THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF SQUARE DANCING
In squares of eight across the country, dancers from senior-
With all its moving, twisting, and turning, square dancing provides more than the daily dose of heart-
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There are four levels of square dancing. There's Mainstream, then there's Plus, followed by the more professional, exhibition-
It's just so much fun. Square dancing is setting friendship to music. It's having a place to get up and go in the evening where you can really get your circulation going and feel you have had a good workout.
'If You Can Walk, You Can Square Dance'
Square dancing contributes to a more healthy and independent lifestyle.
Anything that keeps you active will keep you healthier and feeling younger.
Square dancing also helps you with the feeling of where you are in space and with coordination, and this may reduce falls and chances for fractures. Regular square dancing may boost endurance, and being able to tolerate longer bouts of moving faster may result in improved cardiac function as the heart, a muscle, can become more efficient if trained. Square dancing can be considered a type of cross training, which helps to offset the muscle loss and strength loss typically associated with normal aging.
The physical benefits of square dancing are impressive, to be sure, but don't discount the social payoff.
The primary benefit of square dancing is the social interaction between people.
Most of the activities that people do these days are individual, such as golfing, tennis, and bowling. Square dancing is kind of unique in that it involves touching hands -
And the touching in itself can be beneficial to health, according to studies conducted at the Touch Research Institute in Miami, which showed that regular touching can reduce stress and depression and enhance immune system function.
Ready to Sashay Your Way to Fitness?
You say you're tempted, but not sure if you've got what it takes? Don't underestimate yourself.
Square dancing is not as complex as it looks. We just learn one or two moves at a time and go from there.
So what's stopping you from joining in all the fun?
Contact our Public Relations Officer (PRO) today.
We take on new dancers once a year; look for more details on our new dancers page.
With grateful thanks to WebMD for providing much of this information.