If I Could Teach the World to Dance…
As the release of Classroom Fitness Dance approaches its two-week anniversary, I can’t help but celebrate the amazing fact that we’ve sold in twelve countries! It gives me great joy to think of people all over the world who are experiencing the joy of dance. In addition to being just plain fun – dancing gives to you incredible benefits for your body, brain and soul.
Confidence – Dancing is a social activity. Studies have shown that strong social ties contribute to high self-esteem and a positive outlook. Friends help us grow, make us laugh and support us as we learn and dancing provides the opportunities to do just that. Dancing can unite friends, generations and cultures, inspire new romances or rekindle old ones.
Body and Soul – People all over the world love to dance. Interacting with different cultures improves your health by expanding your mind and sharing your spirit. Dancing strengthens and stretches your muscles as you learn to move it in creative, new ways. Feeling the beat and moving your body in dynamic ways is exhilarating.
Flexibility – Flexibility is an important part of being healthy and dance requires a great amount of flexibility. Being flexible can prevent everyday injury, improve your posture and lengthen your muscles for a longer, leaner look. Most forms of dance require dancers to perform moves that require bending and stretching, so dancers naturally become more flexible by simply dancing.
Endurance – Dance is physical exercise that increases endurance. Endurance is the ability of muscles to work hard for increasingly longer periods of time without fatigue. Elevating the heart rate can increase stamina. Jumping, hopping and leaping require muscle strength. Regular dancing will build endurance.
Brain – Interestingly, dancing has a triple benefit for the brain. Not only does the physical aspect of dancing increase blood flow to the brain, but also the social aspect of the activity leads to less stress, depression and loneliness. Further, dancing requires memorizing steps and working with a partner, both of which provide mental challenges that are crucial for brain health.
To enjoy the benefits of dance, check out the Classroom Fitness Dance App on the App Store at: http://itunes.com/apps/ClassroomFitness