Dance Like No-one’s Watching Why Dance Is Good For You
Finding the motivation and discipline needed to get out of bed and go for a run or hit the gym can be tricky. While most of us recognize the vital importance of exercise few actually get it. For most the appeal of exercise is limited and while intentions are often good, maintaining the commitment to an exercise routine requires serious will power in most cases. This is why many Americans are turning to the cha-cha-cha, the tango and the mambo. Spurred on by the success of televised dance competitions and the need to find a form of exercise that is both fun and effective, private dance lessons are increasingly on the agenda for Americans looking to get fit.
There are now more than 8,400 dance studios in the U.S and the industry itself grew 2.3% per year in the period from 2009 to 2014. Over the 10 year period from 2001 to 2011, the number of Americans signing up for private dance lessons jumped 35%. Drawing on the Italian word ballare, the word ballroom means dance room, and the rules of ballroom dancing were first formalized in the 17th century when the Royal Academy of Music and Dance was founded by King Louis XIV. It is now an Olympic sport and grows in popularity every year.
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that regular dance classes could aid memory improvement and reduce risks of dementia. Similar studies found that dance was of benefit to those suffering from depression as it helped to reduce the symptoms. In addition, they can reduce daily stress levels according to a controlled study by the Journal of Applied Gerontology. One of the benefits of ballroom dance lessons or other types of private dance classes is that they increase flexibility while offering a regular form of exercise needed to maintain a healthy weight.
Most people associate ballroom with first wedding dance lessons, but there are a range of options for anyone interested in dance from dance classes for kids to group dance lessons. It is much easier to maintain an exercise regimen if the activity is enjoyable and fun as well as effective. The diversity of dance coupled with its social nature and sexy appeal make it an ideal choice for those looking to keep fit without having to head for the track or the gym.