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There May Be a Square Dancer Inside You

By Tom Herrin

People don’t often look deep enough at themselves to really know what they can do.  They often fail to keep an open enough mind to recognize what their potential is. Keeping it bottled up is usually the easiest way to live.  It is not so much that they don’t have an open mind as it is they often just don’t know what is out there. Finding out what is available may be the trick.  Something more unusual, for some, is square dancing. It may seem like an old-fashioned activity, but it is still alive and well in many communities. There are all kinds of clubs and groups who sponsor it with great success. Any dancing is healthy, but square dancing may be the most beneficial.

It Can Get You Moving

If you have ever seen square dancing, you know there is pretty steady movement.  As an exercise, it is said people can walk three to five miles in an evening of dancing.  There is no doubt about that because dancers are always moving and shuffling with almost no pauses during a round.  That is a pretty good workout for almost anyone.  A person who is just beginning may find themselves out of breath pretty fast. It can be a good heart-healthy activity.

It Is for the Entire Family

As far as a good social activity goes, square dancing is one that anyone can participate in.  In many cases, adults and children alike can enjoy the dancing and the general atmosphere. Families often develop a connection with others who have the same interest.  It is wholesome and unpretentious. Many of the people involved become good friends as it develops into a social bond that is as close as many church and other groups.

It Is a Good Stress Reliever

After a full day of work or school, square dancing can provide the change of pace that can be relaxing and can be like a breath of fresh air.  Looking forward to dancing can give you a little more incentive and motivation in the midst of a busy schedule. Since stress is a frequent contributor to illness and poor personal health, anything that can relieve it may promote better health.  Square dancing could fill that void for the entire family. It is relatively low cost activity that can get you on the road to better overall health.

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


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