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Dance Your Way to Better Health

If you were told that you could burn fat and tone up to stay in shape while having fun, would you believe it? The latest workout craze—Zumba has taken the nation by storm. Are you willing to give it a try to keep yourself in tip-top shape?

Originating in Colombia, this international fitness obsession took the Spanish culture’s love for dance and turned it into a form of exercise that has turned the not-so-thrilling saying, “no pain, no gain” into a thing of the past.

“Ditch the Workout—Join the Party”

According to the CEO of Zumba, Alberto Perez, during a review with CBS This Morning, Zumba was created when he saw people of all ages smiling, cheering, sweating and laughing at the same time while receiving a full body workout. In three simple words, he defined Zumba as fitness without sacrifice.

Put Your Heart into It

The health benefits of dancing not only play a role in enhancing your mood, they help to keep you in shape. Here are 10 ways that moving around and dancing to the beat will keep you healthy and on your feet!

  1. Increase energy– Dancing is a great way to get your daily dose of cardio. According to Ilyse Baker, dancing twice a week reduces your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
  2. Increase strength and flexibility– By strengthening key muscles in your legs and midsection, dancing helps with balance and posture.
  3. Increase coordination– Although the minimal amount of coordination must be utilized to perform everyday tasks; dance requires both strength training and flexibility along with posture and balance.
  4. Improve mood by decreasing stress levels and tension– Reduce stress by interacting with others in a large, or small, social group. Besides, how could anyone feel blue when dancing to upbeat Latin-inspired music?
  5. Weight management– Belly fat is a key indication of poor health. Dancing is a form of exercise that can help you to lose weight without straining your muscles.
  6. Lowers risk for heart disease– From teenagers to seniors, dancing aids in efficient oxygen use, similar to trained athletes.
  7. Decrease blood pressure– Aerobic exercises help to reduce blood pressure by increasing your breathing rate and strengthening the heart.
  8. Lower cholesterol levels– Going hand-in-hand with decreasing blood pressure, dancing is a great cardiovascular exercise that strengthens the heart muscle and increases lung power.
  9. Builds endurance and stamina– 30 minutes a day can improve stamina and increase endurance. Be sure to monitor your heart rate!
  10. Reduce heart rate– Strength training is a key factor to take into consideration when aiming to reduce your heart rate. With continuous exercise, your heart will eventually adapt to muscle contractions and become stronger. 
With the summer months fast approaching, now is the best time to get into shape. Dancing is a low impact, healthy alternative to weight training and is great for women of all ages. For tips on how to keep your heart healthy, contact the Long Island Heart Associates, today.
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