bearing exercise is known to be one of the most effective ways to build bone density. With many side to side movements, it can strengthen the bones of the legs.  The steady pace of the dancing may go a long way for improving overall health.

It Is an Ageless Activity

Unlike so many other things people endeavor to become involved in, square dancing is simple enough that even children can do it.  It is not so physically stressful that older individuals must be excluded. This means that it is something that can include the entire family.  No one has to be left out. When the whole family can do something together while exercising and having fun, it can go beyond the physical benefits and move into the area of increasing emotional bonds.  Families that spend more time together tend to have greater communication and stronger ties. This can serve as motivation for all.

It May Be a Useful Mental Workout

There is quite a bit of concern today about conditions that affect the mental functions and the brain.  When you use your mind to think and respond to instructions, you help to maintain some of the mental skills used for function. Some studies have even shown that square dancing may temporarily delay the effects of Parkinson’s. As we strive to improve our health, doing all that we can to protect it, we are in a constant search to find ways to keep our minds functioning as well as possible.  You may want to add square dancing to your list. You may surprise yourself at how much fun it can be.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Brentwood, Calif.


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