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Hang on to Youth with Square Dancing

By Tom Herrin

Putting one’s mind in gear to get fired up about exercise can take a lot of self-initiative.  Some have it more than others. Those checklists that indicate the need for more activity are all over the place.  It doesn’t take much in the way of general information to determine that a person may need to improve their own level of fitness.  The really good part of all this is that it does not require any high level of exercise to do some good. For those who are just not into conventional exercise, there are plenty of other things that can get them moving.  Some are fun and social. Square dancing is one that can be fun for the entire family while getting some quality activity.

It Can Burn Calories

Square dancing involves almost constant movement.  It has been said that a half hour of square dancing can burn as many as 400 calories.  That is comparable to walking, bike riding, or swimming. For those who have ever seen square dancing, they know that there is likely to be much more than a half hour of work.  People who join groups often dance for more than an hour per session.

It Can Improve Bone Density

Problems with bone strength are becoming more common.  Many people are rightly concerned with finding ways to improve density.  One of the best ways is weight bearing exercise. In square dancing, there is quite a bit of landing on the feet as people move, even though it is not heavy impact.  The steady motion can apparently help to do its part. In the overall health picture, it can be a great addition to a person’s program.

It May Help Prevent Accidents in Older People

When you are involved in dancing, you will need some coordination.  If you don’t have it, you will develop it. Improved coordination is one of the best ways to help avoid accidents and injury.  We use our coordination skills in so many things in our everyday lives that we take it for granted. Anytime our coordination becomes less, we risk more serious injuries.  Burning calories, improving bone density, and improving sharpening coordination can all be a part of keeping us acting and feeling younger. Square dancing may be just the change of pace to fill the void in your activity schedule.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Colorado Springs, Colo.


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