STRENGTHENING BONES AND MUSCLES WITH … DANCING???

Did you know dancing is one of the most fun activities you can do that has multiple health benefits? Consider this … dancing:

• Strengthens bones and tones muscles
• Improves balance, coordination, and agility
• Increases memory function
• Is a good cardio workout, building endurance
• Relieves stress
• Helps with weight management
• Sharpens your brain
• Has social benefits by connecting with others

Wow, that embodies multiple health goals.

For many people, exercise can be a chore. Dancing, even in your living room to your favorite music, can achieve benefits while having fun. And it’s free. Studies have shown people will stick to a fitness routine they enjoy and dancing provides that lift of endorphins creating pleasure. It can bring out creativity unlike performing a repetitive aerobic exercise. The New England Journal of Medicine suggests there is a 76% reduced risk of dementia with regular dancing. That’s similar to playing a musical instrument.

As the aging process occurs, balance becomes a challenge and increases the risk of falling. The Center for Disease Control endorses dancing as a method to stabilize your balance to avoid a serious tumble. It helps strengthen your muscles, increases your flexibility, and sharpens your brain function which all contribute to avoiding falls.

Dancing also has many social benefits. It’s a great way to meet new people, interact with friends, boost mood, fight depression, and improve your outlook. It’s also a great cultural experience when learning new dances.

Anyone can dance … we’re not talking Dancing With The Stars … there’s a unique dance in everyone. Whether it’s salsa or foxtrot or line dancing or free form movement, it all counts toward improving your health. As with any new fitness routine, please check with your physician first. If you have joint or muscle issues you need checked before you begin, check out our website at https://www.360-orthopedics.com/ or call 941-951-2663 for an appointment at any of our three locations.

So what are you waiting for? Get smart and bust a move!