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as something we develop for the workplace.
But think of them as strengths,
they open up a huge number of opportunities.
!!! Learning to dance well is developing such a skill !!!


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Benefits of Dancing

Like it or not—rushed, lost, disillusioned—is a bane of modern existence, especially in this high-tech center of the San Francisco Bay Area. In this hectic, keeping up with the Joneses, purposeless and occasionally unforgiving chamber of angst, these banes trigger stress that can exert a huge toll on our health. Unhealthful foods, less than optimal lifestyle management, and unyielding environmental insults all combine to cause stress and create a perfect condition for ill-health.

To have a more vibrant lifestyle, we need a simple DIY self-care. Dancing is such a DIY self-care.

Healthful Dancing

Dancing is a great way for people of all ages, shapes and sizes to get fit and stay in shape. Besides being fun, dancing has many positive health benefits. The top health benefits are:

1. Flexibility:
Flexibility is an important part of being healthy, and dancing requires a great amount of flexibility. Most dance classes begin with a warm-up session including stretching exercises. Dancers must strive to achieve full range of motions for all major muscle groups. The greater the range of motion, the more muscles can flex and extend. Most forms of dance require the dancers to perform moves that involve bending and stretching, so dancers naturally become more flexible by simply dancing.
2. Strength:
Strength is the ability of a muscle to exert a force against resistance. Dancing builds strength by forcing the muscles to resist against a dancer’s own body weight. Many styles of dance, including Jazz, Ballet, and Hustle, require jumping and leaping high into the air. Jumping and leaping require tremendous strength of the major leg muscles. Ballroom dancing builds strength. Consider the muscle mass a male dancer develops by lifting his partner over his head!
3. Endurance:
Endurance is the ability of muscles to work hard for increasingly longer periods of time without fatigue. Exercise increases endurance. Regular dancing, especially vigorous dancing such as in ballroom dancing, is great for improving endurance. Elevating the heart rate can increase stamina. Just as in any form of exercise, regular dancing will build endurance.
4. Sense of Well-being:
Dancing is a social activity. Studies have shown that strong social ties and socializing with friends contribute to high self-esteem and a positive outlook. Dancing provides many opportunities to meet other peope. Joining a dance class can increase self-confidence and build social skills. Because physical activity reduces stress and tension, regular dancing gives an overall sense of well-being.
5. Mental and Physical:
Studies have shown that dancing has the health benefits of mental exercise and physical exercise, combined. Dancing—remembering the steps, moving in precise time to the music and adapting to the movement of the partner—are mentally demanding exercises. Therefore ballroom dancing offers both physical and mental stimulations.
6. Weight Control:
The healthful exercise from dancing will help keep weight under control, or ever lose weight.
7. Cardiopulmonary Fitness:
Physical activity strains the heart’s arteries and muscles by sending 10 times the normal amount of blood to the muscles being used. Stem cells then are dispatched to relieve this stress and may repair any damaged parts. If a patient continues to exercise, these stem cells help the body adapt to the stress, by building new blood vessels and strengthening muscles. But to maintain such benefits, the patient must exercise regularly.

Dancing As a Social Asset

Good dancing and good dancers heighten the atmosphere of an event. In business and professional life, a person can lend to their acceptance and belonging by the ability to dance. Dancing well labels one as a leader. In the social front, dancers have more friends. A good dancer is a definite plus in social occasions. If a man takes the time to learn to become a skilled and confident dancer, but not an overly forceful leader, ladies in the room will appreciate his presence. In fact, a good dancer does not have to be handsome to be popular. Similarly, a lady who is a good dancer radiates charm and grace, regardless of her physical appearance.

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