Dance classes have now moved way beyond simply being something little girls – and boys – take after school for a few years before moving onto something else. Dance is a sport, a pleasurable – and very healthy – pursuit and certainly not something that has to be given up once you graduate, get married and/or have kids. It’s also an active pursuit that can be taken up at any time of life and by people of all different ability levels. In other words, adult dance classes are something that anyone looking to get a little more active – and social – should consider and here are just five very good reasons why.
Dancing is a Great Calorie Burner – Let’s be honest here; as an adult, many people primarily see exercise and working out as a way to burn calories and keep their weight in check. While it should also be about much more than that it’s a good enough place to start.
Depending on your current weight – and the type of dance – you can dance off up to 500 calories an hour and the effect of the effort will keep ‘working’ for several hours after your class is over. Need a practical example? A 155-pound person completing an hour of hip hop dancing will burn off around 540 calories – a better ‘return on their investment’ than many other workouts and, to be honest, is far more enjoyable than trudging on a treadmill facing the wall for an hour!
Dancing helps you maintain fitness motivation
To expand on a point we just touched on, many standard workouts are simply put, boring. And anything that is boring is very hard to remain motivated and committed to. Often when adults begin taking dance classes they don’t even see it as working out at all, because isn’t working out supposed to be a chore to be dreaded? The fact is that working out should be fun, and something that is fun is much easier to stick with, so you are far more likely to meet your fitness goals.
Dancing helps to relieve stress
Everyone leads busy lives these days, no matter what they do for a living or how old they are, and these busy lives usually bring with them more than a little stress. As study after study is demonstrating these days stress is not only bad for your mental health but it’s bad for your short and long term physical health as well.
Exercise in general can be a fantastic stress reliever, thanks in large part to the fact that exercise releases a naturally occurring ‘feel good’ hormone – serotonin – into the body. And, as several medical research studies have found dance does even more. The addition of enjoyable music – another big stress relieving serotonin booster – makes it twice as effective as a source of real, effective stress relief.
Dancing boosts memory and mental clarity
At any age the acts remembering routines and choreography and aerobic exercise have been shown to boost both memory and general mental clarity. This can be especially true however for older adults, a very good reason to get involved in dance classes even if you think you are ‘too old to start.’
Dancing boosts your social life
When you are a busy adult – especially a busy parent – it’s all too easy to get so wrapped up in the things you MUST do every day, and coordinating your kids’ social activities that you forget to make time to have a social life of your own (no, Facebook does not count.) Joining a dance class immediately puts you in contact with new people who, just by the virtue of the fact that they are there, obviously share at least some interests with you so dance class is a great place to socialize, make new friends and expand your personal social horizons all at the same time.
Visit our Dance/Cheer section and review the goals and description of our classes to find out which one best fits the needs of your child. Our lesson plans are designed to accommodate every age group and skill level. For questions and inquiries, feel free to give us a call 913-766-8918 or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org